The MIA and the entire UK music industry are celebrating after the Live Music Bill passed its third reading and report stage in the House of Commons.
The Bill, introduced by Liberal Democrat Peer Tim Clement-Jones – and promoted in the House of Commons by Bath MP Don Foster – should now proceed to Royal Assent.
As a result, small venues wanting to host live music events will no longer need a local authority entertainment licence and it will now be easier for pubs and clubs to host live performances.
Paul McManus, CEO of the MIA, said:
“This is wonderful news and a great day for live music. The Live Music Bill will make a real and positive impact on musicians. The current Licensing Act has created an excess of bureaucracy – making it almost prohibitive for pubs and other small venues to host live gigs. We are extremely grateful to Lord Clement-Jones and Don Foster MP who have made this change possible.”