IN case it has escaped anyone’s notice, there is an imminent new legislation relating to Entertainment Licensing that will affect all grassroots arts activities in Scotland. From April 1st ANY arts event even if it is free to the public and no matter how small ( even if its in your front room ) will be required to purchase a licence which can cost hundreds of pounds and involve yet another round of form filling. I imagine that Open Studios will also be targeted.
Artists in Glasgow and Edinburgh have mobilised to approach their own city councillors and the government on this issue. However if there is no national solution it will be up to each Local Authority Licensing committee to decide what to do about it.
SO this is a message to all artists anywhere. You need to get involved. Write to your councillors and MSPs and local newspapers NOW.