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Keep Music Live

Over the last year, we have fought to save the War Horse Band, supported venues fighting for survival and lobbied for the Agent of Change principle – all under the banner ‘Keep Music Live’.

Agent of Change

This would seem to be a fair and proper arrangement and it's about time we adopted this law here. Read more from MU Assistant General Secretary Horace Trubridge at The Huffington Post.

We are lobbying for the Agent of Change Principle, which would make venues less vulnerable to complaints coming from residents of flats and houses that were built nearby after the venue was established. The law would make it the legal responsibility of the person or persons who have brought about changes that inadvertently affect an individual or an individual's business to take steps to remedy the problem.

If a venue near you is under threat due to noise complaints or development, please contact your Regional Office.

Honesty Code

We believe audiences should be informed in advance if a performance is using recorded music as a substitute for live music.

This would enable consumers to make informed decisions before parting with money and would recognise and reward those artists, producers, promoters and programme makers who continue to value and support live music.

The MU continues to lobby on this basis and we have staged protests and demonstrations where appropriate.

Campaign News

Changes to PRS's Tariff LP are approved by the Copyright Tribunal

The Copyright Tribunal has approved a revision to PRS’s Tariff LP following three years of discussions between PRS and representatives of the live sector.

Help keep the Stratford ArtsHouse open

It was announced on Thursday that the Stratford ArtsHouse – home to the Orchestra of the Swan – is due to close on 5 May. Act now to help secure the future of this essential community space.

Cuts to Fife Instrumental Music Service

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is working with the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) following proposed cuts to the music service in Fife.

Agent of Change Principle on the Agenda in the Scottish Parliament

A ministerial statement on Planning was made at Holyrood on the Tuesday 5 December by Lewis MacDonald MSP in regards to the implementation of the Agent of Change principle in Scotland.