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News - 24 February 2003

Licensing Reform Threat to Live Music Lessened

Licensing Minister Kim Howell's is suggesting a package of measures to be included in the Licensing Bill that will allay fears that live performance of music will be adversely affected

It will NOT cost anything extra for a pub to apply to provide entertainment as well when applying for permission to sell alcohol. - Local authorities will NOT be able to impose unreasonable conditions on licences. Individual performers will not be disadvantaged by the Bill - Performers will NOT need to be individually licensed. - Performers will NOT now be liable to a fine or to imprisonment just for playing or singing. A licence will not be needed every time someone plays a musical instrument - Rehearsing or practising will NOT be licensable. - Music tuition will NOT be licensable. - Busking will NOT be licensable. - Testing a musical instrument in a shop will NOT be licensable. Community venues will not be disadvantaged by the Bill - Village, church and parish halls, and other community buildings will NOT need to pay for licences to provide entertainment. - Any entertainment provided in a church will NOT be licensable. - Church bell ringing will NOT be licensable. Spontaneous performance will NOT be licensable so: - Spontaneously singing "Happy Birthday" will NOT be illegal. - Spontaneous pub singalongs will NOT be licensable. - Carol singers, going from door to door, or turning up unannounced in a pub and singing, will NOT be licensable. - A postman whistling on his round will NOT be licensable.

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