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COVID-19 News and Information from The Association of Festival Organisers - Page 2

COVID-19 News from the Association of Festival Organisers.

Attendees At Most Outdoor Events Do Not Need To Give Their Contact Details Under The Test And Trace Regulations.

Attendees At Most Outdoor Events Do Not Need To Give Their Contact Details Under The Test And Trace Regulations.

14th May 2021

The Department of Health and DCMS have clarified that attendees at most outdoor events do not need to give their contact details under the test and trace regulations. You don’t need to collect DATA (but it helps if you do) The Department of Health and DCMS have clarified that attendees at most outdoor events do not need to give their contact details under the test and trace regulations...

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The BRIT Awards Celebrate The Return To Live Music As The First Major Indoor Music Event

The BRIT Awards Celebrate The Return To Live Music As The First Major Indoor Music Event

22nd April 2021

The BRIT Awards with Mastercard 2021 Tuesday May 11th 2021 – at The O2 arena on ITV and ITV Hub The BRIT Awards celebrate the return to live music as the first major indoor music event – with a special audience of invited key workers The BRIT Awards 2021 will be first major indoor music event to welcome back a live audience – a pivotal moment in the return of live mus...

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Music festival heads to Sefton Park as part of city events pilot

Music festival heads to Sefton Park as part of city events pilot

18th April 2021

Sefton Park is to play host to a brand new music festival as part of the national Events Research Programme (ERP). Sefton Park Pilot will take over a small area of the Grade 1 listed historic park on Sunday 2 May, with one of the hottest indie bands of the moment taking to the stage. On the line-up are chart topping band Blossoms, BBC 6 Music-championed The Lat...

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No Passports At ERP's

No Passports At ERP's

16th April 2021

NO PASSPORTS AT ERP’s (but you must prove negative) Attendees will not need to present COVID-19 passports at the upcoming first batch of test events in England, including next month’s FA Cup final. The Events Research Programme is running its first phase of 10-15 pilots in April and May to inform decisions on the safe removal of social distancing from Step 4 of the roadmap. ...

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Interim updated Covid-19 guidance published for festival organisers

Interim updated Covid-19 guidance published for festival organisers

16th April 2021

GUIDANCE FOR UK FESTIVALS HAS BEEN UPDATED A new interim briefing has been published to provide support and strategic direction for festival organisers in the planning of festivals until the results of the Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) and reviews on social distancing and Covid-Status Certification later this summer.   The document, launched yesterday, build...

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More Cash For Business

More Cash For Business

15th April 2021

The Government has updated the online tool that businesses can use to determine what support is available to them to take account of the changes in support mechanisms. This tool can be used by businesses in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland: https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder Updated Support Finder for Individuals The Government has also updated the online ...

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HELP The Research Pilots

HELP The Research Pilots

14th April 2021

HELP the research Pilots (and get AFO credit) Members will be aware that in order to get our festivals back up and running the Government have set up some research pilot shows. One of these is in Sefton Park ,Liverpool on 2nd May. Organised by Festival Republic who have put in enormous amounts of time and energy to get this show on for the benefit of our industry. Now they need our help. Th...

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Pilot Events To Pave Way For Larger Audiences At Sport, Theatre and Gigs This Summer

Pilot Events To Pave Way For Larger Audiences At Sport, Theatre and Gigs This Summer

11th April 2021

Government announces pilot events to pave way for larger audiences at sport, theatre and gigs this summer The EFL Cup Final and an FA Cup Semi-Final are set to be among a range of pilot events hosting audiences as part of the government’s plan to get big crowds back this summer. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-pilot-events-to-pave-way-for-larger-audiences-at-s...

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Vaccination Passports

Vaccination Passports

8th April 2021

Theresa Villiers, Chair of the APPG for Events, will be appearing on Radio 5 Live's Daily MPs Panel today around 11am, where they will be discussing vaccination passports.  Theresa will be making the case that there needs to be a clear differentiation by Government between the Hospitality and Events sectors when considering these. She will also be appearing on Times Radio on Sunday mor...

