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COVID-19 News and Information from The Association of Festival Organisers - Page 3

COVID-19 News from the Association of Festival Organisers.

Facts And Figures Needed To Fight Our Corner

Facts And Figures Needed To Fight Our Corner

11th March 2021

"Oh no!  Not more questions" said the AFO Member. "I totally agree" said the General Secretary. I am asked questions every day by DCMS, ACE, PR Companies, The Press and Researchers. Please would you help me "keep the pot boiling" by giving me some figures, thoughts and ideas. We have climbed a mountain of ignorance and bureaucracy and turned it into a...

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Festivals & Events: Interpreting the Roadmap

Festivals & Events: Interpreting the Roadmap

10th March 2021

As part of Symphotech’s Recover & Reopen programme, Eddy Grant, Director of Safety & Professor of Professional Practice at University of Cumbria, interprets the implications of the government’s roadmap for reopening the festivals & events sector. Recorded 8th March 2021. AFO Members can view this presentation and download the worksheets via our resource section: https...

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ARG Grant Has Been Updated To  Include Events Businesses That Are Not Eligible For Other Grants

ARG Grant Has Been Updated To Include Events Businesses That Are Not Eligible For Other Grants

10th March 2021

Another chance for a bit of support ARG Update The guidance on the ARG grant has been updated to specifically include tourism and events businesses that are not eligible for other grants. Local councils have the freedom to determine the eligibility criteria for these grants. However, we expect the funding to help those businesses which – while not legally forced to close – are none...

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Passport or no passport?

Passport or no passport?

9th March 2021

Boris Johnson confirmed that the government are looking at ways that a vaccine certificate may work and that consideration will be given to those who are under 16 or cannot have a vaccine, for instance due to medical circumstances. ROBERT JENRICK  says you can He has written to local authorities outlining that in step 2 of the Government’s roadmap (no earlier than 12 April) hospit...

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UK MUSIC CEO reports in his weekly blog a similar feeling to that of AFO Gen. Sec.

UK MUSIC CEO reports in his weekly blog a similar feeling to that of AFO Gen. Sec.

8th March 2021

UK MUSIC CEO reports in his weekly blog a similar feeling to that of AFO Gen. Sec. The euphoria of the news after the budget that suggested festivals could just restart was of course exciting but the devil in the detail is now being revealed. In his blog (8/3/21) Jamie says…. Last week’s Budget was a mixed bag for the music industry. Having finally secured a timeline for comi...

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EIF Statement On Insurance, Supplier Concerns and EIF Guidance Update

EIF Statement On Insurance, Supplier Concerns and EIF Guidance Update

6th March 2021

AFO currently holds the chair of EIF. The forum have today put out the following statement Insurance: Conversations are continuing with the Government over the need for them to underwrite insurance if events are to go ahead this summer. While we had hoped to hear something by now, the view is that this is very much on the table still. Supplier Concerns: Despite repeatedly urging the ...

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COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 (Summary)

COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 (Summary)

5th March 2021

On 22 February the Prime Minister announced the roadmap.  Most of you will be familiar with how it works - these are the summary pages drawn out in simple text, pictures, and explanatory notes.  READ SUMMARY HERE...

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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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