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A Good Day For Publicans And Musicians!

Published: 1 Oct 12, 12:26pm  |  Author: Katy Miller

BBC news reported today that: 'venues with a capacity of under 200 people will no longer need a licence for live amplified music,’ after a bill pushed through by Liberal Democrat Dan Foster, that aimed to amend aspects of the 2003 Licensing Act, was met with success.

As many of DG Music’s clients and artists will know, since 2003 venues have been required to pay for a licence in order to play live music. This law was applicable to all sorts of events and venues, from live bands at clubs and bars, to school plays, amateur dramatics and even Punch and Judy shows! The bill meant that if a publican showcased a solo performer without a licence they could face a fine of up to £20,000 or a jail sentence. Obviously this had a damaging effect on arts and culture within communities, and stifled the growth of many small businesses.

However the House of Commons has now seen sense and agreed with this new amendment, allowing venues to play music between the hours of 8am to 11pm, without risk of imprisonment or financial loss. It appears that the red tape has been lifted, and we are coming closer to ridding over-the-top bureaucracy from our daily lives.

There are those that see the negatives in this recent change to licencing laws; Alan Bratt, convener of the Noise Group of the Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Environmental Protection Group, commented that ‘It beggars belief that they are trying to do this,’ going onto say that ‘there is a danger of a return to the free-for-all days when people held raves whenever and wherever they could.’

True enough, no one wants to be near a ‘rave’ when they are trying to sleep or get some quiet time, but can music at the local pub or a DJ set at a school disco, be labelled ‘a rave'? And is a world where you are free to play and listen to music, really a danger?

During this recession, when there is an unprecedented amount of pub closures, surely this ammendment can only be a great thing.

For BBC News coverage on this story, Cick Here.

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About Katy Miller

Katy has been working at DG Music since July 2012, and is in charge of Web and Blog content. She graduated from Oxford Brookes last summer with a degree in music, and will be undertaking a Masters in Popular Music Research this September.

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