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‘If they are not professionals, they shouldn't be doing it'

‘If they are not professionals, they shouldn't be doing it'

13th August 2019

At one of the earliest Events Industry Forum meetings our good friend Mick Upton RIP made a similar statement along the lines of ‘If they are not spending their whole time organising and planning events, then they really should stick to their day jobs’.  There was an interesting debate around the room, but it was concluded in the end that most festivals and events in the UK a...

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Searson Band

Searson Band

13th August 2019

A wonderful band from Canada in Ireland and the UK in early November and will also appear in the Showcase at AFO Conference on Saturday 9 November. They are available for gigs on and around that date and highly recommended. For details contact [email protected] (Erin Searson)....

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Ruskin College - Oxford

Ruskin College - Oxford

31st July 2019

Residential Courses Event Management with Oxford LiederLevel: Residential | Duration: 3 days | Next course: 17th - 19th September 2019 Join Oxford Lieder in residence at Ruskin to build your experience and skills in event management and get an opportunity to run your own event, on this residential course. What is it about? Oxford Lieder runs...

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The Show Will Go On

The Show Will Go On

25th July 2019

Festival Vision:2025 exceeds funding target, securing the publication of a new Show Must Go On report, signalling the UK festival and event industry’s ambition to tackle environmental impacts.  The Festival Vision:2025 crowdfunding campaign, launched by not-for-profit Powerful Thinking, has raised over 28k to fund a campaign to provide leadership around climate breakdown through the ...

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One month to go until Just So Festival celebrates its 10th birthday

One month to go until Just So Festival celebrates its 10th birthday

25th July 2019

Just So Festival, 16/17/18 August 2019, Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire Festival directors share top ten things to enjoy this year Organisers expecting a sell-out With just one month to go until Just So Festival celebrates its 10th birthday, festival directors Rowan Hoban and Sarah Bird share their top ten unmissable things in the line-up. From foot-stomping music to the Tribal Tournament,...

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Welcome to our partners - WOMEX - THE WORLD MUSIC EXPO

Welcome to our partners - WOMEX - THE WORLD MUSIC EXPO

25th July 2019

WOMEX 19 – Tampere, Finland, 23–27 October 2019 "WOMEX is the most important international music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, with 7 stages, 60 music showcases, 700 + exhibiting companies, more than 92 countries, 2,700 professionals, 100 speakers and mentors, 16 films, an opening concert and award ceremony, across five packed networ...

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AFO News Update

AFO News Update

11th July 2019

Tuesday 18 June - General Secretary, Steve Heap went to several meetings in London on behalf of the Association.   First to meet Kevin Brennan, MP Shadow Culture Minister to discuss business rates on greenfield sites along with PRS and PPL infringements onto our budgets.  I will keep in touch with Kevin as he investigates the business rates issue a little further, and report back. ...

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Some frightening facts about UK arts & culture organisations:

Some frightening facts about UK arts & culture organisations:

11th July 2019

31 theatres on the at risk register 2019 urgently need funding. 64 museums have closed since 2010, according to research by the Museums Association – with more looking likely. And just six months after ACE's 2018-22 super-supported NPOs were established, the number facing a 'major risk' was up 20% on the previous quarter. And that's just the tip of th...

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Business Rates on Greenfield Sites

Business Rates on Greenfield Sites

11th July 2019

It has come to our attention over recent years that some local authorities are starting to examine the possibility of charging Business Rates to greenfield site events.  It is well known that agricultural land is zero rated, however some local authorities have permission from government to charge a business rate where the farmer or land owner takes a rent for an event to take place on th...

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Music is not 'noise'

Music is not 'noise'

11th July 2019

DMA Live is the European network for live music associations representing venues, clubs and festivals in fifteen countries. They have recently produced a document headed ‘Music Is Not Noise’ - any future environmental noise regulation must safeguard the cultural rights to live music and artistic freedom’.   A really interesting read and some valuable information...

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Scam Alert - Fake emails

Scam Alert - Fake emails

3rd July 2019

You may already be aware of this, but the director of Cornwall Folk Festival has been in touch with us about fake emails being sent, allegedly on behalf of the festival, inviting artists from abroad (mainly the US and Australia) to play. We think the Isle of Wight festival has also been targeted. The scammers are taking money from artists who pursue the invitation.  ...

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…….And Another Report On Our Industry

…….And Another Report On Our Industry

27th June 2019

Mintel have just launched their Music Concerts and Festivals UK Survey Report 2018.  Some of the result show if music fans begin to cut back or BREXIT negotiations negatively impact music tourism then it may begin to struggle, especially in the increasingly crowded market place.  The report asks can wearable tech replace cash and cards at music events, and how can music events ...

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Did I Tell You the One About the Green Parent?

Did I Tell You the One About the Green Parent?

17th June 2019

  Did I Tell You the One About the Green Parent? No?  It is not a parent that is green, it is actually the name of a magazine, and if you get your chance as a festival organiser to grab a copy and have a read of the June/July 2019 edition, you will find a Festival Guide.  A great deal of information about all kinds of festivals and events.  Maybe you could ...

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Fairer Funding for Festivals

Fairer Funding for Festivals

17th June 2019

It is interesting to note that National Lottery Funds are raised from the sale of tickets in shops and premises throughout the nation.  However, most of the tickets are purchased in areas of the country that are less fortunate than, for instance, Central London. Would it not be fairer for National Lottery Funds to be distributed in proportion to the amount of money spend on the ticket...

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Ambitious Vision for Sustainable Events

Ambitious Vision for Sustainable Events

10th June 2019

Festival Vision:2025 launches Crowdfunder, inviting everyone in the events industry to be part of an ambitious strategy toward a sustainable events industry, 11thJune 2019.   The Festival Vision:2025 crowdfunding campaign, launched by not-for-profit group Powerful Thinking, givesthe whole live events industry the opportunity to work together and provide leadership around climate breakdo...

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Festival Fever

Festival Fever

10th June 2019

Festival Fever We would like to talk to you more about how we can work with you to meet your needs for any festivals you are in the middle of organising. ...

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Market Traders Survey

Market Traders Survey

4th June 2019

The National Market Traders Federation (NMTF), great supporters of AFO, carried out a survey of their members in 2017/18 and from the responses received 235 were market operators, 207 were market traders, 225 event traders and 29 were street traders.   From an AFO point of view if you run market stalls at your festival then you should note that the National Market Traders Federation h...

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Wild Rumpus

Wild Rumpus

4th June 2019

Wild Rumpus exist in a space where arts and culture meet the natural environment, creating events that immerse audiences in incredible stories and moments of wonder. Here's our news! ...

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Supporting Grassroots Live Music

Supporting Grassroots Live Music

4th June 2019

Supporting Grassroots Live Music fund. This funding will be available to support applicants whose work is focused on hosting and promoting live music events in venues. The money has been ringfenced to enable additional support to small music venues and promoters We are primarily interested in supporting projects that take place in small to medium sized grassroots music venues...

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AFO needs YOU!!!

AFO needs YOU!!!

3rd June 2019

Interested in the Festival and Events Industry ? Live in or near the East Midlands ? Have good admin, IT and communication skills ? Need a job - Starts part-time, can grow See poster for details  ...

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