UK Live Music Bill cleared by Commons

Legislation that would make it easier for small venues in the UK to host live music has been cleared in the House of Commons.
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The Live Music Bill has been passed unopposed by the House of Commons; the final stage of the process is for the Bill to be rubber stamped by Lords owing to an amendment in the Commons at committee stage. According to Liberal democrat MP Don Foster (pictured), who introduced the private member’s bill, this next stage, to be held on 10 February, is “a minor hurdle”. Originally proposed during the last parliament, the Bill aims to facilitate varying levels of regulation depending on whether the live music is amplified or unamplified. Unamplified music would not require a licence in a venue if no other licensable activities are taking place (with the exception of late night food) and the music takes place between 8am and 11pm on the same day. Meanwhile, amplified music would not require a licence if the music takes place between 8am and 11pm on the same day, the performance is to no more than 200 persons, and the venue is a workplace as defined in regulation 2(1) of the Workplace (Healthy, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. In addition, conditions relating to live music may be added to a premise licence for alcohol under the regular review process. Last month it was announced that the Bill had the full support of the Local Government Association – read about it here.



Live Music Bill to become law

The Live Music Bill received Royal Assent on 8 March, becoming the Live Music Act. Once in effect, small venues wanting to host live music will no longer need a local authority entertainment licence between the hours of 8am and 11pm.


Live Music Bill becoming law

This Thursday, the Live Music Bill will become the Live Music Act. The Act will make it easier for small venues to host live events by eliminating the need for a entertainment license.

Further progress for Lib Dem peer's Live Music Bill

UK: Lord Clement-Jones (pictured) is seeking to increase the number of opportunities for small-scale live performance, writes David Davies. Intended "to revive live music", the Liberal Democrat peer's bill has attracted the support of the Musicians' Union and UK Music, among many others.

Lib Dem peer speaking out for live music

UK: Lord Clement-Jones' bill "to revive live music" received its Second Reading last Friday (January 15), writes David Davies. The Live Music Bill - the First Reading of which took place in the House of Lords last July - recommends that any venue with a capacity of 200 or less should not need a licence for live music and that the 'two in a bar' rule be reintroduced, enabling two performers to play non- or minimally-amplified music in a pub or bar without a licence.


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.