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Live Music Act – reforms go live today!


Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association has welcomed today’s ‘going live’ of licensing reforms on music in pubs, making it easier to stage live music. Commenting in the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills news release, Brigid Simmonds says:

“This is a very welcome change, as live music is hugely important to pubs and musicians, many of whom begin performing in their local pub.

Ever since the two-in-a-bar rule was lost in the Licensing Act 2003, the BBPA has been pressing for change. I would urge local authorities to remove any unnecessary conditions on live music in pubs.

We need to reduce the red tape burden, as pubs are at the heart of local communities, vital for economic recovery and creating local jobs."

Notes to editors:

For the full news release from DBIS, see here

The Musicians Union has launched a ‘Live Music Kit’ containing practical and creative advice for venues to coincide with the implementation of the Live Music Act. The guidance is available to download on their website here.


Regulation, Community, Culture & Tourism, Pubs

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