The effect of the reform of the Licensing Laws on 24 hour drinking has received a lot of publicity but the possible effect on public entertainment has been less widely publicised
Under the reforms due to become law in July 2004 it will become a criminal offence to provide any sort of entertainment in place that is accessible to the public if it is done for a 'consideration and with a view to a profit'.
This makes a grey area in the law which will not ultimately become clear until it is tested in court but it could almost certainly include school concerts, carol singers, buskers, morris dancers and pubs that currently allow one or two musicians to play on an informal basis. There are a lot of them in Brighton & Hove.
The cost of getting a licence is also contentious. It will ultimately be down to each local authority to determine a fee that will cover the costs of administering the scheme but the more people that apply the more administration will cost.
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