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News - 28 July 2005
Licensing Law Seminar

Forthcoming changes in the Licensing Law

The Licensing Act 2003 is about to be implemented, what does this mean for Brighton & Hove?

It means that all businesses who currently have a licence to sell or supply alcohol, provide public entertainment such as live music, or sell hot food or hot drinks after 11pm, must apply to convert to a new licence or certificate before August 6th of this year.

This week a seminar was held at Polar Central in Brighton dealing with the issues surrounding the new Licensing Bill, organised by the Brighton Music Network in association with Brighton Live, Brighton Festival Fringe and Harmony in the Community. Guest speakers were Feargal Sharkey, Chair of the Live Music Forum and Tim Nichols, Head of Environmental Health and Licensing at Brighton and Hove City Council.

Brighton Music Network are keen to ensure that all venues in Brighton complete their applications in time, even those who do not currently put on live entertainment, and that they secure the option to put on live music in the future.

The network was established in 2004 and aims to facilitate and support Brighton and Hove's music scene, and help existing businesses to expand their international markets. They work closely with schools and colleges to capture and develop young talent, and assist with the provision of workshops and seminars to support live music events.

BMN is working in association with Brighton's Juice 107.2, to put on Brighton Live 2005 from 3rd - 9th October. In one week 200 bands will play at over 55 events in venues across the city. The PRS Foundation for New Music have given their financial support to this event as well as to this week's Licensing Law Seminar.

Following the success of the seminar, Lisa Holloway of BMN said “I’m really pleased that the Live Music Forum and the council are working closely with BMN on this. The evening went well and because Tim has invited a BMN representative onto the council’s Licensing Strategy Group there will be someone at those meetings with the music industry and the musician in mind.”

If you missed the seminar and need a form for a 'new' premises licence, these can be obtained from

Visit to see BMN’s online directory of the Brighton and Hove music scene, and for a free entry in their online directory, email



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