UK Music reveals huge potential of live music act

  • 13,000 venues could now stage live music for the first time
  • 20,400 venues could increase their provision of live music


Today (Friday 21st September) UK Music unveils new research into the potential impact of the Live Music Act 2012.

Passed as an Act of Parliament in March 2012, the Live Music Act will see the deregulation of live performance* in venues of no more than 200 people.

UK Music, commissioned The Market Research Group at the University of Bournemouth to survey 1000 premises to look at the potential impact of the Act.

According to our findings, the Live Music Act could lead to an additional 13,000 venues staging live music in their premises for the first time, and a further 20,400 venues increasing their current provision of live music. In total 33,400 premises will stage more live music once the Act comes into force than they have in the last 12 months.

The research showed that more than half (51%) of small venues in England and Wales currently hold a licence from their local authority to stage live music. However 78% of all small premises surveyed were unaware of the passing of the Live Music Act. The research has indicated that there must be an education process to unlock the Act’s full potential.

Jo Dipple, Chief Executive of UK Music said, “The results of this baseline research are very exciting. The Act, as we had hoped, has a potentially huge impact on the live music scene.

The purpose of this legislation is to encourage more live music performances. Small venues will no longer have to apply to their local authority to stage live music. The Act will mean that the staging of live music will be cheaper and easier for venues up and down the country.

UK Music has committed to working with the Musicians’ Union on an awareness campaign for venues and artists to ensure that the Act has the biggest impact. We also look forward to working with Government on the implementation of the Act.”

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications & the Creative Industries, DCMS; “The Live Music Act is a thoroughly welcome piece of legislation.  It had my full support and that of Government as it became law and we are now committed to seeing it implemented quickly and efficiently. New legislation should be scrutinised and initiatives like this UK Music research will help Government assess its impact.  I am delighted that early indications show it will energise tens of thousands of new live music performances, exactly as we hoped.”

Notes to Editors

*  Live music performances in licensed premises where there is an audience of up to 200 people are exempt from needing specific permission for amplified live music between 8am and 11pm. This exemption applies to defined workplaces as well as licensed premises. In addition, the Live Music Act also creates a blanket exemption for unamplified music which is not dependent on the size of an audience.

Full a full version of the report please see below.

UKMUSIC-Live Music Baseline Research.pdf

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