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The Coronavirus - COVID-19

Cancelled AFO events and others 2020 - information HERE

AFO member festivals are run by a proud and dedicated bunch of organisers.  The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed us all to the limit, but we will not give up.
Some on this Festival list will still happen on their 2020 dates, others have shifted from early season to later in the year.  Sadly, many have had to make the brave decision to just move into 2021.

This list, true at the time of publication, shows who is on and when.  Most are AFO member festivals, others are about to join this ever-growing association.

When you plan to visit a festival, always check the event’s website for latest information before setting out to enjoy (this year changes are happening very quickly).
For now, please support your favourite festivals, offer help if you can and don’t forget the AFO ticket swap agreement for any events still taking place this year or indeed for 2021.

Lots of useful links:

AFO is part of UK Live Music Group and represents our corner to HM government through this very powerful and influential group.  See HERE 
In particular this group has the ear of DCMS.  We are meeting in conference calls regularly.
Through the Events Industry Forum (EIF), which AFO chairs, is a group of 26 event industry professional associations.  This body also has a strong and influential voice through the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Home Office.
AFO will not give direct advice on which you can act.  However, you may take the information or advice offered and use it if you wish by your own choice.

Click on the following for more helpful information and possible funding:
Best summary of the support being offered to business, workers and the self-employed HERE
Chancellor's report 26 March 2020 HERE

AIM
Arts Council England

Business Support gov.uk
Help Musicians
Musician's Union
Music Venue Trust
PRS for Music
PRS Foundation
Further Government information
Welsh Government

Do be aware that the situation regarding the virus changes by the hour.  Keep up-to-date and follow HM government guidance.
This is not a party-political issue, this is the human race and its social economic survival against the virus.
If you have major questions that are concerning your own business, festival, career, promotion, management or agency it is very likely that AFO has direct contact with someone who can advise.  Be it the Association or the government department.

AFO is available to channel correspondence where necessary.  This should not stop you and your organisation speaking directly to your own union or association or government department.  We will not always reply to you personally but can forward your question or concern to the right place.

Now is the time your membership of the appropriate association is very important.
Festivals or events - you should be an AFO member
Musicians - you should be a member of Musician’s Union (MU)
Promoters, Agents or Managers - you should be member of the Agents Assocation
“Techies” - you should be a member of Production Services Association (PSA) 

Together we shall win.  Keep safe and good luck.

Steve Heap
General Secretary. AFO and Chairman EIF

 
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