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Thread #70681   Message #1297041
Posted By: The Shambles
14-Oct-04 - 01:46 PM
Thread Name: A little more news on Licensing
Subject: RE: A little more news on Licensing
This posted on uk.music.folk by Terry Redmond.

In the House of Lords, government whip Lord Evans of Temple Guiting, stuck
to the word 'flourishing' to describe the live music scene.

Read the full exchange in Hansard:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld199900/ldhansrd/pdvn/lds04/text/41013-01.htm#41013-01_star0

The DCMS/MORI live music survey states that its main objective was to:
'identify the reasons why establishments do or do not stage live music and
the extent to which licensing arrangements are a significant factor in this
decision making process'. [p1]

However, DCMS itself now seems to be back-tracking. It would seem that the
number of performers, and/or whether events are private, are no longer
relevant when evaluating whether live music flourishes. In an email to me
yesterday, a senior DCMS civil servant wrote:

"Whether private or 2 in a bar, we expect that both will have been counted
by the venue operator as contributing to the overall estimate of live music
they have staged over the past 12 months and over the past 3 months. If the
new licensing arrangements result in a substantial number of venue operators
suddenly cancelling their arrangement with the local folkies, then this will
show in the follow up survey as a drop in the number of live events they are
putting on, i.e. we will have a measure of impact. This, along with the
information collected on motivations to stage or not to stage events, will
give us a pretty comprehensive picture. This was a survey of the opportunity
to stage live music; the distinction between public and private
functions is not strictly relevant in our view. "


That explains how licensing minister Richard Caborn, and Lord Evans of
Guiting, can confidently claim that live music is flourishing.