Planning for Public Performance
There are several forms of legislation in place relevant to Live Music. These protect the musician, venue/bar, patron and anyone else directly connected to the performance.
The musician must protect their interests, they need to be sure they are earning the money they are owed and that they won’t be liable for anyone else’s mistakes. There is legislation in place and several organisations to help them with this; they include the Musicians Union, PRS for music and PPL.
The Musicians Union directly protects a working live musician by supplying essential legal and representation services. They specialise in supporting professional and student musicians of all ages. For a small monthly fee the union can advise on anything from legal problems to contractual and copyright issues. This service is essential to all gigging musicians as without it they often find them selves stuck with a huge legal fee over an issue that would have otherwise been easy to rectify.
PRS For Music and PPL are two organisations established to ensure musicians are getting paid what they’re owed from their live and recorded work. PRS deal with artists recorded material and copyrighted compositions as PPL monitor live performances royalties. An artist signs up for these services, their material is uploaded to the two organisations respective websites and they monitor venues, radio stations and TV stations to make a tally of what the musician is owed in royalties.
1. Management by Objectives (MB0) It is a process where the employees and the superiors come together to identify some goals which are common to them, the employees set their own goals to be achieved, the benchmark is taken as the criteria for measuring their performances and their involvement is there in deciding the course of action to be followed. The most important aspect of MBO is measuring ...
Musicians and composers are also covered legally by the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. This act states it’s “to make fresh provision as to the rights of performers and others in performances; to confer a design right in original designs”. They directly protect artists original, written material. Copyright is very important, especially for those musicians getting a lot of radio play. If they don’t have their material protected they have no legal backing if said material were to be ‘stolen’ by another band or musician.
A musician usually works with a team of other specialists on a regular basis such as agents, booking agents/offices and lighting and sound technicians. As they are an integral part of performances and the music world in general they need to be covered by they’re own legislation mainly focused on health and safety and financial contracts. Agents and Booking Agents/offices work for musicians usually under contract laying out clearly what percentages etc they are owed. For example, if a booking agent/office makes a booking they are usually entitled to a certain percentage of what is earned and similarly if an agent makes an appointment they are paid a set fee. There are usually contractual agreements with all parties involved concerning fee, percentage paid to each party and disclaimers/waivers. If the venue cancels a gig for example they are contractually obliged to pay a cancelation fee to the musician, which is agreed in the contract. Sound and lighting technicians are governed by a different set of rules. They can be professionals employed by a venue as a member of staff, in which case they are protected by the venues public liability insurance and have no need for their own cover. Public liability insurance is to cover those who are not employed by a business operating from a non-domestic building but are there for other reasons, in this case live music. If for example a member of the crowd at a concert trips over a badly taped lead or is injured in some other way the venue is liable and not the technician. If they are freelance technicians with their own equipment and work under their own company they will need their own legal cover.
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Venues have the most stringent laws and legislation, as they need to be responsible for the safety of potentially thousands of patrons and have to be fully licensed for live music. They need to stay up to date on changes to entertainments law and ensure all the necessary licenses are in place. We are currently seeing a change in live music law, as of October 2012 the Live Music Act 2012 states that: “any venue that qualifies as a ‘workplace’ for the purpose of health and safety legislation will be free to host live music between 8am and 11pm” with this new act amplified live music will be limited to 200 although dedicated venues and bars are exempted from this. With the passing of this act the venue or bar will need to apply for an updated PRS/PPL license of they won’t be covered. This new act will do away with “the requirement to license ‘entertainment facilities’.” Currently if a bar has some form of musical equipment e.g. piano it must be licensed as a piece of entertainment equipment.
Venues also have the responsibility of ensuring the actual building is safe and in keeping with current fire safety laws. They must keep up to date with maintaining fire safety equipment, ensuring there are enough fire escapes, ensuring all electrical equipment is safe and carrying out regular fire risk assessments. General risk assessments are a must for every venue. Most will do a risk assessment before a live performance but they should be carried out on a regular basis regardless. They are a very direct and track able health and safety tool that in the case of something going wrong can be a defensive tool to show every attempt to make the building safe was taken.