Music fee cost will hit obesity battle

FOR YEARS now we have been told of the effect of obesity and associated illnesses on the National Health budget, because of this the Government and sports associations encouraged people to adopt a more active and healthy lifestyle.

All over the country private health clubs, aerobic, line dance, zumba and fitness classes have sprung up, most of these do their movements to music for which the organiser has to pay an annual set fee for a Public Performance Licence.

From May, it is intended that this yearly set fee will be replaced by a payment per session.

This could mean that an organiser who runs 320 classes a year and presently pays £178.66 plus VAT per year could be faced with an annual outlay of more than £600 plus VAT by 2018.

Some instructors barely cover their costs as it is and claim the decision will more than treble the amount they must pay. Hundreds of fitness classes could be wiped out at a time when the nation’s obesity problem is putting increased strain on the NHS.

Surely such an increase will set back the Government’s aim for a healthier society and lead to more obesity and costs.

AP Cox, Heath Close, Holgate, York.

 

• YOU see people walking about who suffer from obesity but don’t seem to care.

Now the coalition Government and the Labour Party are coming up with the same suggestion, ie making manufacturers put on their food labels the contents of fat, sugar and salt.

Some manufacturers do this already, others don’t.

To get this over to everybody, what it needs is for all parties to get a motion put through Parliament whereby food manufacturers have to put on their products the total contents of what is in their foods.

It’s costing the NHS thousands of pounds in treating overweight people.

If the contents had to be displayed, then people could not complain about being overweight.

Tom Mitchell, Mendip Close, Huntington, York.

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11:41am Thu 10 Jan 13

sheps lad says...

Be honest! how many people read the labels on everything they buy? The weekly shop would take a day to complete.
Be honest! how many people read the labels on everything they buy? The weekly shop would take a day to complete. sheps lad
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12:04pm Thu 10 Jan 13

/kev/null says...

To the Zumba instructor who doesn't want to pay the going rate for music: Go talk to some professional musicians about how easy it is for them to make a living. If a fitness class doesn't work without music then the music is an invaluable part of your service and the rights holders deserve to be compensated.
To the Zumba instructor who doesn't want to pay the going rate for music: Go talk to some professional musicians about how easy it is for them to make a living. If a fitness class doesn't work without music then the music is an invaluable part of your service and the rights holders deserve to be compensated. /kev/null
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12:07pm Thu 10 Jan 13

/kev/null says...

Actually, you're complaining that someone who runs over 300 classes a year will have to pay £600 plus VAT. That's a little over two quid per class to provide what is apparently an essential element of your livelihood. And you think that's bad value?
Actually, you're complaining that someone who runs over 300 classes a year will have to pay £600 plus VAT. That's a little over two quid per class to provide what is apparently an essential element of your livelihood. And you think that's bad value? /kev/null
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4:15am Fri 11 Jan 13

Magicman! says...

/kev/null wrote:
To the Zumba instructor who doesn't want to pay the going rate for music: Go talk to some professional musicians about how easy it is for them to make a living. If a fitness class doesn't work without music then the music is an invaluable part of your service and the rights holders deserve to be compensated.
Oh yes, I'm sure Justin Bieber is really concerned about a lack of money to buy tracksuits.

Oh sorry, I misread your post... I see now you stated PROFESSIONAL musicians! Even so, those you see on the TV and on big festival stages seem to be getting on fine... all this seems to be is big music moguls finding a new way or working our archaic copyright laws to their benefit to cream off more profit.

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As for food labels, the TV report made me laugh... as it stated which foods get consumed most by school children and families, and so the government wants to forcibly reduce sugar and fat content in those foods. But that won't work, simply because there are a group of lazy parents out there who colelct their kids from school by car (even though they live only a 5 minute walk away) and then instead of cooking a proper meat and veg meal take the sprogs to McDonalds, and then wonder why they're kids are fat f*****s!! then they ahve the gall to blame food companies when it's their own bad parenting.
Think about food and sweets that used to be around when I was a kid: Lucky Charms cereal and Nerds sweets.... I only got bought the cereal once a month at the most, and the sweets were bought as a single box on a weekend - I didn't end up as some hyperactive uncontrollable brat running up the walls and disrupting everybody in class... but because of a lack of proper parenting in some sectors of society, a league of overzealous parents got together and laid the blame for the uncontrollable brats with the artificial colours and flavours used in these food products. After all, it's simpler to get a food banned than it is to actually tell people to be better parents and make them live up to it!!
[quote][p][bold]/kev/null[/bold] wrote: To the Zumba instructor who doesn't want to pay the going rate for music: Go talk to some professional musicians about how easy it is for them to make a living. If a fitness class doesn't work without music then the music is an invaluable part of your service and the rights holders deserve to be compensated.[/p][/quote]Oh yes, I'm sure Justin Bieber is really concerned about a lack of money to buy tracksuits. Oh sorry, I misread your post... I see now you stated PROFESSIONAL musicians! Even so, those you see on the TV and on big festival stages seem to be getting on fine... all this seems to be is big music moguls finding a new way or working our archaic copyright laws to their benefit to cream off more profit. -- As for food labels, the TV report made me laugh... as it stated which foods get consumed most by school children and families, and so the government wants to forcibly reduce sugar and fat content in those foods. But that won't work, simply because there are a group of lazy parents out there who colelct their kids from school by car (even though they live only a 5 minute walk away) and then instead of cooking a proper meat and veg meal take the sprogs to McDonalds, and then wonder why they're kids are fat f*****s!! then they ahve the gall to blame food companies when it's their own bad parenting. Think about food and sweets that used to be around when I was a kid: Lucky Charms cereal and Nerds sweets.... I only got bought the cereal once a month at the most, and the sweets were bought as a single box on a weekend - I didn't end up as some hyperactive uncontrollable brat running up the walls and disrupting everybody in class... but because of a lack of proper parenting in some sectors of society, a league of overzealous parents got together and laid the blame for the uncontrollable brats with the artificial colours and flavours used in these food products. After all, it's simpler to get a food banned than it is to actually tell people to be better parents and make them live up to it!! Magicman!
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5:56pm Sun 13 Jan 13

TerryYork says...

Absolutely disgusting people think they can have other people's music for free.

I bet these "Zumba" classes aren't being provided for free.

Stop STEALING musicians music and pay the pittance towards it via the licence.
Absolutely disgusting people think they can have other people's music for free. I bet these "Zumba" classes aren't being provided for free. Stop STEALING musicians music and pay the pittance towards it via the licence. TerryYork
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