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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.

Thinking Of Running Your Festival - Then Read This!

Thinking Of Running Your Festival - Then Read This!

2nd March 2021

Just to help cut speculation and to assist in clarity, if you are wondering what to do, thinking of running your festival or tickets have already gone on sale I strongly recommend you read this detail first. In particular Section 3 and 4. If this does not answer your questions or give you the guidance you need, drop a line to [email protected] and we will try and Answer your ...

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HM treasury recognise the cultural Industries

HM treasury recognise the cultural Industries

2nd March 2021

  Stakeholder reaction responding to news that the Chancellor will announce nearly £410m extra money for arts, culture and heritage industries. This includes a £300m boost for the Culture Recovery Fund, an extra £90m to support our National Museums and cultural bodies to bridge the months ahead, and nearly £20m for culture projects in regio...

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Umbrella live music organisation LIVE launches

Umbrella live music organisation LIVE launches

24th February 2021

Live music industry umbrella group LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment), which has been involved in initiatives including the #LetTheMusicPlay and #KeepVATat5 campaigns, has formally launched. Declaring itself “the voice of the UK’s live music industry”, LIVE is a federation of more than a dozen live music industry associations including the Association of Ind...

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UK Music tells AFO Conference government-backed insurance scheme is critical

UK Music tells AFO Conference government-backed insurance scheme is critical

23rd February 2021

Speaking at the Association of Organisers Conference on Saturday, 20 February, UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin outlined how festivals can play key role in the post-pandemic economic and cultural recovery but the right support was key, including a government-backed insurance scheme. Njoku-Goodwin said that as long as the festival industry is unable to operate viably, Government must...

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PM Gives The Tinest Glimmer

PM Gives The Tinest Glimmer

22nd February 2021

On 22 February, the Prime Minister set out his road map for ending the lockdown. Of course, he didn’t say that festivals and big events could start again, but there was the tiniest glimmer of hope in his statement. He made quick reference to events but said the word “testing “on several occasions. The festival industry as we know it cannot handle testing at the gate of the ...

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Industry reacts to Government’s events reopening timeline

Industry reacts to Government’s events reopening timeline

22nd February 2021

Following the prime minister’s announcement in the House of Commons today, 22 February, that major live events will not be able to return until 17 May, and it will be at least 21 June before full capacity shows can resume, the events industry has called on the Government to support impacted businesses and individuals during the downtime. “While it is good to get some clarity followi...

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WeMakeEvents campaign: The Government can’t see us, can you?

WeMakeEvents campaign: The Government can’t see us, can you?

18th February 2021

Launch: 18th February Crux of the campaign: As you will be well aware, the live events industry has been hit incredibly hard by COVID and the associated lockdown and social distancing measures. As representatives of individuals and companies working in the live events supply chain, our campaign is focused on the fact that the government has frequently appeared blind to the impacts on the su...

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Covid-19 Community Testing/Postcode checker

Covid-19 Community Testing/Postcode checker

10th February 2021

The Department for Health and Social Care have announced that over 230 local authorities in England are now offering rapid Covid-19 testing. They have also launched a new postcode checker to help people who need to leave home for work find out if rapid Covid-19 testing is offered by their local authority or near their place of work. https://www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site...

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Rowan Cannon, Wild Rumpus Attended DCMS Select Committee Inquiry 2 February 2021

Rowan Cannon, Wild Rumpus Attended DCMS Select Committee Inquiry 2 February 2021

4th February 2021

Speaking at the DCMS Select Committee inquiry into the future of UK music festivals earlier this week it was great to hear that Rowan Cannon, Wild Rumpus confirm that her company’s two 5,000-capacity festivals could be staged even if social distancing measures had to be implemeted.   Read the article here: https://accessaa.co.uk/festivals-as-safe-as-sainsburys/ To vie...

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The Government Needs To Keep The VAT Rate on Tickets At 5% For The Next Three Years

The Government Needs To Keep The VAT Rate on Tickets At 5% For The Next Three Years

4th February 2021

#KeepVATat5 This has been one of the most difficult years ever for the live music industry, with a reduction of more than 80% in revenue across the industry. As one of the first industries to close and likely the last to reopen, the Cultural Recovery Fund was a lifeline for some businesses in our industry.  Alongside the CRF was a promised reduction in the rate of VA...

