UK Music welcomes government support for live music bill

Date: 7th March 2011

The UK music industry today (March 7th) welcomes Government support for Lord Clement-Jones’ live music bill, following its second reading in the House of Lords on Friday March 4th.

The private members bill seeks to exempt small venues from the need to obtain a licence for the performance of live music. It will now advance to Committee stage in the Lords.

Government support for the bill, delivered by Baroness Rawlings, will be subject to certain conditions, including a full impact assessment before proposals could become law and an 11pm cut-off time for performances.

Alongside Lord Clement-Jones, the bill was supported by Peers from across the political spectrum, including Michael Grade, Jenny Randerson, Robin Teverson, Anthony Colwyn, Joan Bakewell, Floella Benjamin, Rupert Redesdale and Merlin Hay.

Commenting on the bill’s passage, Feargal Sharkey, CEO UK Music said: “Not for the first time, I think the entire music industry will want to show its gratitude to Lord Clement-Jones for his perseverance and support. Cutting red tape around the performance of small-scale live music will have a major impact on the careers of fledgling artists and jobbing musicians.

“With Government now openly supporting the common sense measures in this Bill, there is growing confidence that we can move quickly forward to unshackle and promote one of this country’s greatest and most identifiable assets.”

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