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Letter: Bill off-key.

Byline: EDWARD DAVIES

THE Government is proposing a bill to outlaw unlicensed live music.

Punishment for breaking the law could be as high as six months in prison or a fine of pounds 20,000.

Pubs, clubs and community centres could all be affected. Gone would be 'a singalong down the local' or a gathering of local folk singers. The bill might also have implications for carol services and other community events.

Licensing music venues is a knee-jerk reaction, partly caused by hysteria linking music to violence, drug and alcohol abuse.

Please help keep music alive and write to your MP indicating your opposition to this absurd bill.

EDWARD DAVIES, Stourbridge
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2003
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