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FOR PUBS REPEAL LIVE MUSIC LICENCE LAW

Comment 4th July 2010

I assume it was the last Labour government that made the law that pubs that stage live music have to buy a compulsory live music licence that can cost something like £2,000 a year.  Although I have a full time office job I am also a musician myself.  I play piano and organ, and if much more music work was available I am the type of potential professional musician that would use it to supplement my income rather than be solely dependent on music for a livelihood.    I blame that daft unnecessary law for the sharp decline in demand for musicians to play paid live music because it is expensive enough to pay musicians without having to have an expensive licence on top of it in order to have the privilege of hiring musicians.  I believe that this daft live music licence law most probably discourages many pub landlords from staging live music and therefore destroys many musicians' jobs.  In that way the music licence law stifles and frustrates musical enterprise, and in that way is contributory to keeping the economy weak.  Because of that I can see that law being equally unpopular with potential professional musicians like myself to how unpopular it probably is with pub landlords.  It is just like a very heavy tax on live music, and I am sure that is the main factor that is killing off live music.

Why does this matter?

Why my idea is important is because when I was playing piano and organ professionally I was really enjoying it whether it was my only source of income or used for the purpose of supplementing my income, and if music work was as abundent as it was a generation ago I feel I could boost my income substantially.  Another reason is because I feel sorry for fellow musicians who struggle much more to find musical work than about 30 years ago.

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