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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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A quick catch up

A quick catch up

10th July 2019

Looking back to the beginning of June I was plotting which festivals I would want to visit.  There was an overriding feeling that ticket sales were a bit slow this year.  One or two sell-outs, like Shambala and Glastonbury of course, but there were many others from the smaller up to the middle size festivals reporting quite slow sales.  I think we unanimously put this down to the ho...

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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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ATTENTION - Affordable on the day tent hire from 20

ATTENTION - Affordable on the day tent hire from 20

28th May 2019

        Affordable on the day tent hire from £20    Year after year 100,000’s of tents are left after festivals and are going to landfill, which is having a major impact on the environment, cost of clearing up, also increases the manufacturing of cheap flimsy throw away tents. If we can help to reduce the manufacturing of these tents it w...

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The Event Industry's Summer Cricket and Networking Event

The Event Industry's Summer Cricket and Networking Event

28th May 2019

THE EVENT INDUSTRY’S SUMMER CRICKET AND NETWORKING EVENT • Play commences at 10.30am • Play concludes at 6pm   ...

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Powerful Thinking calls for sustainable power suppliers

Powerful Thinking calls for sustainable power suppliers

28th May 2019

UK: In 2017, Powerful Thinking launched? the Sustainable Power Supplier programme – an online resource for event organisers that connects innovative suppliers with a growing community of festivals committed to smart energy management. The programme was developed after Powerful Thinking’s third annual Industry Green Survey showed that a common barrier to implementing sustainable practic...

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Timber Festival granted ID&Cs festival bursary

Timber Festival granted ID&Cs festival bursary

28th May 2019

UK: ID&C, the provider of security wristbands for festivals and live events, has announced Timber Festival as the winner of its 2019 Grass Roots Festival Bursary and recipient of the £2500 grant. The Timber Festival is a joint venture between the National Forest Company and Wild Rumpus, who have come together to create an international festival exploring the transformative impact of f...

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Folk of the World

Folk of the World

21st April 2019

Global Local Presents:  Folk of The World  Native Sun & Everyday People   FRIDAY 3RD OF MAY   AT T...

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