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Red tape cut on entertainment licensing

7 January 2013

Red tapeThe government has removed the requirement for entertainment licenses (between 8am and 11pm) for indoor sport activities for audiences of 1000 or less, plays and dance to audiences of 500 or less and live and recorded music in alcohol licensed premises for audiences of 500 or less.

The measures will also include plays, dance and indoor sport events taking place on community and Local Authority-owned premises. The permitted audience ceiling of the Live Music Act will rise from 200 to 500. The changes are expected to be in place by April 2013.

Christine Payne, General Secretary of Equity said:
“Following a positive start with the Live Music Act, Equity is delighted that further much needed entertainment licensing reform is underway. Locally based variety, theatre, music and dance venues and the performers who appear in them are the bedrock of our creative industries. We look forward to these new measures giving new talent a chance to gain exposure and established performers more opportunities to entertain the public.”

Read the press release from the DCMS

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