The Live Music Forum

Hamish Birchall Bulletin


Friday 19th January - BBC - licensing - live music


A researcher working for the BBC Radio 4 'PM' programme wants 'particular examples of people who have been affected by the specifics of the current [licensing] guidance, and who might be willing to talk about why they think it should change'.

I have taken this to mean, among other things, where musicians have lost work because their local authority has interpreted the 'incidental music' exemption restrictively.  I have already sent details of some affected musicians who are keen to talk about their experience.

However, if you have been similarly affected, or if licensing has adversely affected gigs in any other way that you know about please email

Hamish Birchall