Friday, January 12, 2007

World's Smallest Violin Time

For the AHA.

But the NSW president of the Australian Hotels Association, John Thorpe, said the proposals were just "pie in the sky stuff".

"And if it did happen, the effect it would have on our industry would be fairly substantial. It would hurt. I don't know if the Government has considered compensation for these sorts of things," he said.

I'm no expert on the byzantine world of NSW licensing laws but seems to me these are exactly the changes musos of my acquaintaince have been aching for. As I've heard it said many times, you can stuff a pub with hundreds of screaming fans on grand final day without an extra layer of regulation but if a restaurant wants to have a bloke in the corner playing an acoustic guitar costs and red tape are prohibitive. While the article suggests it has the full support of the NSW Govt, alot can happen in an election year (especially where the AHA is concerned) but it looks OK.

Musician John Wardle quoted in the article also commented on Shaun's thread at LP,

the AHA cannot decline employment for the vast majority of musicians in NSW, and then demand compensation if restaurants and cafes are given the opportunity to host live music and contribute to the cultural life of NSW.

UPDATE: Oz at Decomposing Trees sounds a note of caution about the lack of detail.

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