Monday, 1 October 2012

Live Music Act live!

Tim Clement-Jones

Lord Tim Clement-Jones’ Live Music Act 2012 comes into force today in England and Wales (Monday 1st October 2012) and hopefully will deregulate smaller live music events and free them from the bureaucracy of the Licensing Act 2003. For the Act to apply:

  • The premises must be open for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises while the live music is being performed. If the music is amplified, the audience must be fewer than 200 (not including staff and performers) and the music cannot extend outside the hours of 8am to 11pm Monday to Sunday.
  • If the music is unamplified, whether or not it is performed on licenced premises, then there is no limit to the audience numbers, and it no longer requires any sort of licencing permission, provided the music finishes at 11pm.
The Act, a private members bill championed by the Lim Dem peer and MP Don Foster has been widely applauded by the live industry in the UK and is seen as a good tool for promoting grass root events, but to be clear the Act only applies to live music – it does NOT apply to DJ sets, discos or any other type of recorded music or other activities regulated by the Licensing Act.

An interesting history of the Act by campaigner Hamish Birchall here on the Live Music Exchange website

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