The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has welcomed Government plans to deregulate the licensing of live entertainment.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said it would consult on abolishing the need for a licence for entertainment "where there is no good reason to continue with the existing regime". This could include live music, DJ events, film broadcasts and plays.
Commenting on the proposals, ALMR strategic affairs director Kate Nicholls said: "These radical government proposals will be music to the ears of many operators, who for too long have been restricted by the unwieldy and costly bureaucracy associated with hosting live entertainment.
"The ALMR has been calling for this for a long time. It is particularly needed now as our latest benchmarking survey revealed the rising costs of putting on entertainment has been resulting in a major switch-off among operators."
"Therefore, if these proposals are adopted we would hope to see a significant uplift in the number of venues giving an opportunity to young and fledgling performers. For many years, pubs and bars have offered a platform for exciting new artistic talent and it is vital this tradition is not lost for the sake of Britain's cultural future."
By Neil Gerrard
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