ISM MUSIC JOURNAL SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012
News & campaigns Live Music Act comes into force The successful campaign for the deregulation of live music will see the Live Music Act 2010-12 come into force at the start of October. At its core the Act means that between 8am-11pm amplified live music events will no longer need a local authority license to take place in venues with an audience capacity of fewer than 200 people and, if there is no amplification, there will be no audience limit at all. The ISM has been at the heart of this campaign and working with Lord Clement-Jones and other MPs, Peers and organisations, we helped lobby extensively to support and advise on the passage of the Bill which secured Royal Assent on 8 March 2012. The Bill means it is no longer illegal to ‘provide entertainment facilities’ which was previously problematic for pubs which had a piano in the corner. If you are unsure about whether or not your event needs a licence, you should contact your local authority or our legal team. How are you celebrating the lifting of the live music regulations? Send your stories and photos to Tom Butcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music curriculum to be published in autumn The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that it expects the detailed programmes of study of the National Curriculum for Music for Key Stages 1 and 2 to be published in the autumn of 2012. However, despite questions in Parliament at the end of July, at the time of going to press there is still no news on whether music will be included in Key Stage 3 and 4 or whether or not the Government will budge on the exclusion of music from the English Baccalaureate which has now been criticised by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Creative Industries Council, the Parliamentary Education Select Committee, and the BPI, the representative body for record labels.
The Expert Panel who reviewed the National Curriculum for the Government recommended that music form part of a minimum entitlement at Key Stage 3 and 4.
Good news on CRB checks Campaign success! Many ISM members and music professionals generally need CRB checks when working with children or vulnerable people. We have been campaigning to secure changes in the law which will make it possible to transfer a CRB check between institutions and also make it available to a wider range of music professionals. The most recent campaign began in November of 2010 when the ISM, in partnership with our corporate member, ABRSM, submitted evidence to Government about the impact CRB checks were having on our members – some of whom have had to pay for more than six CRB checks. On 11 February 2011, shortly after collecting evidence, the Government then put the Protection of Freedoms Bill into parliament which enables it to allow CRB checks to be portable between different bodies. Then, on 1 May this year, the Bill finally became the Protection of Freedoms Act meaning that these changes are now gradually being implemented by Government. The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) will merge to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in December 2012 and in early 2013 an online update service will be introduced, allowing the portability of CRB disclosures, meaning multiple checks will no longer be necessary. How many CRB checks have you needed? Do you want to be involved in celebrating the changes? If you are interested in helping our campaign relating to CRB checks, contact Henry Vann, Public Affairs & Policy Officer on 020 7079 1207 or by email at email@example.com
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