Two-thirds of small pubs, bars and nightclubs have applied for a licence to put on live music under the new licensing laws, according to a survey commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). The research, which was conducted by Ipsos Mori, found that 61% of small venues have obtained a music licence and 2% have put on music via other means, compared to a total of 60% under the old laws. One quarter of the 2,101 establishments questioned, which have a capacity of fewer than 500 people, have a licence to put on music for the first time. Fewer than 2% of the venues had had their live music applications refused. Shaun Woodward, minister for licensing, said: “It’s early days. But this survey is encouraging and shows smaller venues getting to grips with the new laws on licensing. “Small venues provide the lifeblood of the music industry and it’s good to see that so many smaller venues have applied to stage live acts.”