Mover: Beatrice Bass.
Summation: Benjamin Thomas.
Conference notes that:
- Britain has a vibrant music culture and can be proud of its musical heritage with diverse styles and a broad range of internationally successful artists, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Blur, Adele, Coldplay, Muse and Dizzee Rascal to name a few.
- The music industry makes a huge contribution to the UK economy - music tourism generated £4 billion with over 30 million people attending live events in 2016 according to UK Music's Wish You Were Here report in 2017.
- Music venues play a vital role in nurturing the music industry and giving a platform for new up and coming bands and artists; most successful artists, including those named above, started out performing in grassroot music venues.
- Music artists increasingly depend on live concerts and touring to generate sufficient income, but according to a report by the Commons Digital, Media, Culture and Sports Select Committee, 35 per cent of grassroot music venues have closed in the last decade; one of the biggest problems is developers moving next to music venues and imposing venue closures due to noise/nuisance complaints.
- The Liberal Democrats have a history of supporting the creative industries.
- Thanks to the 'Agent of Change' campaign of UK Music and the Music Venue Trust, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was amended to protect existing music venues; Section 182 provides that landlords or developers have to provide soundproofing to keep new developments next to long-standing venues noise free, but while cities like Bristol and London have adopted this new planning policy, not all local planning authorities have done so.
- Current private and statutory nuisance law in England allows for new property owners to move next to an established music venue and claim for nuisance to stop the music; it is anticipated that the new NPPF will lead to new judicial rulings, but there is no precedent or legislation to this effect yet.
Conference calls for:
- Promotion and advocacy of the creative industry with progressive policies that support musicians and the prolific music culture in the UK.
- Liberal Democrat Parliamentarians and campaigners to work with existing organisations such as UK Music, the Music Venue Trust and the Arts Council to protect music venues.
- Support for legislative changes that protect music venues including:
- Local authorities to implement and enforce Section 182 of the NPPF.
- Introduction of further legislation to amend some of the legal principles of private and statutory nuisance to enable exceptions for long-established music venues.
- Support for music venues being listed as Assets of Community Value.
- Allocation of more government funding for grassroot music venues via the Arts Council.
Applicability: England only.
Mover: 7 minutes; summation of motion and movers and summation of any amendments: 4 minutes; all other speakers: 3 minutes. For eligibility and procedure for speaking in this debate, see page 4.
The deadline for amendments to this motion is 13.00 Monday 2 September; see page 6. Amendments selected for debate will be printed in Conference Extra and Monday's Conference Daily. The deadline for requests for separate votes is 09.00 Sunday 15 September; see page 3.