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There are some lapses concerned to live music licenses; issuing a directive soon: HD Kumaraswamy



Bangalore Times reported on the confusion over a directive by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy venues with live music in Bengaluru to shut down. Subsequently, the city’s nightspot owners have had meetings and panel discussions to try and clear out this confusion. In order to get a performance license, these nightspots have to have an occupancy certificate. Venue owners have put forth arguments citing that such a demand, at this stage, is unfair, especially since most of them are tenants in these buildings and that the owners need to be hauled up to procure these documents. More recently, news of popular haunts shutting shop have got the industry anxious.
When we spoke to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy about this ban, he categorically stated that he only wants things to be under control and follow a system.

“Yes, I have asked for music to be stopped. There is no problem for those who have their licenses and other permissions in order. But there are many places that are functioning without proper documents and licenses. I have directed those to be shut down. These are the places that are violating the rules, and need to be stopped. There are guidelines that need to be issued by the government on how these places are to function, which haven’t been issued yet. There have been lapses in this regard and we plan to release these guidelines shortly,” says Kumaraswamy.

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