As you may know, the Government recently turned down the recommendation of the Committee for Culture, Media and Sport to exempt music venues of 200 capacity or less from the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003, that require them to be licensed for live music events.The Number 10 live music petition calling on the Prime Minister to implement new entertainment licensing exemptions for small gigs reached 8,000 signatures this morning:
In just over three weeks it has risen to 23rd in the list of over
5,000 petitions on the Number 10 website. But many more signaturesare needed if the petition is to make an impact on the press and politicians. If you haven’t already signed, please consider signing and circulating the petition link.
The Licensing Act 2003 was a dog s dinner with regard to its treatment of live music. For reasons that the Government has never explained, widescreen television in pubs was not subjected to the licensing regime that it imposed on live music. There was in fact no requirement to license music in the first place, as Local Authorities already had sufficient powers to deal with issues of public disorder or overcrowding and any other perceived perils. The truth is that the Government did not know what they were doing or why and their advisors at the DCMS were equally ignorant.
Do please take three or four minutes to sign the petition. Then please forward this email to all your music-loving friends and colleagues.
in the small hours of Sunday 13th September. I’m aiming to use the opportunity to raise some money for charity, and also raise
awareness of the Scots Music Group, so please pass this information on to anyone who you think may be interested. The hour is
recorded by ‘One and Other’ and will be streamed live on their website while I’m on the plinth.
As part of my hour on the plinth, I’ll be playing a lovely new tune, which has been specially composed by Sarah Northcott (who has
been a tutor with SMG since 1992). The tune currently has no name. An online auction, selling the right to name the new tune, will
be launched immediately after my spot on the plinth. The money from the winner’s bid will be donated to a charity of their choice.
Bids can be made online anytime during the week from 1am on Sunday 13th September and 1am on Sunday 20th September. There’s more
information on the auction here: http://www.scotsmusic.org/events/plinth_auction/
I’ll be joined by 5 friends from the Diggers session in Edinburgh, who will be recreating a typical Scottish traditional music
session at the base of the plinth. (Due to restrictions by the GLA, who have given us permission for this session to take place, we
are unfortunately not allowed to make this an open session, and have had to limit it to 5 musicians) If you are in London that
night, do come along and say hello!
I am also inviting people to pledge donations to the Scots Music Group, in return for which I will be making dedications from the
plinth top. More information about this here: http://www.scotsmusic.org/events/plinth_dedications/
You can pledge to watch, and leave messages on the One and Other website here: http://www.oneandother.co.uk/participants/ros_g