Scottish Artists Union

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Artist's Rights

Public Entertainment License Research

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Public Entertainment Licenses Research Report

The Public Entertainment Licence issue rang alarm bells for the Scottish Artists Union very early in 2012, when it became apparent that worrying changes in the law were creeping up on the creative community at large. Having recognized the importance of focusing on the needs of practitioners, the Union’s Executive decided to harness the rising tide of concerns and so commissioned this report. Researcher Lorraine Simpson was contracted to follow up from our initial Freedom of Information Request to all the Scottish local authorities and her work has resulted in this comprehensive and informative document.

It would appear that the outcome of the new law has not yet been as disruptive as was feared. However, there is no room for complacency; local authorities have the power to alter the parameters of their interpretation, and we should continue to monitor them. The glimmers of hope offered in the current situation, where it would seem that Artists and Makers will not be adversely affected by the alterations in the legislation, should not be taken for granted.

The Scottish Artist Union intend to maintain pressure on local authorities and will be considering ways of acting on the recommendations and suggestions contained in this report, with a view to improving working conditions to our members and the wider Creative Community.



DOWNLOAD: Appdx 1: Local Authority Response

DOWNLOAD: Appdx 2: Survey Response

DOWNLOAD: Appdx 3: Questions