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Jamie Njoku-Goodwin CEO of UK Music Fighting For Festivals

Jamie Njoku-Goodwin CEO of UK Music Fighting For Festivals

1st February 2021

See and Hear UK MUSIC CEO fight our corner for festivals. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000ry1z/politics-live-01022021 (Starts around 20.56 mins in)...

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French Festivals Reschedule As New Lockdown Looms

French Festivals Reschedule As New Lockdown Looms

31st January 2021

 This is why we need H.M. Government backed insurance… https://www.iq-mag.net/2021/01/french-festivals-reschedule-new-lockdown-looms/#.YBa-aXmnzD5 It could happen here!   #SupportFestivals #SupportEvents ...

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All Party Parliamentary Group for Events  have teamed up with BVEP

All Party Parliamentary Group for Events have teamed up with BVEP

28th January 2021

All Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG) have teamed up with BVEP to make a submission to the covid recovery Commission (AFO /EIF give evidence and support to the APPG) Click here to view the CRC Policy Submission Document Click here to view the APPG BVEP CRC Release Document...

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PRS for Music launches new Online Live Concert licence

PRS for Music launches new Online Live Concert licence

26th January 2021

PRS for Music launches new Online Live Concert licence for small-scale livestreamed gigs  Available for livestreamed events below £500 in revenue New portal allows easy licence purchase for those wanting to stage or host an online live concert or gig in the UK New educational webpage helps members and potential licensees understand the rights and licensing requirement of onli...

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Mitigations to Reduce Transmission of the New Variant

Mitigations to Reduce Transmission of the New Variant

25th January 2021

Mitigations to Reduce Transmission of the new variant SARS-CoV-2 virusSAGE-EMG, SPI-B, Transmission Group, 23 Dec 2020 Be sure to take time to read the mitigations to reduce transmission of the new variant here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/948607/s0995-mitigations-to-reduce-transmission-of-the-new-variant.pdf...

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CRF: Grants Round one – Underspend Communications

CRF: Grants Round one – Underspend Communications

24th January 2021

CRF: Grants Round one – underspend communications 21.1.21 – FINAL EMAIL 1 To: all CRF1 Grant recipients Subject: Underspend on Culture Recovery Fund: Grants (first round) Hello, We are happy to be able to confirm that DCMS has advised that, due to the changes in restrictions brought about by the introduction of tiers and current lockdown, any remaining underspend on you...

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Culture Recovery Fund 2 Urgent Update 22 January 2021

Culture Recovery Fund 2 Urgent Update 22 January 2021

22nd January 2021

Arts Council England seem to have made an error in the text of part of CRF2 application. Lucy Stone has very kindly provided the following. Character Counts in the Expenditure Table and the Delivery Plan Table are intended to be 100 Characters. There seem to be a number of anomalies in Grantium on the word counts for the Expenditure Table and the Delivery Pla...

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Glastonbury Festival 2021 Cancelled

Glastonbury Festival 2021 Cancelled

21st January 2021

Fallow and Furloughed…The big one gets away. The Eavis family run festival of performing arts is to have another year off due to the Covid -19 pandemic. Michael and Emily Eavis announced on Thursday 21 January 2021 that “it is with great regret we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place.“ They have hung on for as long as they possib...

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Travel Exemptions - Performing Arts Professionals  No Longer Qualify

Travel Exemptions - Performing Arts Professionals No Longer Qualify

18th January 2021

For those who bring in ARTISTS The Government announced on Friday the suspension of Travel Corridors and tightened the list of quarantine exemptions for at least one month from Monday 18th January to prevent and suppress the spread of concerning new variants of coronavirus into the UK, such as those first identified in Brazil and South America. The list of the suspended exemptions is available ...

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Culture Recovery Fund 2 Urgent Update 18 January 2021

Culture Recovery Fund 2 Urgent Update 18 January 2021

18th January 2021

Culture Recovery Fund 2 Urgent Update - Must Read.... Updates and clarifications from ACE on COVID guidance around their expectations for planning the CRF2 bids have been released. Please ensure you view the updated document within the resource library With thanks to LIVE and Lucy Stone...

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