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COVID-19 News and Information from The Association of Festival Organisers - Page 5

COVID-19 News from the Association of Festival Organisers.

Indoor And Outdoor Events With Audiences Given Green Light From 2nd December

Indoor And Outdoor Events With Audiences Given Green Light From 2nd December

23rd November 2020

The Government has issued its Winter Plan, which states that outdoor events such as concerts and sports will be able to accommodate audiences of up to 4,000 in Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas when the UK emerges from national lockdown on 2 December. It said in Tiers 1 and 2, live events can now resume inside and outside with capacity limits and social distancing in place. In Tier 1 the capacity limit w...

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Theresa Villiers MP To Chair New All Party Parliamentary Group For Events

Theresa Villiers MP To Chair New All Party Parliamentary Group For Events

23rd November 2020

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG) has now been re-established as an official APPG in Parliament following the appointment of a new chair and vice chair. The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Member of Parliament for Chipping Barnet, will be the new Chair of the APPG. Villiers takes over from James Heappey MP, who was Chair for four years, until his appointment as Minister for the Ar...

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Government Guidance - Principles Of Safer Singing

Government Guidance - Principles Of Safer Singing

23rd November 2020

Government officials have always tried hard to be clear. Ministers will often be heard saying "let me be very clear". So if you fancy a sing here is the clear guidance. o Singing takes place only in larger well-ventilated spaces, or outdoors. o Performance or rehearsal is for limited periods of time at a reduced level of loudness, using microphones for amplification if available. o ...

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VisitEngland consumer sentiment tracker wave 19

VisitEngland consumer sentiment tracker wave 19

20th November 2020

Field work for the latest consumer sentiment tracker was conducted last week 9-13 November, in this we can see the negative force of England’s lockdown, but also the positive news around the prospect of effective vaccines being available in the near future. Some key points include: People’s moods have received a lift – there is a very significant decline in the proportio...

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Recover And Reopen Covid 19 Event Safety Planning Free Webinar

Recover And Reopen Covid 19 Event Safety Planning Free Webinar

16th November 2020

We are presenting a series of webinars and safety support for AFO Members to manage COVID 19 safe festivals, with event safety specialists, Symphotech, to run December 12th, January 9th and at our member's conference on February 20th. Specifically, the legislative area will be England. Producing our festivals will be complicated in 2021. These free to attend Recover & Reopen webinars ai...

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Additional Restrictions Grant

Additional Restrictions Grant

9th November 2020

There are grants and support packages coming out of our ears these days. Along with several other organisations, AFO has been lobbying HM Gov. for funds in all quarters, some we have been successful others not so. This one MAY be of use to some of our AFO members. Read more here...

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Local Restrictions Support Grants

Local Restrictions Support Grants

5th November 2020

FUNDS ARE NOW AT YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL OFFICE   Guidance has just gone out on accessing the £1.1bn of funding to Local Authorities to support businesses during lockdown.   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-restrictions-support-grants-lrsg-and-additional-restrictions-grant-arg-guidance-for-local-authorities?fbclid=IwAR0El71Y9l_rGzqP5ow0Gl3yCpf...

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Safety Guidance Update

Safety Guidance Update

27th October 2020

  The "Working Safely During Coronavirus Covid 19" guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants has been updated   https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts?fbclid=IwAR19e7rj9XuE--LrbVXAxX2RVpjWAshVTLdRoAi5xiY45is2q5NWsAMSusY#arts-3-2 ...

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The restart of outdoors events and the powers of Local Authorities - A Barristers Opinion

The restart of outdoors events and the powers of Local Authorities - A Barristers Opinion

17th October 2020

Background Following the last minute cancellation of the Southampton Boat Show in September – a smaller version of the normal event – by Southampton City Council, the Forum sought advice from a leading barrister who specialises in licence issues, Phillip Kolvin QC. The following is a brief outline of his advice in relation to the use of Regulation 5(1) of The Health Protection (C...

