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Keep Music Live

Over the last year, we have fought to save the War Horse Band, supported venues fighting for survival and lobbied for the Agent of Change principle – all under the banner ‘Keep Music Live’.

Agent of Change

This would seem to be a fair and proper arrangement and it's about time we adopted this law here. Read more from MU Assistant General Secretary Horace Trubridge at The Huffington Post.

We are lobbying for the Agent of Change Principle, which would make venues less vulnerable to complaints coming from residents of flats and houses that were built nearby after the venue was established. The law would make it the legal responsibility of the person or persons who have brought about changes that inadvertently affect an individual or an individual's business to take steps to remedy the problem.

If a venue near you is under threat due to noise complaints or development, please contact your Regional Office.

Honesty Code

We believe audiences should be informed in advance if a performance is using recorded music as a substitute for live music.

This would enable consumers to make informed decisions before parting with money and would recognise and reward those artists, producers, promoters and programme makers who continue to value and support live music.

The MU continues to lobby on this basis and we have staged protests and demonstrations where appropriate.

Campaign News

Action Needed to Protect Music Venue The Stables Under Renewed Threat

Members are urged to write to the Council, after developers seek to by-pass the protective measures put in place by Milton Keynes Council to save established music venue the Stables.

Islington Venue ‘The Garage’ Launches Campaign to Safeguard Its Future Ahead of 25th Anniversary

North London music venue The Garage has launched a campaign to safeguard its future, in the face of an increasingly tough environment that has seen more than 40 percent of grassroots venues close in the capital over the last decade.

Agent of Change Victory as Property Developers in England Must Allow for Existing Music Venues to Operate and Co-Exist

Yesterday, 24 July, the Agent of Change Principle was introduced into the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England – a victory for grassroots venues, musicians and audiences.

The MU Calls on Council to Save Legendary Bucks Music Venue

The Stables, the iconic live music venue established in 1970 by Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth in Wavendon, is under threat due to plans for a new housing development nearby.