||UK MUSIC RALLIES INDUSTRY SUPPORT FOR LIVE MUSIC BILL
20th January 2012
UK Music is calling on the music industry to urge their local MPs to support the Live Music Bill in the House of Commons today to make sure it is kept on the agenda, giving it a chance of final approval.
The Live Music Bill will lessen present restrictions governing the performance of live music in the United Kingdom and in the words of Music Week, "aims to stop bureaucracy from smothering small scale live music."
100 like-minded MPs are needed in Westminster to force a vote and push talks into the Commons. There are a total of 64 bills up for debate today and most of them will be delayed simply due to lack of time but the Live Music Bill is in second spot on the schedule but follows a contentious Daylight Saving Bill, which could take up the House's time if MPs opposing it decide to drag out discussion and avoid a vote.
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UK Music's acting chief executive Jo Dipple said: "The Live Music Bill would make it much easier for small venues to host live music events, and would therefore have real benefits for musicians and emerging artists.
"It has cross-party support too, but because of Parliamentary scheduling there is a risk it will not get over this final hurdle. Working with the Musicians Union, UK Music has been working hard to ensure MPs are aware of the situation.
"If 100 MPs are in the House we are hopeful the Bill can get through its report stage and third reading."
UK Music are asking the industry to act now in support of the Bill by contacting your local MP, who can be found by clicking here or visit UK Music for more information.