More small venues need to be made aware of the Live Music Act, says report

The act states that live music can be played at any venue with a capacity of less than 200

The Musician’s Union and the UK Music group have said that more small venues need to made aware of the Live Music Act.

The act, which came into effect last year, meant that live, unamplified music could be played in any location or venue with a capacity of up to 200 people. The only restriction on the music was that it must be played between the hours of 8am and 11pm.

However, a new report – via The Stage – states that not enough venues are aware of the legislation. Director of public performance sales at the Performing Rights Society for Music, Paul Clements has said: “The Live Music Act should be applauded, but there is still more work to do to ensure venues are aware of the great opportunities and profitability which live music provides.”

Earlier this year it was proposed that the Live Music Act would be amended, so that venues with a capacity of up to 500 people would be exempt from licensing requirements. Additionally, the consultation also suggested that recorded music should be treated in the same way as live music. In theory this means venues of the same 500 capacity will be exempt from the same licensing requirements. Community premises such as church and village halls and community centres will be exempt from licensing requirements for live and recorded music for audiences of up to 500 people.