Here we are in 2018!! Happy New Year Everyone, I hope it brings you everything you wish for and more. keep planting those seeds, keep working hard Remember…. believe, achieve, succeed, aim high and don’t settle for anything less than your worth!
Sirius Music Had a very busy end to 2017. Mainly supporting our local music venue “Bridgehouse 2” where over the years we have had the pleasure of watching our managed bands perform with support from friends from out of area, introducing them to the London scene.
It has been a real struggle for music venues, the sad recent news of “Roof Gardrens” closing its doors, another venue we have proudly watched our artists perform at, such a welcoming venue, beautiful, very sad to see it go, but under current circumstances, understandable why the decision was made.
Several venues are still fighting the increase with high rents, at this rate we will have nothing left to showcase new talent! Good to see Legends such as Sir Paul McCartney step in to support, having started at live music venues themselves , they appreciate their worth.
I truly hope today MP’s vote in favour on “Agent of Change” to show support to the live music industry in the UK.
since 2015 Music Venue Trust has been campaigning for the UK Government to introduce Agent of Change into UK Law.
John Spellar MP is introducing a Private Members Bill on January 10th 2018 which would make Agent of Change a reality.
The Agent of Change principle is not complicated or controversial , it’s simple common sense:Agent of Changes says that the person or business responsible for change is responsible for managing the impact of the change.
This means that an apartment block to be built near an established live music venue would have to pay for soundproofing, while a live music venue opening in a residential area would be responsible for the costs. A resident who moves next door to a music venue would, in law, be assessed as having made that decision.
Understanding that there’s going to be some music noise, and a music venue that buys a new PA would be expected to carry out tests to make sure its noise emissions don’t increase.
At the moment the UK Law says that whoever is making a nuisance is always responsible for that nuisance. if a noise exists, you can deliberately move next to it and demand it be turned off and UK Law will support you. You can build balsawood huts next door to a music venue and simply wait for your residents to complain and the venue will have to pay all the costs to reduce their noise.
This is unfair and unreasonable. John Spellar’s bill will stop it.
We need to send a strong and powerful message to Parliament that the UK’s Grassroots music venues are important to our local communities and to our music industry.
It’s simple common sense to protect music venues from people moving into new flats next door and complaining they can hear music, and insist that developers who want to build next door to music venues take the responsibility of making sure our music venues can continue to be in our Towns and Cities.
Lets make a difference together…
( Some wording taken from Agent of Change) Sirius Music support the Agent of Change