What You Can Do
Contacting Your MP
We also need to be thinking about contacting the people who represent us. In the first instance, try contacting your MP (or even MEP).
Also, everyone affected by this legislation has a local Councillor, who, you might have helped to elect. We all have a right to consult them on issues that matter to us. You can even request that they visit your home to discuss your concerns with you.
The problems arising from the legislation may happen in your town and
it is your local public servants who'll be responsible for interpreting
the legislation. You should be able to influence the policies of your
council through your councillors, so, why not have a go.
Look at the example in Colchester, where the local Samba group persuaded the Council to License the whole of the Town Centre for Entertainment, avoiding the neccessity for the Samba group to have to obtain licenses in order to perform. Surely all Councils have a moral responsibility to be equally co-operative with their populations.
So that is the first action that you can take. It doesn't require that much effort and could be both interesting and satisfying to you.
1 Find out who your local Councillor is.
2 Make an appointment to see them.(they may visit you at your house if they live near you)
3 Ask them if they were aware of the legislation and what effect they thought it might have on live music in your area (where he/she was elected !).
4 Ask them if they are aware that many pubs and restaurants are no longer able to have live music performed by somebody playing the piano, for example. Live Music at some Schools, Church Halls and private parties will be illegal unless previously approved by the organisation in which the Councillor is your elected representative.
Ask them if they were aware that, "performances in hospitals and care homes where relatives and friends can attend, organised for a fee by various charities, will be caught by the Act and be licensable for the first time."
5 Ask him/her if he/she is aware that some councils have been found to be over-zealous in their application of the legislation and can they give you a guarantee that yours won't be one of them.
6 Ask them if they will support the Live Music Bill.
Here is a list of organisations who have voiced their support for our campaign :-
Music Week - http://www.musicweek.com
Music Maker Magazine - http://www.musicmaker.org.uk/
The Manifesto Club - http://www.manifestoclub.com/
The Publican - http://www.thepublican.com/
Pub Gigs.com - http://www.pubgigs.com/
Adopt A Singer - http://www.adoptasinger.com/
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