01 Mar 2012
Live course part 1 - This introductory session considered the changing nature of the audience in a world where attention spans are shortening, where technology and an explosion in media makes never leaving the house an attractive proposition, and how venues can adapt to cope and survive in the teeth of arguably the worst economic crisis in history.
06 Feb 2012
Congratulations are due to Lord Tim Clement-Jones, The Musicians Union and UK Music for their recent success in carrying through the live music bill, making it possible for musicians to play in venues of up to 200 people without the venue requiring a license. It has been a long and certainly worthwhile campaign...
26 Jan 2012
It is now on the home straight to becoming law. Two minor amendments agreed in Commons Committee must be ratified in the Lords, probably within a fortnight, and dates set for Royal Assent. Implementation will require secondary legislation. A lead-in period of several months is likely to allow time for the live music sections within statutory Licensing Guidance to be rewritten.
John King: The Live Sector May Be Better Off Rejecting Government’s Proposals To Overhaul Entertainment Licensing.
30 Nov 2011
In September, DCMS published their long awaited consultation entitled ‘Proposal to exempt regulated entertainment from the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003’...
14 Nov 2011
On 20 October, Yorkshire Libraries & Information (YLI) made the decision ‘in principle’ to close its Music and Drama Service in its current form. As well as holding extensive drama resources, this service hosts a collection of over 500,000 items of music, making it one of the largest performance collections in the UK.
28 Sep 2011
The Better Batteries campaign aims to sign up 100 performance venues and touring productions to make the switch from disposable to rechargeable batteries and increase the rate of recycling for both disposable and rechargeable batteries.
22 Sep 2011
The UK live business has seen an array of deals, consultations and closures this summer, as each element of the sector has aimed to innovate against a struggling economy. Those in the corridors of power are often accused of not providing enough assistance to the fledgling or enough control over the aggressive...
31 Aug 2011
Having read pages of soul searching reflection on the causes of the recent riots I am surprised to find that there is an element that seems to have been completely overlooked. There was of course the usual, almost traditional resort to blaming music...
29 Jun 2011
So a late afternoon spent in the Boardroom of PRS discussing five key themes to emerge from Tony Wadsworth’s recent label report. Artist development, changing media, the health of the label, digital vs. physical and the alternatives for artists – what did we learn?
29 Jun 2011
"...established to record all of the projects, initiatives and organisations that will be lost due to the cuts in public funding for the arts. The website will keep a running total of the money lost to the arts, the money lost to the wider economy and the number of jobs at risk. By keeping an account of the damage done, we aim to win the argument for public funding of the arts once and for all."
17 Jun 2011
MusicTank’s sold-out Live Industry course recently concluded, with the quality of the live experience coming under particular scrutiny. “Generally speaking, touring in the UK means all the tins of Red Stripe you need to kill the pain…”
27 May 2011
...The live industry is a bit murky from the outside. Not murky in an illegal sense; just.... you know... murky. A bit confusing, impenetrable.
18 May 2011
It's a tough time to get involved with music. The job market's the toughest it's been in decades, and don't forget the music business comes under the 'arts' banner, and the arts are being hammered by funding cuts. Don't lose heart though. Stick at it, and remember that the wonderful thing about this business is that most people who work in it don't really know what they're doing, so if you're better than the next person, and the next person's an idiot, you'll get to where you want to go in the end.
12 May 2011
The other evening I asked Dominique Czopor to come in and talk to us about compliance, health and safety, risk assessments, licenses and local authorities - The important stuff. The stuff that most small operators don't really bother with because their council never gets off their arse to come around and check up on them...
21 Apr 2011
12 Apr 2011
"...I've been burned too many times as a venue owner, losing out when it dawned on the promoter that their chosen charity didn't adequately resonate with the intended audience."
07 Apr 2011
"These are probably two of the most hotly-disputed parts of a festival’s costs: Police and PRS. When PRS For Music announced in June last year that it was to review the tariff for live music events, it came at a time when the festival industry was facing financial pressure..."
07 Apr 2011
"While recounting an anecdote about my time in Norway as a festival booker in 2008, I produced a spreadsheet which listed the fees it took to secure the artists. I'd planned to have a laugh with it, reading out a few of the figures, with vague clues about the bands..."
31 Mar 2011
"...At a time when our general economy is struggling, it seems illogical to cut money to the arts, which is one area of the economy that has consistently maintained growth. The UK has the largest cultural economy in the world relative to GDP and..."
28 Mar 2011
"...There's no going back. And there's no telling what's coming next. And that's exciting. And it leads to fascinating discussions where people expound on the future of live music." Andy Inglis explains all from Monday 4th April...
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