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Voluntary Arts- restarting voluntary arts activity across all artforms.

Voluntary Arts invites you to an online discussion specifically looking at issues around restarting voluntary arts activity across all artforms....
Published on: 6th August 2020

New Rules On Gatherings In Some Parts of Northern England

New rules on social gatherings will be introduced in Northern England to stop the spread of COVID-19. These changes will also apply in Leicester city. This will affect any events being planed in these areas....
Published on: 31st July 2020

Steve Heap's article in the latest edition of Open Air Business

Check out Steve Heap's article in the latest edition of Open Air Business...
Published on: 30th July 2020

Showman’s Show - A Year Off

Johnny and Jeremy Lance announced a year off for the Showman’s Show....
Published on: 30th July 2020

Key dates for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Key dates for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)...
Published on: 21st July 2020

We seem to be making progress with Government!

After several weeks of discussions with government departments the live music world was very pleased to hear the Chancellor announce a £1.57Bn support package for Arts & Heritage. This, alongside a drop of 15% in VAT on sal...
Published on: 20th July 2020

The last few weeks

There has been a great deal going on since I last summarised the work we do on your behalf and I would like to bring you up to speed....
Published on: 17th July 2020

Steve Heap's Interview On Sustainability

Published on: 15th July 2020

Facts, figures, and information needed for DCMS

Published on: 9th July 2020

£1.57B of Investment to Protect Britain’s World Class Culture Arts and Heritage Institutions

Published on: 8th July 2020

House of Commons Debate

Published on: 6th July 2020

Life during lockdown

Published on: 4th July 2020

The Government has today introduced its new Planning and Business Bill

Published on: 25th June 2020

DCMS Covid-19 Survey Results

Published on: 25th June 2020

Steve Brine Requests The PM to Speak To DCMS This Summer

Published on: 23rd June 2020

Can we say cheers to plant-based plastic yet?

The sustainability of our environment has not gone away during the COVID crisis. Livvy Drake (Sustainable Sidekicks) guest blog on Vision: 2025 discusses whether "We can say cheers to plant-based plastic yet?"...
Published on: 21st June 2020

Let's re-think our sustainability policies for 2021

With the devastating effect of COVID-19 destroying the 2020 festival season it does give organisers an opportunity to reflect on how they will recover in 2021. More on that in another place. However, it also gives us all the...
Published on: 18th June 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, consumer contracts, cancellation and refunds

There are a wide range of contracts that have been affected due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic....
Published on: 14th June 2020

Why Cancelled Festivals Will Take Their Toll On Local Businesses

Steve Heap, General Secretary of the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), says the impact of cancelled festivals will be strongly felt by local businesses in a recent article published in the Access All Areas publication...
Published on: 9th June 2020

Insurance Guidance For Business Interuption Policies

Draft Guidance for Insurance Companies - As part of its investigation into Coronavirus related business interruption insurance, the FCA have published draft guidance on their expectations for insurers and insurance intermedia...
Published on: 8th June 2020

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