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The Live Music Forum

The LIve Music Act

The picture on the right is the original 5 person Committee of the Live Music Forum taken in 1993 after we began publishing Music Files, an incredibly popular free gig guide in the Hastings and E. Sx area. The photograph features Phil Little (Chairman), Jez Gilliett, Jacqui Pentecost, John Ballard and Martin Richter.

The picture you see above on the left was taken in 2010, just after The Live Music Bill was re-launched, when I led a party to deliver a Petition to Number 10 Downing Street.

The petition called on the prime minister (David Cameron) to implement the entertainment licence exemptions for live music recommended by the all party Parliamentary Culture, Media and Sport Committee in 2009 following its public inquiry into the Licensing Act.

In our group was Lord Clement-Jones, Lord Colwyn, Hamish Birchall, John Otway, Tom Kiehl and John Whittingdale. Also present, although we could not get them into Downing Street, were Charlotte Collingwood and John King, who did a lot of work to provide evidence to support the case for the Live Music Bill.

Two years later in 2012 the Live Music Act became law, removing the 2 in a bar rule and much of the restrictive licensing introduced by the Licensing Act of 2003.

Although The Live Music Act helped in halting the decline in live music venues, the system was still not protecting the future of established venues and Lord Clement-Jones is endeavouring to remedy this with the "Agent Of Change Principle", which is part of the Planning Act currently being debated in both Houses.

The “agent of change” principle ensures that a new development must shoulder responsibility for compliance when situated near an existing music venue. Similarly, if a music venue opens in a residential area, it too would be responsible for complying with residential requirements.

The Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday 19th January 2018. Follow this story and others on our Facebook page at,


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Phil Little

February 2018

Emal: editor@livemusicforum.co.uk