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.
I’m collaborating with Abhay Adhikari to bring his Digital Identity seminars to Yorkshire with a focus on those working in creative industries / culture / arts / heritage / museums etc.
The seminars take place on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd of May at the National Centre for Early Music in York (click the links for more info):
Strategic development for the arts, culture and heritage sectors
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Suitable for: producers, directors, curators and senior management
Campaigning and visibility for the arts, culture and heritage sectors
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Suitable for: marketing and communications teams
Finding your audience and collaborators online
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Suitable for: individual practitioners and community led organisations
Abhay has done a great post on his blog about the project so far in it’s different manifestations:
The Digital Identities in Interesting Spaces project has been running for close to eight months. The first round of commissions and activities are now complete and new ones are about to begin. This is a fairly exciting period as the scope of activities is widening in scale and participation. This post provides a brief snapshot of the work carried out so far. I have also outlined plans for the next quarter.
Read more now…
Hope to see you in York in May?
I’m working (as i may have mentioned) with Dr Abhay Adhikari on a series of seminars for those working in the arts, culture, heritage and creative sectors.
You can read more about the 3 different workshops taking place in York (1 -3 May) here and /or here .
In the meantime you may be interested in this article Abhay wrote for The Guardian’s website:
How charities can use social media for digital campaigning.
Social media thrives on conversations. It isn’t meant for broadcast but for engagement, and that should play to the strengths of voluntary sector campaigns. However, digital campaigning is still regarded as replicating campaign messages and relationships from the physical world in the digital landscape. Basically, trying to reach out to the same people, saying the same things online. And that is where many organisations should tread carefully.
Here are four ways to think about your digital offering in a different way:…
…Read the full article on The Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network Blog.
You can follow Abhay on twitter – @gopaldass