The Government has issued a new proposal to raise the Live Music Act audience threshold from 200 to 500 in on-licensed premises.
The proposal comes in a response from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to its consultation on entertainment deregulation.
Also among the conclusions of the response is the decision to treat recorded music in the same way as live music in on-licensed premises between 08:00 to 23:00 (i.e. with an audience limit of 500 and the prospect of a Review if noise nuisance is caused).
Live and recorded music held on premises owned by the above organisations will be exempt from licensing requirements for audiences up to 500 people.
Community premises such as church and village halls and community centres will be exempt from licensing requirements for live and recorded music for audiences of up to 500 people.
Circuses, however, will be exempt from regulation for live and recorded music, plays, dance and indoor sport between 08:00 to 23:00 with no audience restrictions.
Regulation will remain in place for all activities that exceed the audience limits and timings listed above.
The Live Music Forum’s Phil Little said, “The Live Music Forum campaigned for almost twenty years to bring about these changes and they are more than we hoped for.
“However, it is plain that much of the damage to the scene has already been done. Without an improvement in audience attendance across the board we have an awful long way to go to match the vibrance of live music performance in previous decades.”
The full DCMS response can be found here.