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Missed The AFO Online Conference? You Can Access All Recorded Sessions For £25

The AFO virtual conference took place on Saturday 25th Feb ’23. Planned and broadcast from Sounding Post Studios in Nottingham, the day was very successful with amazing content and great guidance from a wide variety of speakers. The delegates that were able to attend paid the small fee of £25 to join the whole day or any part of it which ran from 10am to 5.30pm. 

You can see all the presentations now as you were not able to make it on the day. The cost will be £25 -  the same as the delegates paid for this full access. 

Click here to purchase access all recordings

To give you an idea of what you missed you can see my round up of the days packed agenda (for free):


SESSION 1 - Do you care?: Health and Welfare for all - Craig Mathie
A panel discussion led by Craig Mathie, founder of Project 30, to consider how the live events industry looks after it’s staff, volunteers, artists and audiences. Exploring how we can – do – should look after people properly, the panel will spark the conversation on best practice and how to adopt it within your events.

SESSION 2 - Should Artists be in your marketing team? - Joe Heap
Hear Towersey Festival Director, Joe Heap, discussing how much artists could, should, will, or won’t help you to sell tickets!

SESSION 3 - The view from LIVE - Jon Collins
Jon Collins, CEO of LIVE (the voice of the UK’s live music and entertainment business), gives an overview of LIVE’s work, the state of the industry, and how festivals fit into the live music ecosystem.

SESSION 4 - Martyn’s Law - Russ Phillips
Martyn’s Law will impact all festivals and events – Russ Phillips, member of the UK Crowd Management Association, and author of the Purple Guide’s Counter Terrorism section, gives an overview of the law’s aims to create a coherent and proportionate approach to protective security.

SESSION 5 - Big, Bigger, Biggest, Best - Steve Heap
AFO’s General Secretary addresses the measures of success that we use, or abuse.

SESSION 6- Green Nation & Green Events Code - Vikki Chapman, Hannah Cox & Chris Johnson
Vikki will give information on Live Nation’s work on implementing Green Nation, including sharing progress on connecting some of their festival sites to mains power.

Better Not Stop’s mission is “to ensure businesses can fundamentally be better in every sense – through sustainable growth, financial growth, environmental and social impact. And to ensure businesses never stop being better.”

Hear how these initiatives are making a difference within the world of live events.

Chris joins the panel to outline the Green Events Code - developed by Vision:2025 – and how it is intended to provide clear and robust minimum standards and shared targets for sustainability across the outdoor events industry.

SESSION 7 - Arts Council England Project Grants – Hannah Travers
An informative overview to help you get to grips with the Arts Council England Let’s Create Outcomes and Investment Principles and help you craft the winning budget, project plan and application. Understand what you need to include, what consultation you need to do, how to reduce your application’s risk and how to increase your project’s feasibility so you can secure the funding you need.

SESSION  8 - Diverse and Representative Programming - Vick Bain, Eddie Barcan
Founder of The F-List for Music directory of female musicians, Vick Bain, is joined by Splendid Events’ Eddie Barcan to discuss inequality, and the road to equality, within the live music scene.Achieving a 50/50 gender balanced programme is a pledge for many festivals, and this brings an opportunity to discuss the importance, and how you can achieve this within your events.

SESSION 9 - International Rescue! - Ian Smith
Ian’s years of work running International agencies Frusion and Fizzion and many years as national chair of UK Musicians Union Folk Roots and Trad music section international led to his founding UKEArtswork - an independent non-commercial initiative set up in 2020 to ensure that the arts and all its workers can continue to work as smoothly as possible pre and post Brexit. He’ll be
explaining the mysteries of work permits, visas, carnets, and getting artists from the EU into the UK (and vice-versa!)

SESSION 10 - Remove barriers. Welcome everyone. Do your part. - Jacob Adams, Alex Covell
Attitude is Everything work to connect disabled people with music and live event industries to improve access together. Jacob Adams (and Alex Covell) outline the organisation’s work and their campaigns, and discuss the practical approaches, training and resources that are available to help the access needs of audiences, artists, staff and volunteers.

You can, as we all have done, learn so much from these industry experts that will go some way to helping you plan and deliver your festival this year.

I wish you well with that planning and success on the day.

The next AFO conference will be Face2Face in November. Watch AFO news for more details soon.


Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 9th Mar 2023 16:02:00

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