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Crucial Survey To Help Festivals Survive

Crucial Survey To Help Festivals Survive

1st April 2021

CRUCIAL SURVEY TO HELP FESTIVALS SURVIVE   The UK's Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment is carrying out a short survey - #ReviveLive Music Survey - about people's live music habits before Covid-19, and about their plans to return to live entertainment when things reopen.   The survey should only take a few minutes to complete, and by...

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Council Creates Top Up Grant Funding For Events Businesses

Council Creates Top Up Grant Funding For Events Businesses

29th March 2021

Event businesses are being urged to bang on their local authority’s door and ask for further funding. Following many hours in conversation with Swale Borough Council, which is Stand Out magazine’s own local authority, the council now has a greater understanding of the plight faced by event businesses. And, as a result, has since launched a Top Up Grant to help those companies that d...

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What does the Spring Roadmap Mean For Our Industry?

What does the Spring Roadmap Mean For Our Industry?

29th March 2021

So this is what you can do… TIC Roadmap Q&As (3).pdf...

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MP’s debate Events insurance… the match was a draw!!

MP’s debate Events insurance… the match was a draw!!

24th March 2021

MP’s debate Events insurance… the match was a draw!! Culture minister Caroline Dinenage was resolute in toeing the party line even in the face of overwhelming evidence. MPs Steve Brine and Kevin Brennan led the charge  with Jamie Stone MP opening the debate with a broadside shot. Others joined in but were unable to (visually )convince the minister that the gov backed insurance...

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Culture Recovery Fund 1 - USE IT NOW

Culture Recovery Fund 1 - USE IT NOW

24th March 2021

If you were lucky enough to secure a Culture Recovery Fund 1 Grant from ACE you started out needing to use it by 31 March. If you applied for an extension then you must report it by 30 June. If you didn't your reporting should now be on Grantium by 31 March or you could end up losing the last 10%. Do it now....

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Ecolibrium launches Travel Carbon Calculator app for live music industry

Ecolibrium launches Travel Carbon Calculator app for live music industry

23rd March 2021

As festivals and tours prepare for a post-pandemic restart, ecolibrium has launched an app to help artists and events tackle travel impacts today. Leaders across the industry, including Music Declares Emergency founders and Bluedot festival organisers, are amongst the first to champion the new App. The new, free to download app, has been designed to allow everyone working in live events to c...

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You Can Visit A Business Event Venue After The 29th March

You Can Visit A Business Event Venue After The 29th March

22nd March 2021

BVEP (in which AFO has representation) have confirmed that following representation and discussions with DCMS and The Cabinet Office, it has been agreed that after March 29, when the stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, visiting a business event venue i.e. festival site for the purpose of viewing the venue for future use will be allowed even if the venue is otherwise closed at this time. It&rs...

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Covid Status Certification Review Call For Evidence

Covid Status Certification Review Call For Evidence

22nd March 2021

Hotly debated now have your say. By 29th March. The government is reviewing whether COVID-status certification could play a role in reopening the economy, reducing restrictions on social contact and improving safety. COVID-status certification refers to the use of testing or vaccination data to confirm in different settings that individuals have a lower risk of getting sick with or trans...

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AFO Survey

AFO Survey

19th March 2021

AFO recently surveyed Membership to discover capacities and results of CRF 1 and 2. We also asked what the most important thing was that the government could assist festivals with to help us get moving again. The results are as follows (approx. 39% of membership replied): AFO members play to approximately 1,138,115 customers each year. The total amount of money from CRF collected was £...

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Digital Green Passport

Digital Green Passport

18th March 2021

We left …now they have got one!!! Digital Green Passport the European Commission has launched a proposal for a Regulation on the Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19. ...

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More news on applying for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

More news on applying for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

17th March 2021

You might qualify – you need to ask your local authority NOW 66 Councils who have given out Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to those without Business Premises (it was 17, then 34, then 42, not it’s 66 and rising) Some of those councils’ grants may have closed but are still good examples to quote to other councils, of what they did.  Others may still be open to appl...

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