Electrical Safety in Music Venues

Posted on: March 19, 2020 by RMS Hospitality

Music venues may be havens for fans of the latest pop sensation or storied rock group, but for those who run the venues, they present a number of liabilities and safety risks. Because of the huge amount of power consumption that goes into a single show through things like lighting and sound, music venue operators need to be aware of the electrical safety risks both onstage and off.

Music Venue Electrical Safety Checklist


Any concert that takes place in a music venue will require a large amount of power for hundreds or even thousands of electrical equipment pieces, each considered to be crucial to a show’s success. With this in mind, it’s important for music venues to know how to keep their guests, staff, and musicians safe in regards to electrical equipment.

Set Phasers to Safety

The average household in the United States is powered by a single power supply source. For music venues, they need up to three power supplies in order to produce enough lighting and sound to not only produce a show but to operate like a regular business. These power supplies are meant to deliver more power to one location consisting of large cables that branch off to different parts of a venue and can provide a large amount of electricity.

But while this supply is helpful when operating a music venue, creating a fun and exciting experience for concertgoers, it also presents a number of risks.

Before one amp is plugged in or one cable is connected, venues should be sure to update their insurance coverage to make sure it covers these specific liabilities. This kind of coverage can help to provide the right counsel and resources when an issue takes place. While prevention is the best option, having music venue insurance can help to alleviate major claims that arise from electrical shock or power surge problems.

Equipment Standards

During installation, electricians need to remember that they are working with three power supplies that should be evenly distributed. Dealing with large amounts of electricity all at once can present issues such as major electrical shocks, power surges, and other potential incidents. Music venues can help prevent major incidents by making sure all equipment, including wiring and cables, are in good working condition and are not in the middle of wear and tear.

Music venues can also utilize safety devices that can be installed to prevent sudden power surges and electrical overload. Before a concert takes place, the staff should be directed to check and double-check all electrical installations to look for any irregularities or signs of risk.

To help carry the load of a major power supply and create a backup option if a surge does take place, venues can invest in backup generators in case of outages or any number of related issues. Portable generators can be purchased to take care of this need, especially for outdoor venues.

Protecting Musicians

When bands take the stage and plug in their own instruments and set up some of their own equipment, music venue staff should consult with them in order to alleviate any confusion about electrical safety and power supply overload. Musicians should be kept safe and be helped out when it comes to education surrounding a particular venue’s power supply equipment and status.

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