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Some recent questions

How will the Live Music Act Affect me?
I’m a musician  – how do I get a gig?
Where are the venues in my hometown?
How do I know my ticket is legitimate?
Are festivals in decline?
What’s all the fuss over secondary ticketing about?
Where can I find out about the economic effects of festivals?

‘How will the Live Music Act affect me?’

  • In England and Wales, performances of live amplified music to audiences of less than 200 people between the hours of 8am-11pm will no longer require local authority permission.
  • There will be no audience limit for performances of unamplified live music.
  • Hamish Birchall, a leading figure behind the campaign for the new act, explains some of its key features in this blog post.
  • You can read the Live Music Act 2012 here.
  • Here is  a copy of the DCMS Report into the Licensing Act that contributed to the Live Music Act.

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‘I’m a musician – how do I get a gig?’

  • You can read a guide to getting gigs created by Jazzworks here.
  • A Musicians’ Union guide for venues with useful information is here.
  • The Musicians’ Union website also provides advice.
  • Music writer Sam Saunders discusses some of the potential pitfalls here.
  • Matt Brennan discusses some of the advantages of a relationship with the PRS here.
  • A guide to playing live produced by Generator is here.
  • Tips and tricks for playing solo gigs from Tom Robinson can be found here.
  • A BBC guide to playing live.

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‘What are the venues in my home town?

  • The Generator directory is a useful searchable resource with a comprehensive list of venues.
  • The industry publication Music Week also offers a directory to subscribers (walled content).
  • Here is PRS press release listing the UK’s top 100 venues compiled from an analysis of over 10,000 events.

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‘How do I know my ticket is legitimate?

  • The Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers provides a code of practice and ‘kite mark’.
  • You can get guidance and a list of their members here.

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‘Are festivals in decline?

  • A blog post here examines the reasons for festival cancellations, with a follow up here.
  • This Guardian article looks at the background to recent cancellations.
  • This report examines the relationship between festivals and local tourism.
  • An online interview with prominent promoters Michael Eavis (Glastonbury) and Rob da Bank.
  • Summary of a YouGov report into falling festival attendance. A link to the full report (walled content) can be found here.

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‘What’s all the fuss over secondary ticketing about?

  • The Channel Dispatches documentary about the scandal  can be viewed here.
  • This blog post looks at some of the underlying issues, including the nature of a ticket itself.
  • A brief summary of a report by the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee into ticket touting can be found here.
  • A summary of the report by the Office of Fair Trading into ‘Ticket Agents in the UK’ can be found here.
  • This blog post examines the current scandal in light of historical events regarding the recording industry.

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‘Where can I find out about the economic effect of festivals?’

  • This website contains downloads with impact studies of the Edinburgh festivals.
  • A summary of a report into the economic impact of the Reading Festival (2009) is available here.
  • A summary of findings on the economic impact of the Glastonbury festival (2007) with links to the full report is available here.
  • A summary of  the Economic Impact Assessment for T in the Park (2005) is available here.
  • A summary of the second annual survey by the Association of Independent Festivals is available here.
  • Information from an article about the contribution of music festivals to local tourism can be found here.
  • A UK Music report on the contribution of festivals and major events to tourism in the UK can be found here.
  • A report on the impact of folk festivals on cultural tourism is available here.
  • This blog post investigates the nature of the term ‘impact’ and some of the uses to which it is put.

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