Music Act 2012
The 1st of october 2012 marks the start of the Music Act 2012 designed to ease the bureaucratic burden on smaller venues wanting to put on live music. In 2003 the new Licensing Act added extra regulation around entertainment. The Music Act 2012, 9 yrs later, is a response to pressure from the industry on both sides (musicians and venues).
This is widely considered to be great news for venues and musicians alike, and is hoped that it will local live music back at the heart of the country’s cultural life.
The MU have produced a useful little guide giving details about what this means for you if you run a venue. you can download the guide here
in a nutshell this act is for you if the following conditions apply:
- you have fewer than 200 people in the audience for amplified live music.
- or if the music is un-amplified (then there is no limit on audience size – apart from the obvious “i can’t hear you” being shouted from the back of your 1000 strong crowd)
- Music can only take place between 8AM and 11PM.
- and you have to be based in England or Wales.
There is of course some nuances to understand about what sort of venue / premises / workplace you are. You could look at the full act here or contact your local licensing officer for further advice.
It is worth noting that your obligations around PRS, PLL and H&S all still apply.
As always (the small print bit) this blog post does not constitute legal advice, and is posted for info only! That said i’m happy to work with venues / promotors / musicians to better understand your licensing position or to ensure that you are understanding your obligations around H&S and so on. Do get in touch to discuss.