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UK Festivals Planning Guidance Around Covid 19

UK Festivals Planning Guidance Around Covid 19

13th October 2020

Updating guidance launched today (13th October 2020) includes contributions from across the festival industry working in collaboration with DCMS and Public Health England. Newly published festival guidance around Covid-19 will assist festival organisers, safety advisory group members, local directors of public health and other industry parties in assessing risk levels and planning fes...

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Most Disappointing Day of the Year

Most Disappointing Day of the Year

9th October 2020

HELP NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!   Today will go down in history as one of the most disappointing days of the year.   Cancelling the 2020 festival season was bad enough, most of our festival industry falling through the cracks in all the chancellor’s packages over the last six months has been a big pill to swallow. He told us we are not a viable industry ...

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Liverpool City Region £40M funding

Liverpool City Region £40M funding

9th October 2020

If any readers out there have venues, performance spaces, work in or create in the Liverpool area you might be interested to know that Liverpool City Region have just come up with a £40M fund especially for those people and venues who failed to achieve anything from their Arts Council applications in the Cultural Recovery Fund (due out 12/10/2020). See here for further details And you ...

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WeMakeEvents Global Day of Action planned for 30th September

WeMakeEvents Global Day of Action planned for 30th September

29th September 2020

WeMakeEvents is calling on the industry to join together as a worldwide force on the 30th September for a Global Day Of Action As unemployment soars, 25 countries join together to represent over 30 million workers in the worldwide events industry The #WeMakeEvents campaign has been ramping up activity in order to highlight how the global live events industry urgently needs to get back to wor...

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VAT Notice From HMRC

VAT Notice From HMRC

28th September 2020

HMRC has produced new guidance in relation to the Chancellors announcement yesterday that these businesses that deferred VAT payments from 20 March to 30 June 2020 will not now have to pay the full amount by the end of March 2021. Under the arrangements announced yesterday, businesses will have the option to make smaller interest-free payments up to the end of March 2022. To take advantage of this...

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Beardy Folk Festival Under Covid restrictions

Beardy Folk Festival Under Covid restrictions

25th September 2020

Beardy Folk Festival (Sept 17th – 20th 2020) Under Covid restrictions – A brief report Introduction Beardy Folk Festival is situated near Cleobury Mortimer near Kidderminster.  The event was held in Hopton Court and the usual capacity of the festival is 5000.  However, for this year’s event tickets were limited to 750.  This was the only folk festival to att...

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Rule of Six In Scotland And Wales

Rule of Six In Scotland And Wales

14th September 2020

For our members in Scotland and Wales THE RULE OF 6 has some variations. Wales and Scotland have now introduced their own rules for Six people gathering which differ from England, just to complicate things for everyone! Wales In Wales, the “rule of Six” will only apply to people meeting indoors and all six people must all belong to the same “extended household group&r...

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FAQs - VAT reduced rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation & attractions

FAQs - VAT reduced rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation & attractions

11th September 2020

AFO was part of the UKMUSIC campaign to get a reduction in VAT on Tickets sales and the subsequent campaign to confirm Festivals were seen as attractions and so be included. The following information may answer some of the queries we have been receiving. Readers may also be interested to know that there is now a new campaign to have this VAT reduction period extended into , at best the next ...

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Resilient festival organisers create new style events

Resilient festival organisers create new style events

26th August 2020

The Association of Festival Organisers has always known its members are dedicated and resilient, but according to Gen. Sec Steve Heap “we really did not expect so many events to resurface in 2020.” It was generally thought the festival season was wiped out with 95% of the usual festivals postponing to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. By the time we got to June there were sounds...

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Important News Update For AFO Members

Important News Update For AFO Members

12th August 2020

We tried to get a consortium bid together for AFO members but I’m afraid that battle was lost. They out gunned us!! So take the advice and if £50k is too much go for a Project grant starting at £10k. See also Lucy Stones slides from her webinar on how to apply. Very useful info and all free to AFO members read on…………. We've had clarif...

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Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage

Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage

7th August 2020

£50,000 Minimum Grants Application – unlikely, but there is an alternative.   The Heritage Lottery Fund has a Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage which starts at around £10,000.  You may quality if your festival or event is in need of a small amount of funds to get you through.  It is more reading I am afraid and you need to visit www.heritagefund.org.uk/fund...

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