Russian Legislators Back Down From Live Industry Regulations

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Kiesza performs on stage in GlavKlub on Jan. 29, 2015 in Moscow, Russia.

Russian legislators have backed down from new regulations proposed for the live industry following criticism from high-profile artists, though the producers and promoters behind the initiative said there is still a need for reform in the segment.

"Ideas are proposed to be discussed," Iosif Prigozhin, a prominent producer who was among the original proponents of the new regulations, tells Billboard. "And regulations should be adopted in such a form that they will satisfy everyone."

"But the industry still needs some reforms and adjustment," he went on to say, adding that the proposed regulations were not aimed at hurting artists but were expected to clean the segment of unscrupulous and unprofessional players.

Two months ago, legislators embraced a proposal from several major promoters and producers through which a self-monitoring organization of promoters would be formed. The proposal also stipulated greater responsibility for promoters around customer care.

However, the proposal sparked a heated discussion among industry professionals and artists. Many of the latter, including Yuri Shevchuk, Boris Grebenshchikov, Alla Pugacheva and Grigory Leps, complained that the proposal was developed without any discussion with artists and was leaning too much towards customer care, while interests of artists were not properly protected.

As a result, the legislators announced that a new version of regulations will be developed with its criticisms taken into account.

According to Prigozhin, the idea of a self-monitoring organization is still viable but it needs further discussion to make sure that interests of all parties involved are observed.

"What's wrong with having a self-monitoring organization?" he concluded. "The construction sector, for instance, has one, and the banking industry, too."


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