PRS for Music – investigate them.

The workings of this "apparently" non-profit making organisation should be investigated and the laws under which they purport to operate should be abolished. A recent appraisal conducted by this limited company was carried out late, due to a backlog of work; the license it granted contained totally false information and applied a penalty for the late appraisal. Upon appeal, the false information was corrected, the penalty remained in place and the vendor had to pay the full, penalised amount.

Why is this idea important?

The workings of this "apparently" non-profit making organisation should be investigated and the laws under which they purport to operate should be abolished. A recent appraisal conducted by this limited company was carried out late, due to a backlog of work; the license it granted contained totally false information and applied a penalty for the late appraisal. Upon appeal, the false information was corrected, the penalty remained in place and the vendor had to pay the full, penalised amount.

Change the music licensing law of 2003

This law is killing live music and closing down all the small venues to the benefit of large corporate chains who can easily afford the licence. It should either be completely repealed or changed so that you only need a licience to play music above a certain decibel level for any sustained period, if this was set at a sesible level it would allow for some control of noise when a venue started to regulaly annoy its neighbours but it would mean that most events could take place without the need to buy a licence. Decibel meters can be obtained cheaply and a venue operating without a licence would have a perfect excuse to turn down the volume of any unruly performers.

Why is this idea important?

This law is killing live music and closing down all the small venues to the benefit of large corporate chains who can easily afford the licence. It should either be completely repealed or changed so that you only need a licience to play music above a certain decibel level for any sustained period, if this was set at a sesible level it would allow for some control of noise when a venue started to regulaly annoy its neighbours but it would mean that most events could take place without the need to buy a licence. Decibel meters can be obtained cheaply and a venue operating without a licence would have a perfect excuse to turn down the volume of any unruly performers.

Allow music or a radio at work without a licence

Currently you must have a PRS licence to play any music at work, even the radio. This criminalises many otherwise law abiding businesses many of whom may not even know that they need a licence.

Why not use a proportion of the BBC licence fee or general taxation to make sure the artists get as much, or possibly a bit more, money than they do now. This would remove all the collection and enforcement costs while freeing business time.

As a small business owner we have to declare annually how many staff might listen to how much music in which rooms, ludicrous!

Why is this idea important?

Currently you must have a PRS licence to play any music at work, even the radio. This criminalises many otherwise law abiding businesses many of whom may not even know that they need a licence.

Why not use a proportion of the BBC licence fee or general taxation to make sure the artists get as much, or possibly a bit more, money than they do now. This would remove all the collection and enforcement costs while freeing business time.

As a small business owner we have to declare annually how many staff might listen to how much music in which rooms, ludicrous!

Repeal the music licensing law of 2003

Previous to this law being enacted two musicians could play in a restaurant or bar without any license being required.  Since this law was passed, even a charity can't put on an event without having a license for music.  Private parties require licenses for music even if the music isn't impinging on neighbours.  I run a jazz club for the past 30 years and have been employing many musicians who in turn pay their tax to the government.  I am also a jazz vocalist and through my gigs again employ many different musicians to play with me at various hotel and restaurant venues. Again, this adds to the government's revenue.  There are many venues that would love to have music and employ us but can't be bothered to get a license or simply can't afford it.  The music attracts people to their restaurants and hotels and again generates income on which they pay taxes.  This revenue is no doubt more than the cost of the license.  It is just beaurocracy gone mad.  It is also false economy.  Repeal this ridiculous law.  Instead you may wish to control the level of noise generated by Discos which is going to cause a generation of deaf people adding to the burden of the NHS.

Why is this idea important?

Previous to this law being enacted two musicians could play in a restaurant or bar without any license being required.  Since this law was passed, even a charity can't put on an event without having a license for music.  Private parties require licenses for music even if the music isn't impinging on neighbours.  I run a jazz club for the past 30 years and have been employing many musicians who in turn pay their tax to the government.  I am also a jazz vocalist and through my gigs again employ many different musicians to play with me at various hotel and restaurant venues. Again, this adds to the government's revenue.  There are many venues that would love to have music and employ us but can't be bothered to get a license or simply can't afford it.  The music attracts people to their restaurants and hotels and again generates income on which they pay taxes.  This revenue is no doubt more than the cost of the license.  It is just beaurocracy gone mad.  It is also false economy.  Repeal this ridiculous law.  Instead you may wish to control the level of noise generated by Discos which is going to cause a generation of deaf people adding to the burden of the NHS.

repeal compulsory licensing for all music

The lst licencing act in effect made it an offence punishible by a large fine for 'performing' music.  This included rehearsing at home, if a single person is listening, or playing the piano in a pub, or even playing a guitar out doors if someone appears to be listening.  Absolutely everyone has to obtain a licence, which costs hundreds of pounds.

The playing of amplified recorded music, TV or Videos is not covered, so it is illeagal in England and Wales to play accoustic music without a licence, but any premisis or house can play recorded music almost as loud as they like.

This licencing law should be replaced by a requiement for a licence based not on the presence of the musicians, but on the volume of noise generated – ie a guitarist singing quietly anywhere should be permitted, but anyone playing recorded music over a certain volume should obtain a licence.

Why is this idea important?

The lst licencing act in effect made it an offence punishible by a large fine for 'performing' music.  This included rehearsing at home, if a single person is listening, or playing the piano in a pub, or even playing a guitar out doors if someone appears to be listening.  Absolutely everyone has to obtain a licence, which costs hundreds of pounds.

The playing of amplified recorded music, TV or Videos is not covered, so it is illeagal in England and Wales to play accoustic music without a licence, but any premisis or house can play recorded music almost as loud as they like.

This licencing law should be replaced by a requiement for a licence based not on the presence of the musicians, but on the volume of noise generated – ie a guitarist singing quietly anywhere should be permitted, but anyone playing recorded music over a certain volume should obtain a licence.

Relax licencing laws for live music venues

I would like the laws / licencing regulations  that increased the cost of allowing live music in pubs and other public buildings should be repealed to enable it to be easier for pubs, clubs and other public buidlings to stage live music.

Why is this idea important?

I would like the laws / licencing regulations  that increased the cost of allowing live music in pubs and other public buildings should be repealed to enable it to be easier for pubs, clubs and other public buidlings to stage live music.