Mudcat Café message #1310386 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #70681   Message #1310386
Posted By: sian, west wales
29-Oct-04 - 06:45 AM
Thread Name: A little more news on Licensing
Subject: RE: A little more news on Licensing
Licensable venues - pubs, halls, whatever - are actually worried about the 'bottom line'. Whatever the license fee is, there may also be the cost of compliance, some of which can be to conform with requirements beyond the Council, i.e. Fire and Police. Rather than research all this the licensee, particularly the small business, may simply not tick the box.

And I believe it is right to say that Authorities are concentrating on contacting the businesses which generate the most money and often ignoring the community ventures.

Churches may prove to be caught out as well. I understood that they do not require licenses for activities promoting their religious aims. That suggests to me that, if they are used for general concerts (as many are, particularly in rural communities) a license would be required.

I will be sending out a Press Release on behalf of my company (trac) next week reminding communities to read their LA's consultation document and respond. Also, to write to their Licensing Officer, describe specifically with what musical activities they are involved, and ask for written opinions on whether or not they will be considered licensable.

We'll see if it has any effect ...