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Published on February 15th, 2011 | by Dean Carr


Will the Big Society support live music?

Music Industries Association challenges new Government initiative

The MIA has again pledged to back the campaign to support live music – but has asked whether the much-hyped Big Society initiative will take this issue to heart.

The House of Lords has now set Monday March 4th for the second reading of the Clement-Jones Live Music Bill, which proposed an exception from the Act for a band playing a venue with 200 people.

The MIA sees live music as being a key community function that brings people together. Small venues, claims the trade body, are a major part of communities and helping them to be able to put on live music is a great demonstration of the Big Society in action.

The Bill presents an opportunity for the Government to get on board to support an exception in the Licensing Act to allow pubs and clubs to host small scale gigs without an expensive licence.

It is not yet known whether the Government would provide the necessary support, however.

“While it is encouraging that the Bill will be debated, the fact that it remains unclear whether the Government will provide the necessary support is of concern,” said the MIA’s CEO Paul McManus.

“It would appear to us that this debate goes to the heart of the much-vaunted Big Society initiative. Clear data has been presented that shows nearly 75 per cent of stakeholders, including councils, licensees and venue owners in favour of a change in the law to allow an exemption for small venues. Many of these venues both want and need to provide live music, both to generate revenue and to provide diversity in entertainment for their customers.”

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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