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Musicians' Union Live Music Kit boost to grassroots

The MU's innovative ‘Live Music Kit’ contains practical and creative advice for venues following the implementation of the Live Music Act in 2012.

The Kit outlines the terms of the Act and explains how a live music programme can enhance a business by creating a higher profile, a more vibrant atmosphere and lead to an increase in revenue. It also advises on the legislative, practical and creative elements involved in hosting live music, and features a range of resources. These include performance contracts, health and safety issues, promotional advice and useful contacts.

According to research conducted by UK Music, 78% of premises are unaware of the passing of the Act and what it will mean for them. The research - entitled Live Music Act 2012 Baseline Study - estimates that up to 33,400 premises will be staging more live music as a result of the provisions of the Act.

John Smith, MU General Secretary: “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.”

“At a time when many working musicians are struggling, and events such as the Olympics and Jubilee celebrations seem to have brought about only unpaid gigs, this exemption is great news for them because I am confident that it will bring about a real resurgence in live music in pubs and other small venues.”

“Small venues are, after all, the places where most musicians start their careers and so promoting opportunities for live performance in small venues protects the career progression of musicians in the UK.  We also believe that live music performance is an essential aspect of culture in the UK and that it should be promoted in its own right. This is why the Live Music Act is so important, and we hope that the Live Music Kit will help venues to make the most of the new exemption.”

The Live Music Kit is available in PDF format and ISSUU page turner.

To request a printed copy, please contact: Isabelle Gutierrez, MU Research and Press Official on 020 7840 5507.
Published: 26/09/2012
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