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Education Groups - Performance Licensing

As a group leader of young people you will likely be aware that in 2014 the legislation changed regarding Performance Licensing. It is of course important therefore, that as a national youth music organisation, Music for Youth complies with this legislation.

We have put together specific guidance regarding your responsibilities as group leaders.

It is essential that you read this and ensure you comply with all the requirements before attending an event. Remember to bring all documentation concerning your young people and accompanying adults, as well as letters of authorisation from head teachers.

We have devised a special form for this purpose, which doubles as your Fire Register, which is required from us when you perform. You should use this form for all data about your group, whether or not the licensing applies to them, and read over the guidance on sheet 2 for instructions about young people under 16, whom this affects. Please also note that when inputting the date of birth or age of students, the form will automatically calculate whether the licensing legislation applies to them.

We would recommend printing your form on A3 paper so it's easily referenced when at the event.

Remember: All group leaders must carry all required documentation with them at all times during the event.

This includes:

Participant List and Fire Register

BOPA Chaperone List

Head Teacher Letter of Authorisation - Template

Without these, the local authority reserves the right to prevent groups from performing.

Supporting Information & Guidance Documents

Music for Youth - Guidance on Performance Licensing

Music for Youth Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies and Procedure

Music for Youth BOPA 2023/24 Certificate

Music for Youth BOPA 2023 (Cover Letter)

DFE's Guidance on Child Performance Licensing

The Children (Performance and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014

The Children (Performances and Activities) (Wales) Regulations 2015

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