DHP responds to findings from DCMS Live Music Enquiry

19th March 2019  |  Category:  Uncategorized

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee has published its findings from the live music enquiry, which DHP contributed to, in its live music report.

The conclusions echo what we have been witnessing and experiencing in small live music venues across the country, with London venues facing the greatest risks from rising costs.

The UK has been developing new talent that has conquered the world since the 60s, but we put at risk our ability to find and develop future talent if we don’t find ways to keep our music venues open. The current situation is perilous: just today there are press reports that the Social in Soho is facing closure – just one in a long line of seminal music venues fighting for its future. We face landlords who are pricing live music venues out of London, massive rises in business rates and, at times, unhelpful licensing authorities – all backed up by the conclusions in the report.

We urge the government and local authorities to do something to protect the future of live music.

Click here to read the full live music report.