Published on September 18th, 2012 | by Dean Carr
The Live Music Act 2012
The countdown has begun for performers and aspiring live music venues!
The Live Music Act 2012 comes into force on 1 October, sweeping away many of the restrictions put in place by the Licensing Act 2003. The reform has been pushed through parliament in an attempt to support grassroots live music in the UK. Making it simpler for venues to host live music should in turn make it easier for performers to find places to play.
Once in effect, the Live Music Act will remove the licensing requirements for:
• amplified live music between 8am and 11pm before audiences of no more than 200 people on premises authorised to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises;
• amplified live music between 8am and 11pm before audiences of no more than 200 people in workplaces not otherwise licensed under the 2003 Act (or licensed only for the provision of late night refreshment); and
• unamplified live music between 8am and 11pm in all venues.
There will be no audience limit for performances of unamplified live music.
The licensing law:
The performance of live music is regulated under the four licensable activities:
- The sale by retail of alcohol
- The supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, the member of a club
- The provision of regulated entertainment
- The provision of late-night refreshment
Under the Live Music Act 2012, an unlicensed premises will be able to host live music between 8am and 11pm, fitting the conditions above. Perhaps more significantly, premises licensed to sell alcohol will be able to host live music without amending the premises licence to include the provision of regulated entertainment, avoiding a costly major variation of the licence.
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