The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has urged MPs to back the final stages of a bill which will make it easier for pubs to host music gigs.
The Live Music Bill is expected to reach the report stage, due to take place in the House of Commons on Friday 20 January, and the ALMR called on MPs to support it.
The private members bill began its journey in Parliament in July 2010, and is sponsored by Lib Dems Lord Clement-Jones and Don Foster MP - and has received support from Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, and Tourism Minister John Penrose.
If the bill becomes law, it will mean live music events attracting 200 people or fewer will not require a licence.
Kate Nicholls, strategic affairs director at the ALMR, which has long campaigned for a cut in red tape in this area, said: "We are strongly urging MPs to support this bill in Parliament, as it reaches its final hurdle.
"The potential benefits from the bill becoming law are vast - both culturally and economically. It will free venues from burdensome red tape and create diversity of service and offer, helping to boost trade and sustain viability.
"More pubs could play a vital part in their community by being able to host young up-and-coming bands and artists, encouraging others to take up a musical instrument."
By Neil Gerrard
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