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Have your say on entertainment licensing

17 November 2011

Singing in pubEquity has been working with the Government and Licensing officials for some time on freeing up the entertainment sector from excessive bureaucracy.

A consultation is now taking place on scrapping parts of the Licensing Act in order to alleviate administrative burdens on those wishing to organise live entertainment including live music, plays, dance and film screenings. The consultation, which runs until 3rd December, proposes to abolish the requirement to have a license to put on live entertainment for audiences of up to 5,000.

Equity has welcomed the new, radical, proposals and believes that the changes will create more work for our members. The union also continues to support the Live Music Bill, which will continue to receive support from the Performers Alliance Parliamentary Group, as an alternative if the new proposals encounter opposition.

All members are strongly encouraged to contribute to the consultation so that we can convincingly make the case for change.

We need as many people as possible to support the Equity response. You can do this by printing off and sending the model letter or by emailing the contents of the letter to: 

Go to the government's website to find out more about the consultation or contact Louise McMullan on

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