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Italy welcomes new ‘law for live music’

Act 4652, which passed the Senate of the Republic last Wednesday, has been hailed as "an important acknowledgement" of the importance of the Italian live business

By Jon Chapple on 13 Nov 2017

Act 4652 has been approved by the Italian senate

Act 4652 has been approved by the Italian senate

image © Palazzo Chigi

-Vincenzo Spera, the president of Italian promoters’ association Assomusica, has said he “extremely satisfied” with the passage of a new law recognising live music as a “fundamental component of the country’s cultural, artistic, social and economic heritage”.

Act 4652, adopted on Wednesday 8 November, for the first time gives the government a role in regulating Italy’s concert market, and follows the recent cut in VAT on live shows, similarly welcomed by the association.

According to Assomusica, the new law provides for:

  • The 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 a central instrument in the development of tourist and cultural offerings”
  • Extension of the concessions included in Law 800/1967, which enshrines state support for classic music and opera, to contemporary popular music
  • The implementation of “extraordinary long-term plans” for the renovation and technical upgrade of music venues, with a particular focus on towns with populations of fewer than 15,000
  • Policies aimed at redressing the geographical imbalance in the supply and demand of live shows
  • Supporting young Italian artists and Italian music on the international stage
  • The simplification of the safety standards required for live performance
  • Promotion of  a “culture of performance” among young people of all ages

“The approval of the proposed law comes just after the government’s decision to extend, in the 2018 budget law, the application of [reduced] VAT on artist performances as part of live shows,” comments Spera. “This is a regulation that the sector had been expecting for almost ten years, and which is an important acknowledgement of a significant business sector.

“These two great results have been made possible especially due to the petition to revamp the pop music sector launched in the spring of last year. Artists, sportsmen, famous names from the world of culture and showbusiness, professors, students and numerous music lovers have joined this appeal, [and] we want to share the good news with all of them.”


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