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Today’s guest post is by Suzanne Bull MBE – Chief Officer at Attitude is Everything – a project working towards improving access to live music for disabled people. Here she explains the origins of the project, the philosophy behind its continuing work with market leading festivals and venues, the Charter system of best practice and the forthcoming State of Access report.
CAMPAIGN AGAINST LEAFLETING BANS
Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, councils can designate areas within which people must buy a licence to hand out leaflets. Nearly a third of councils now restrict leafleting, and licences are prohibitively expensive.
These rules have been catastrophic for theatres, village halls, comedy clubs and small nightclubs, which rely on leafleting, but cannot afford such fees.
This campaign, launched with a letter to The Daily Telegraph – signed by promoters such as Harvey Goldsmith, and musicians and comedians such as Al Murray and Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch – argues that litter can be dealt with through proper provision of bins and other common-sense measures, rather than restrictions on people’s rights to use public space.
It maintains that leafleting is a key civic freedom, with a long tradition in this country, and should not be restricted without good reason and argues that since the 2005 Act already provides exemption for political and religious leafleting, or leafleting on behalf of a charity, this should be extended to provide an additional exemption for leafleting for small-scale cultural and community events.
The Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords on Friday 5th July and is now through to Committee stage. Read the transcript here.
The more signatories we have, the greater the chance the Bill will succeed, so please sign and forward to your friends and colleagues.
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The Rocktober Report: The Live Music Act, One Year On – UK Music / Musicians’ Union
The UK Festival Market Report 2010 – Matt Brennan and Emma Webster
Social Semiotics – The Business of Live Music: Special IssueMusicians’ Union’s Live Music Kit
Destination Music: The contribution of music festivals and major concerts to tourism in the UK
The Event Safety Guide: A guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events (Second edition)Ticketmaster and Live Nation: A report on the completed merger between Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc and Live Nation, Inc [full report / appendices and glossary]
EU Creative Industries Funding Guide: Joanna Parker.
Supporting UK Musicians Abroad: Julia Payne and Adam Jeanes – Arts Council and British Council research on funding opportunities.
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