Sunday, October 25, 2009

NSW Govt Cuts Live Music Red Tape

NSW Govt Cuts Live Music Red Tape

News posted Friday, October 23 2009 at 04:00 PM.

NSW Govt Cuts Live Music Red Tape

After a gloomy month of closures and near-closures, Sydney’s beleaguered live music scene is about to receive a timely boost.

In an effort to cut the red tape for live entertainment, the NSW Government has no longer made it necessary for venues to require a special Place Of Public Entertainment Licence (POPE) to host gigs. Under the old system, venues could not provide live entertainment without a POPE licence, which carried expensive ongoing costs and often required a substantial building upgrade to obtain.

Speaking to reporters today (October 23), NSW Planning Minister Kristina Keneally said the new directive would open up the floodgates for new venues and increase opportunities for local musicians. "The abolition of the POPE licences mean local eateries and watering holes no longer need development approval if they want to host live bands or musicians," Keneally told AAP.

But while the bureaucratic process of hosting live music has been eased, the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing still has the power to add liquor licence conditions to regulate security, trading hours, patron numbers and other matters at venues as it sees fit. Make of that what you will.

The new system will come into effect on Monday (October 26). For more information click here.


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