Event organisers will be (or at least should be) very familiar with the Purple Guide – it has provided guidance across a range of subjects from crowd management to fireworks, medical provision to waste management, and so on, since 1993.
Over the last couple of years the HSE have undergone consultation with industry practitioners and have together drawn up a new version.
The new Purple Guide is available now (in draft) online:
**UPDATE – the draft version online is closed now ** (01/2014)
From the site:
“The Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events (Draft) has been drawn up by the Events Industry Forum in consultation with the UK events industry, including representatives from regional and national Government. This publication is designed to replace the original ‘Purple Guide’ (HSG195) which was originally published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in consultation with the industry.
Covering both legislation and good practice, this new guide has been designed to sign-post event organisers and suppliers to the practices and issues that need to be considered when events are being organised. The contents are not designed to be prescriptive and those using this guidance should undertake appropriate risk assessments and evaluations to evaluate the specific requirements of the specific events they are organising or involved with.”
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.