What does AFO do?

Working for and with festivals and events

AFO was started in 1987 when a group of festival organisers came together to exchange views and ideas. It was clear that supporting each other was a good way forward for the whole of the festival scene. AFO is an independent organisation with an office in the East Midlands and a nationwide brief. AFO continues to develop and grow, providing support for its members and a voice for the festival and events industry to HM government, local authorities, UK live music industry and much more.

Our current priorities are:

- Writing and collating new resource documents for publication on the AFO website
- Review of The Purple Guide Subscribe to the Purple Guide
- Constantly reviewing our AFO Code of Best Practice for Festivals
- Staying in contact with the All Party Parliamentary Group supporting our events and other similar organisations in Government circles
- Working closely with Britain for Events to establish a strong link between our events and the UK Tourist industry
- Continuing to approach the media and raise awareness of festivals wherever possible
- Organising the annual AFO Conference started in 1987
- Working with members and others to further widen the membership of AFO to the benefit of all
- Continuing to be a source of information gathering and dissemination and advice though email, telephone and personal meetings, so supporting the festival industry in the UK

Our achievements:

- Growing the Association from small beginnings to over 250 members
- Contributing to major changes in licensing law
- Negotiating special arrangements with PRS for Music (Licensing)
- Arranging and maintaining contact with many other associations in the industry on issues such as VAT, secondary ticketing, rent and rates levies
- Assisting in the writing and editing of a Little Purple Guide similar to the PG but smaller for smaller events
- Creating a code of best practice and helping to form and maintain the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events
- Assisting with the editing and management of the review of The Purple Guide with colleagues at The Event Industry Forum (EIF)
- Steve Heap, the General Secretary of AFO, also writes articles, reviews and comments on a wide range of festival and event issues for national magazines including Stand Out Magazine, Access All Areas and others.