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23rd January 2012

house of commons

UK Music called on the music industry to urge their local MPs to support the Live Music Bill in the House of Commons on Friday day to make sure it was kept on the agenda and the campaign was successful, resulting in the bill being passed.

The Live Music Bill is asking for smaller venues to be exempt from having to have an entertainment licence. The controversial licences mean any venue, no matter how small, has to conform to a series of regulations, fill out a stack of forms and pay a high fee to put on any form of live music.

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After Friday's passing, it will now get a final consideration of amendments and if it gets through that hurdle can get royal assent and become law which is great news for the industry and the future of live music in the UK.

It's taken almost three years of lobbying for the bill to get this far but despite it being on the agenda in Parliament if less than 100 MPs decided to show up for it it wouldn't have been debated. UK Music's campaign ensured there was and that it was passed by the politicians.

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.


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