For those in The Smoke: Equity will be demonstrating in Parliament Square this Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 11.00am to convince the government to undo the damage being done to live entertainment by the current licensing regime.
More info here
The background to the demonstration is that after lobbying by Equity, the Musicians’ Union and UK Music , the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee made a number of recommendations to Government for improvements to the Licensing Act. While the Government agreed to important changes that will make life easier for travelling entertainment such as circuses and Punch and Judy shows, it rejected three important recommendations:
- An exemption for small venues.
- A return of the “two-in-a-bar” rule where no licence is required.
- Action to cut red tape.