Newsletter Event Mailing October 2009
OCT 13: Live Music: Licensed To Thrill?
**MUSICTANK IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THIS SESSION QUALIFIES FOR LAW SOCIETY CPD**
This session will investigate the impact that the Licensing Act 2003, noise abatement orders and Met Police’s Risk Assessment form 696 are having on venues, and the live music ecosystem throughout England and Wales – from local authorities and licensed premises owners to music performers and promoters. In the interests of balanced discussion we shall hear from those who implement, police and support the measures that are in place as well as from those who, despite best endeavour, find themselves on the wrong end of court or noise abatement orders, or indeed find it almost impossible to sustain a viable business amidst what the Act’s crictics claim is a sea of overly tight, inflexible, restrictive and at times conflicting regulation.
Prepare for a clash of opinions, with individual livelihoods and the future of the industry at stake. One of Risk Assessment Form 696’s most strident critics, UK Music CEO Feargal Sharkey is confirmed to keynote this debate and is sure to question one of its key architects, Met Police Chief Inspector Adrian Studd who will also be speaking. Kent Davis of the Rainbow Pub, Digbeth – a venue affected by a noise abatement order – will likely quiz LACORS Director of Policy, Mark Du Val on the implementation of the Act. Licensing Consultant Philip Doyle, Home Office and DCMS Select Committee Advisor on the Licensing Act 2003 and Noise Abatement Society MD, Lisa Lavia are among others confirmed.
This will be your chance to learn of the issues from all sides, to question key decision makers and to voice your concerns. MusicTank will be making a transcript of the event available to DCMS, the DCMS Select Committee, LACORS, the LGA and individual local authorities.
The live music business is in rude health. Despite the recession, record numbers of people are attending gigs, and last year revenues from live music overtook those from record sales, with £1.39billion generated from live music – up 16% on 2007 – whilst record sales revenue fell 6% to £1.309billion [‘Adding up the Music Industry for 2008‘, Will Page, PRS for Music].
But it is strong roots that facilitate success further up the chain, and not all is rosy at the grassroots of our live music industry. In July the government rejected widely supported recommendations from the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee regarding changes to the Licensing Act of 2003, including exemptions for small venues and, as highlighted in MusicTank’s July editorial, noise abatement orders are having a destructive impact on small venues across the UK.
PART 1: 18.30-19.40 – LICENSING ACT 2003 & FORM 696
KEYNOTE – FEARGAL SHARKEY (CEO, UK Music) – prior to his current appointment, Feargal was the Chair of the Live Music Forum, an advisory committee established by Government to monitor and evaluate the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on the performance of live music. He is also an outspoken critic of Risk Assessment form 696.
PANEL – ADRIAN STUDD (Met Police) – the ‘brains’ behind form 696 and Head of the Met’s Clubs and Vice unit, Studd has been a staunch public defender of Risk Assessment Form 696 since its introduction in 2006;
DIANE BAXTER (Musicians’ Union) – the MU has lent its backing to small venue exemption and is an authority on the impact of these measures on musicians’ livelihoods;
DOMINIQUE CZOPOR (The Boileroom/we:Live) – owner of this popular Guildford music venue, Dominque fought a long legal battle with residents and sought protracted consultation with Environmental Health during the venue’s £150,000 renovation. She founded we:Live out of a desire to collectively assist and represent other individual venue owners and promoters;
PHILIP DOYLE (Institute of Licensing & Licensing Consultant) – Licensing Act 2003 advisor to both the Home Office and DCMS select Committees, formerly head of the Licensing Business Unit at Westminster City Council, he works with senior figures in business and government to provide tailored solutions to licensing problems. In what amounts to ‘game keeper turned poacher’, Philip is often consulted by venue owners to assist them in defending local authority actions arising from councils’ policing of the Act and noise abatement issues.
PART 2: 20.10-21.15 – NOISE ABATEMENT
KEYNOTE – KENT DAVIS (The Rainbow, Digbeth) – venue owner of a legendary 2000+ capacity venue, Kent will kick-off with a plea for joined-up thinking and a pragmatic approach to noise abatement issues. As detailed previously MusicTank’s July editorial, his own venue’s ability to resolve noise abatement issues appear hamstrung by local authority policy.
PANEL – LISA LAVIA (Noise Abatement Society) – passionate about helping business and the public sector continually collaborate to find innovative solutions to improve the quality of life for all, especially in the area of reducing noise pollution;
JOHN KING (Musician & Independent Campaigner) – with first-hand experience of losing work due to the Act he has also encountered rigorous over-enforcement by some Licensing Authorities. John is co-author of a report into licensing conditions in St Albans. The first of its kind, it reveals that St Albans Council have imposed or accepted licence conditions that restrict the frequency and regularity of live music performance in 53% of pubs with live music permission;
MARK DU VAL (LACORS) – leads on policy development, driving improvement and adding value to local authority regulatory services. Mark leads the policy group with responsibility for local councils’ services including health & safety enforcement, Licensing Act 2003, England and Wales and environmental protection (air, land, water & noise).
CHAIRMAN – KEITH HARRIS – MusicTank/Keith Harris Music Ltd/PPL Director of Performer Affairs
DIARY – Date & Time: 13 Oct ’09 | 18.30 – 21.30hrs; Venue: Basement Bar, PRS for Music, Copyright House, Berners Street, London W1T 3AB;
COST – £25 MusicTank Members | £30 Trade Body | £35 Full Price – price includes drink on arrival and FREE post-event transcript.
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