Venues still to benefit from Live Music Act – MU report

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Many small venues are still not aware of the benefits of the Live Music Act one year after it was introduced, according to a report co-written by the Musicians’ Union.

The Rocktober Report, which was co-authored by umbrella organisation UK Music and was based on a series of roundtable events held by the two groups, has revealed that “there is still more work to do” in raising awareness about the legislation.

The act, which came into effect last October, means venues in England and Wales that sell alcohol now no longer need a licence for live music shows with an audience size of less than 200, between 8am and 11pm.

Last year, a report - the Live Music Act Baseline Study - found that around 80% of 1,000 small venues surveyed were not aware of the new Live Music Act coming into effect.

Paul Clements, director of public performance sales at the Performing Right Society for Music, said in the Rocktober Report: “The Live Music Act should be applauded, but there is still more work to do to ensure venues are aware of the great opportunities and profitability which live music provides.”

The report also re-iterated the industry’s call for further deregulation of live music in venues.

It highlighted the government’s commitment to removing licensing for music shows in venues with audiences of up to 500 people.

This would bring music licensing rules into line with those for live performances of plays and dance shows, after they were relaxed earlier this year.