Live Music Act in effect

The Live Music Act took effect 1 October and to coincide with the launch, the Musicians’ Union has created a ‘Live Music Kit’ containing practical and creative advice for venues wishing to host live music events.
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The Live Music Act took effect on 1 October, 2012 and to coincide with the launch, the Musicians’ Union has created a ‘Live Music Kit’ containing practical and creative advice for venues. Covered extensively by PSNEurope, the Live Music Act was introduced as a Bill by Lib Dem Peer Tim Clement-Jones and promoted in the Commons by Bath MP Don Foster. It received Royal Assent – becoming the Live Music Act – in March of this year and is meant to encourage pubs and other small venues to host live music events. The MU’s kit outlines the terms of the Act, outlines the benefits of a live music programme, and advises on the legislative, practical and creative elements involved in hosting live music. The kit contains a range of resources, including performance contracts, health and safety issues, promotional advice and useful contacts. John Smith, MU general secretary commented: “The implementation of the Live Music Act signifies an exciting time for both venues and musicians, who can use the opportunity to work together to create a growing audience and profile, and long-term success. As the research undertaken by PRS for Music has shown, live music can be hugely beneficial for pubs – pubs without featured music being three times more likely to close than pubs with featured music.” The Live Music Kit is available for download from the MU website or in printed format. To request a copy, please contact: Isabelle Gutierrez, MU research and press official at



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