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Uploaded on Feb 25, 2012
Licensing regime for arts events in Glasgow.
Most Scottish Local Authorities are threatening to impose a new regime from 1st April requiring all events, free or not, whether for 1 day or 1 year to be licensed. Obtaining such a license can be expensive and can take weeks or months. It is feared such a new regime will prevent many small scale arts event from taking place at all. Some see this as a tax on arts, others as censorship, others as bureaucracy gone to extremes and others as a form of political control
After the Scrap Arts Tax Campaign http://www.facebook.com/scrapartstax was mounted, and over 11,000 signatures received, Glasgow License Committee changed course and on 23rd Feb 2012 at the Burgh Court Hall agreed to - a) exempt events and exhibitions of a non commercial nature of 6 weeks or less b) the "carrying out of a full review and consultation exercise over the next six months ....... to seek views from relevant stakeholders, members of the public and other interested parties on - "• the types of public entertainment that should be licensed; "• the types of premises that should be licensed; and "• any exemptions to the requirement to hold a license".
Most local authorities including Glasgow try to blame the new regime on central government. This is wrong. Central government legislation (1982 and 2010 Acts) only stipulate the extent of licenses that CAN be required, it is ENTIRELY and 100% up to each local authority whether or not they wish to impose such a regime.
The following interviews were videoed following that meeting on 23rd Feb 2012
Before at and and after the meeting I contacted the Convener of the Licensing Committee Frank Docherty directly and offered him the opportunity to be interviewed as well but the only response I got was, not from him but from from his department, initially that a) I "could expect to receive a response within 20 working days" (4 weeks). and thereafter b) that the request was being forwarded to the Council Press officials.
At at time of preparing this (26th Feb 2012) I have not heard further.
I remain open to any requests for comment or corrections.