March 8, 2011 15:48

Live Music Bill receives UK government support

Bill authors seek to let small venues put on gigs more freely

Live Music Bill receives UK government support

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A Live Music Bill that its authors aim to use to free up regulations for small music venues has received support from the UK government.

Conservative Party peer Baroness Rawlings gave the Government's consent to the bill pending assessment, which has been masterminded by Lord Clement-Jones, during its second reading in the House Of Lords on Friday (March 4).

The bill could now become law, meaning that regulation for live music at small venues could change.

It has so far drawn support from other peers including Michael Grade, Robin Teverson, Floella Benjamin and Joan Bakewell, reports Music Week.

The UK Music industry umbrella organisation, headed by former Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey, has also given its support to the bill.

Sharkey 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."

He added: "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."

The bill will now be heard again in the House Of Lords, where amendments can be made, before being allowed to progress to the House Of Commoms.

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