Newsletter Event Mailing September 2009
EVENT MAILING – LIVE MUSIC: LICENSED TO THRILL?
SEPT 22: Live Music: Licensed To Thrill?
This think tank double-header will examine the effects the Licensing Act 2003 has had on the grassroots live music industry, with Metropolitan Police Chief Inspector Adrian Studd, the officer behind the development and review of Form 696 confirmed to take part, and Chairman of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee John Whittingdale confirmed keynote.
Studd is head of the Met’s Clubs and Vice Unit, and has been a staunch public defender of Risk Assessment Form 696 since its introduction in 2006. The event will give attendees from across the music and licensed trade industries the chance to confront him directly over the Met’s policies.
Whittingdale has been at the forefront of the growing voice demanding changes to the Licensing Act to exempt small venues for their requirements as well as fronting the opposition to the controversial Form 696, which has been widely used by the Metropolitan Police and has been recommended to forces across the UK.
In July the government ignored Whittingdale’s recommendations; this event will get the reasons behind the call for change, and the reasons behind the resistance to it.
PART 1: 18.30-19.40 – LICENSING ACT 2003 & FORM 696
KEYNOTE – John Whittingdale MP (DCMS Select Committee Chairman);PANEL – Adrian Studd (Met police); Horrace Trubridge (Musicians’ Union); John King (Musician & Independent Campaigner); others tbc
PART 2: 20.10-21.15 – NOISE ABATEMENT
KEYNOTE – Kent Davis (The Rainbow, Deigbeth); PANEL – Lisa Lavia(Noise Abatement Society); John King (Musician & Independent Campaigner); others tbc.
CHAIRMAN – Keith Harris – MusicTank/Keith Harris Music Ltd/PPL Director
DIARY – Date & Time: 22 Sept ’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 event transcript.
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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.
This session will investigate the impact that the Licensing Act and noise abatement orders are having on small venues and music performers – we shall also hear from those who support the measures that are in place.
That's all for this issue - 'til next time...
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