The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) is asking for help to fight changes made in the LP Tariff that most events will pay for the performance of live music (any music other than classical). PRS for Music is a performance rights association and controls and collects the tariff. The LP Tariff is currently set at 3% of box office sales plus VAT, but following a consultation, PRS for Music is considering increasing this percentage and also specifying that it must cover income generated from other revenue streams associated with an event, such as sponsorship, car parking, camping fees, traders, bars and more.
Steve Heap, AFO’s general secretary, says, “Our good friends at the Concert Promoters Association (CPA) invited AFO and many other live music associations and promoters to join them in a major legal battle with PRS for Music to fight this change. Luckily for us many of the people around the table are from organisations with much bigger pockets than AFO and are now instructing legal representatives to assist in the fight. Will your festival help fight this case? Your thoughts will help in the campaign. Don’t ignore this now. Tell us your thoughts today.” Get in touch with the AFO via www.festivalorganisers.org