The Government is currently consulting on plans to extend deregulation of live music. The Live Music Act 2012 brought in an exemption to the Licensing Act for venues putting on live music with fewer than 200 people in attendance. The current plans suggest extending this exemption to audiences of fewer than 500.
The MU supports this as it is a further step towards the deregulation of live music. We have responded to the Government consultation but please consider adding your name to the list of supporters by emailing the following to:
I welcome Government plans to bring forward changes to entertainment licensing. My remarks are primarily focused on supporting proposals to deregulate live and recorded music. The key features of this deregulation being:-
• To increase the size of an audience that does not require permission for a performance of amplified live music taking place between 08:00 and 23:00 in a licensed premise or workplace from 200 to 500 people.
• To exempt the playing of recorded music from requiring permission between 08:00 and 23:00 in a licensed premise where an audience does not exceed 500 people.
• To exempt live and recorded music activities held in a school, hospital, community or local authority premise from entertainment licensing between 08:00 and 23:00 where an audience does not exceed 500 people.
• To exempt entertainment activities held by, or on behalf of, local authorities, schools, hospitals on their own premises, as well as nursery provision on non-domestic premises, from entertainment licensing between 08:00 and 23:00 with no audience limits.
Posted: December 9, 2013