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Live Music Act to become law in October

By | Published on Tuesday 17 April 2012

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The Live Music Act, the bit of private members’ legislation that will remove the licensing obligations of those organising smaller or unamplified gigs in England and Wales, will go live on 1 Oct it has been confirmed.

As previously reported, the Act was passed by parliament in January and got royal assent in March. Some had hoped that the removal of licensing obligations for smaller gig promoters, that were originally introduced by the 2003 Licensing Act, would happen before the upcoming Jubilee and Olympic festivities, but supporters of the legislation have said they’d rather the new system be launched properly, than see it rushed and misunderstood.

Ahead of an event in Westminster to celebrate the Act becoming law, UK Music CEO Jo Dipple told CMU: “This act will reverse the damaging effect the Licensing Act had on live musical performances in the UK”.

She continued: “Our most successful musicians, Joy Division, The Sex Pistols and the Rolling Stones all learnt their trade and earned their livings in small clubs and bars. Reversing over zealous licensing regulations will create new opportunities for British artists. The Rose & Crown in Totteridge Park and The Constitution in Camden Town will be – thanks to this Act – full of music and seedbeds for talent. Tomorrow’s headline acts will grow from these seedbeds which is great for music lovers and for the wider UK economy”.