The Live Music Act 2012 received Royal Assent on 8 March 2012. The Act makes a number of amendments to the Licensing Act 2003 relating to the performance of live music.
It includes a conditional exemption for premises where the live music is performed to no more than 200 people between 8.00 am and 11.00 pm, and an exemption for the performance between the same times of unamplified music, provided that it does not take place in premises authorised to sell alcohol.
The live music industry has been pressing for reform of the Licensing Act for some time, as it considered the bureaucracy it introduced had deterred some venue owners, especially pub landlords, from staging music nights in recent years, cutting off a valuable platform for new and alternative talent.
The new Act is likely to come into effect in autumn 2012. Hopefully it will have the desired effect in promoting a new platform for deserving talent up and down the country.
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