DCMS committee launches new inquiry into live music

DCMS committee launches new inquiry into live music

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has announced a new inquiry into live music.  

The inquiry will focus on secondary ticketing, incorporating the findings of the previous committee’s investigation, which was cut short by the 2017 General Election. MPs will again invite ticket reselling companies such as Viagogo, which infamously no-showed a Commons session last March, to contribute evidence. 

The committee will also investigate issues facing the grassroots venue network, music tourism, the impact of Brexit, sustainability and the economic and social benefits of live events.

Chair of the committee, Damian Collins MP, said: “This inquiry will be an opportunity for the committee to revisit the important issue of secondary ticket selling. We want to hear from the public about their direct experiences with this issue and what they think can be done to tackle it. 

“We’ll also investigate what problems many small music venues face, as they struggle to keep their doors open despite the unwavering enthusiasm from the British public for live music. 
 
“The committee also welcomes the Government’s announcement today that the Agent of Change principle will form part of the National Planning Policy Framework for housing. As part of this new inquiry, we’ll be exploring other ways in which the Government can support upcoming artists and grassroots venues that form such a crucial part of the music scene in the UK.”

Written evidence can be submitted via the live music inquiry evidence portal on the Committee’s website until 5pm on February 28.

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