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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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Sea shanty sensation Nathan Evans signs with United Talent Agents

Sea shanty sensation Nathan Evans signs with United Talent Agents

10th February 2021

UTA has signed Nathan Evans, the Scottish singer who found fame on TikTok for his rendition of the whaling ballad ‘Soon May the Wellerman Come’, for worldwide representation. Evans, a former postman who is credited with inspiring the unlikely social media craze around sea shanties, has held the no.2 spot in the UK charts for three weeks with the 220 Kid/Billen Ted remix of ‘We...

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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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Drystone launch the Mick Peat Drystone Bursary

Drystone launch the Mick Peat Drystone Bursary

9th February 2021

‘Building his legacy’: Drystone launch the Mick Peat Drystone Bursary. Following the sad loss of our dear friend and founding President Mick Peat, community arts enterprise Drystone are pleased to announce that "The Mick Peat Drystone Bursary" fund has been established in his memory. The crowdfunder is aiming to initially raise £2,500 to seed the bursary, which wi...

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Sustainable practises: A fine example from FolkEast

Sustainable practises: A fine example from FolkEast

8th February 2021

Sustainable practises: A fine example from FolkEast In Suffolk we have a council backed organisation called the Suffolk Carbon Charter which is a great way to measure the progress we make each year. We were awarded the Silver Charter in 2014 and in 2018 we were promoted to Gold for showing an improvement each year. We set out from the start with FolkEast to have as lower carbon footprint ...

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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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Hearts In Harmony

Hearts In Harmony

30th January 2021

HEARTS IN HARMONY: Derbyshire musicians unite WITH A CONCERT to support FOUR CAUSES Tickets go on sale on Valentine's Day for an online concert, raising money for four different organisations – all working together to share the love, and the music! The concert will be streamed from 6th July – which is International Kissing Day ! – and will feature nearly three hours of mu...

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General Secretary Writes -  28 January 2021

General Secretary Writes - 28 January 2021

28th January 2021

January 2021 part 2 In my last blog to AFO on 12 January I thought I would be leaving it about a month before writing again.  However, things are changing daily so I thought I would come to you a little early  With now only three weeks to go to AFO Conference Saturday 20 February 2021, I strongly recommend that you get onto the AFO website at festivalorganisers.org and book now....

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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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NAFS Online Programme

NAFS Online Programme

26th January 2021

The National Arts Fundraising School has developed an online version of the school, running over four consecutive weeks, to enable arts fundraisers to benefit from the focused learning that the residential school provides but in a flexible, accessible and C-19 safe way. This programme will teach you how to formulate a robust strategy to raise significantly more money, and equip yourself with pr...

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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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