Italian Government votes new law to support Live Music
Assomusica, the Italian association that brings together the most important companies involved in promoting and producing live music events in Italy, is extremely satisfied and appreciative for the approval of the act 4652, that delegates to the government the “regulation of contemporary popular live music activities”.
“It’s a historic moment for the sector: after so many years we have a real law for a live music – The President of ASSOMUSICA, Vincenzo Spera expresses his contentment and thanks the government, the 17 deputies who signed the proposed law Rampi, the sponsors, the presidents and all the members of the Culture Commission of the Chamber of Deputies and of the Senate. He points out that: “The new law acknowledges the social, educational and economic significance of live music and contemporary popular music, as well as their central role in the development of tourist and cultural offers in our country.
The implementation of extraordinary plans for the renovation of theatres, spaces and structures used for performances, with a particular focus on those located in small municipalities, lays the foundations for the balance in terms of offer and demand of performance activities, especially in geographically disadvantaged areas
The support for the internalization of the production of young Italian artists, the renewal of the tax credit for talents, the request to increase the presence of youngsters in television programs and the promotion of performance culture and methods, amongst the younger generations in schools – all these aspects lay the groundwork for an effective encouragement of a new generation of emerging artists and for truly relaunch of live music.
Another signifier point is the planned simplification of the safety procedures and standards required to stage performances.
The approval of the proposed law comes just after the government’s decision to extend, in the 2018 Budget Law, the application of the facilitated VAT on artist performances as part of live shows. A regulation that the sector had been expecting for almost ten years and which is an important acknowledgement of a significant business sector.
They are two great results, which have been made possible especially due to petition to relaunch the pop music sector promoted in the spring of last year – concludes Vincenzo Spera – Artists, sportsmen, famous names from the world of culture and show business, professors, students and numerous music lovers have joined this appeal. We want to share the great satisfaction with all of them”.
Aspects introduced by the new law :
- Acknowledgement of live music and contemporary popular music “as a fundamental component of the country’s cultural, artistic, social and economic heritage, an element of social cohesion and aggregation and a central instrument in the development of tourist and cultural offers”;
- Extension of the concessions included in Law 800/1967 * to contemporary popular music;
- Definition of the figures involved in the organisation and production of contemporary popular music and the criteria and requirements to carry out this activity;
- Implementation of extraordinary long-term plans for the renovation and technological upgrade of theatres or structures and spaces permanently used for performances, with a particular focus on those located in municipalities with populations of less than 15,000 inhabitants;
- Policies aimed at redressing the territorial balance in terms of offer and demand of performance activities, also in reference to geographically disadvantaged areas;
- Supporting the production of young Italian artists, as well as the performance of contemporary popular music, at the international level, also through artistic coproductions and interdisciplinary collaborations;
- Encourage a new generation of emerging artists and support authorial and traditional popular music, with the renewal of the tax credit for talents and by increasing the presence of youngsters in radio and television programs;
- Simplification of the safety procedures and standards required for performances, as well “updating the procedures, with an extensive and optimal use of information and communication technologies, also in the relations with the recipients of the administrative regulations”;
- Promotion of the performance culture and methods amongst the younger generations, also through new technologies and measures aimed at all school levels and post-graduate bodies and institutes.
* Law No. 800 of 14 August 1967 was the first Organic Law of the Italian Republic for the music sector, even though it was primarily focused on operatic institutions and classical concerts
It established the welfare regulations for the operatic and musical activities and defined the activities included, excluding all individuals operating in profit making entrepreneurial activities.
Often modified over the years with precise, but never systematic interventions, it was, seeing its age and the impetuous development of the music sector, in need of a complete overhaul. In particular to acknowledge the equal rights of all types of music productions.