Music e-Petition

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by alanl58, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. alanl58

    alanl58 Member

    I signed the e-petition to the Prime Minister protesting about the over burdensome licences now required for band performances in the open air, and have received the following reply:

    "Thank you for signing the epetition expressing concerns that the new licensing act is restricting music and dance.

    The Government recognises the vital role that live music and dance play in our national life and wants to see it expanded not reduced. So there is absolutely no intention of restricting performances through unnecessary licensing regulations. But it is also the case, of course, that some live performances can impact on the wider community, not least through noise, public safety or nuisance to local residents.

    So the aim of the Licensing Act was to streamline the system which had grown up over many years, reducing unnecessary burdens but giving local communities a greater say in the licensing decisions that affect them. The Act, for example, has removed the need to apply for several different permits to put on events and enabled more venues to put on performances.

    Overall the evidence so far does not suggest that the Licensing Act has had a negative impact on the amount of live music. Research for the Department for Culture, Music and Sport (new window) into the impact of the new rules on smaller venues found that twice as many found the licensing process easy as difficult. It also highlighted the fact that bureaucracy and expense were only rarely mentioned as reasons for not applying licences.

    But the Government does accept that some venues feel unnecessarily constrained by restrictive conditions. While those that have stopped hosting live music have generally been balanced by the emergence of new venues, we do recognise that the loss of an established venue can have an impact on individual musicians and music fans.

    It is in response to these concerns that DCMS has already set out areas where it thinks changes might be made to reduce further administrative burdens. The Government also set up the Live Music Forum in 2004 to monitor the impact of the Licensing Act and to recommend how government might better promote live performances. We expect to receive the Forum's findings and recommendations in the Summer and will look closely to see if action is needed."

    So if anyone is involved with the "Live Music Forum" can they make themselves known? If no-one is involved, then the Brass Band movement is missing a golden opportunity to have our voice heard!

  2. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    Sorry to get a bit political, but it looks like a fairly typical New Labour answer. All flannel and no substance! What did we expect?
  3. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Yep, had the same email and that's what I thought too. So it looks like they are still going to carry on charging. What happened to the then Minister's (Jack Straw) comments that it wasn't intended to catch out the likes of bands doing some street playing? Oh, he's now got a new job.

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