The Musicians’ Union has released a handbook giving advice on how the Live Music Act will affect venues and performers.
The Live Music Kit explains why the legislation, which came into effect earlier this week, means that “many small venues” can now host live music without holding a music licence.
Venues in England and Wales with an alcohol licence are eligible to host live music between 8am and 11pm for an audience of fewer than 200 people for performances of amplified music, and no audience limit for performances of unamplified music.
The kit explains the benefits to small venues of putting on live music, how to source musicians, and the financial arrangements for hosting such an event. It also gives advice on promotion and health and safety.
John Smith, MU general secretary, said: “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. At a time when many working musicians are struggling, this exemption is great news because I am confident that it will bring about a real resurgence in live music in pubs and other small venues.”