The Live Music Forum

Hamish Birchall Circular

Friday 6th January 2012 - 20th Jan key date for live music bill - MP support vital

Please circulate

Despite its progress so far, the success of the Live Music Bill is not guaranteed:

On 20th January it must be debated again in the House of Commons, a stage known as Report and 3rd Reading.  This is in effect the last hurdle. The more MPs that attend and support the Bill, the greater its chances of becoming law.


Ask them to attend the debate and if necessary vote in favour of a closure motion on the preceding business (to allow time for debate on the Live Music Bill) and, of course, to vote for the Live Music Bill itself.

It is important to write a personal letter, but general points to make include:

The entertainment licence exemptions for live music proposed by the Bill are essential if live music in grassroots venues is to flourish.

The exemptions apply only to performances between 8am and 11pm, and, for amplified live music, to audiences of no more than 200.

The Bill preserves licence review safeguards for residents near pubs and bars.

The Bill is supported not only by the Government and the Opposition, but also by the music industry, performers' unions, arts organisations, and now by the Local Government Association.

If you don't know who your MP is, this website enables to identify them using your postcode and email them:

Many thanks
Hamish Birchall