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Robert Richards

Robert Richards

14th January 2022

GLASTONBURY’S ROBERT RICHARDS DIES AT 65 Michael Eavis leads tributes to the festival's "remarkable" longtime commercial director, who worked on the event for 30 years Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis has led tributes to the festival’s long-serving commercial director Robert Richards, who has died aged 65 following a short illness. Richards, who was the producer of Julien Temple&rs...

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Industry Green Survey 2021 “ Results and Analysis

Industry Green Survey 2021 “ Results and Analysis

11th January 2022

The annual Industry Green Survey of outdoor festivals, conducted by the Vision: 2025 network of outdoor events and businesses taking climate action for the 7th year running, provides a snapshot of sustainability practice across the industry by asking UK festival organisers about their attitudes and challenges. The results identify trends and changes and help Vision: 2025 shape suppor...

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Mother Earth Expects!

Mother Earth Expects!

10th January 2022

Here we are in a new year, one that the earth is totally familiar with. We talk the talk about how we must save the planet, about the rise in temperature and climate change happening before our very eyes. But quite apart from the policies and good will that we publish for our festivals, what are we actually doing?? Have we taken any action in our own personal and domestic lives?. (see Chris J...

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The Irish government is set to pay approximately 2,000 artists and musicians a basic income for three years

The Irish government is set to pay approximately 2,000 artists and musicians a basic income for three years

10th January 2022

Now here's a great idea... IRISH GOV TO PAY BASIC INCOME TO 2,000 ARTISTS The "once-in-a-lifetime policy intervention" could see thousands of artists paid a basic income for three years to pursue their creative work With thanx to IQ mag Recipients of the scheme may receive a basic payment of €10.50 (£8.75) an hour to pursue their creative work. A consultation on how the Basic Inc...

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In Case An Organiser Wants Covid-19 Insurance!

In Case An Organiser Wants Covid-19 Insurance!

10th January 2022

There have been some minor changes to the governments reinsurance scheme. However the principal remains the same. If you are considering applying it would be worth you reading this. If not, then use your time more wisely and go and support your local pub. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/live-events-reinsurance-scheme...

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AFO General Secretary Writes Friday 7 January 2022

AFO General Secretary Writes Friday 7 January 2022

7th January 2022

Firstly, may I wish you a very Happy New Year and I hope that you had a good Christmas break. You will remember that I wrote my last GSW on 14 December so in the run up to Christmas there were one or two things going on and then a long silence, so perhaps this edition will be a bit shorter than usual.   Monday 13 December I attended Festival and Outdoor Events DCMS Working Group where we l...

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A New Festival Venue

A New Festival Venue

7th January 2022

‘AFO office had a call from Al Brown in Stockton-on-Tees telling us about a great new venue for hosting a festival.  He has a very large farm area with a brewery onboard as well. He is very keen to talk to anybody in the northeast who would be interested in staging a festival in partnership with him. You can find him at [email protected] The farm is Upper Brew Farm, Racecourse Road,...

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More cash left in CULTURAL RECOVERY FUND

More cash left in CULTURAL RECOVERY FUND

7th January 2022

It is definitely worth you checking to see if you qualify for some funding. It's not easy but if you were successful it will be worth the effort. The Government has made a further £30 million available and extended the application window for emergency funding through the Culture Recovery Fund to support museums, cinemas, theatres and heritage organisations through the impact of th...

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Clive Pouncenby

Clive Pouncenby

7th January 2022

“Clive Pouncenby, RIP It is with great sadness that we have heard of the passing of Clive Pouncenby.  Long-time stalwart of the northwest scene and organiser of the Bothy Folk Club in Southport. We understand Clive died suddenly on 4th January.  Another one lost to our industry.  Clive was organiser of the club for at least 30, possibly even 40, years.  The Club recentl...

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Music And You Teams Up With Lush, Zoella And I Am Whole To Offer Free Therapy Sessions For Those Working In The Live Music Sector

Music And You Teams Up With Lush, Zoella And I Am Whole To Offer Free Therapy Sessions For Those Working In The Live Music Sector

7th January 2022

Friday 7th January 2022 In March 2020, when the whole world went into lockdown as a result of the CoVid 19 pandemic, no one could have foreseen the impact this virus would have on all areas of our lives, or how long these impacts would last.  Whilst some industries were quick to adapt to new ways of working online, more traditional industries whose business models revolve around an ...

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Big Burns Supper Battle On

Big Burns Supper Battle On

6th January 2022

With all the special covid arrangements in place in Scotland AFO member BIG burns supper are unable to present their usual selection. Not to be defeated they offer all of this instead read on … Happy New Year from everyone at Big Burns Supper – we hope you have a prosperous year ahead, and you get the chance to see lots of live events.   We recently wrote to you to i...

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Vision: 2025 Partner With Access All Areas At The Event Production Show 2022.

Vision: 2025 Partner With Access All Areas At The Event Production Show 2022.

4th January 2022

Vision: 2025 is delighted to be extending their partnership with Access All Areas by hosting two panels at the Event Production Show, 8th & 9th March, at ExCeL, London. Both Vision curated panels will run on the first day of the show, with ‘Sustainability – progress with event power' (13:00) chaired by Graham Brown (Vision: 2025 / Brown Fox Comms) with guests Chiara Badiali (J...

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Industry Green Survey 2021: Results and Analysis

Industry Green Survey 2021: Results and Analysis

4th January 2022

The annual Industry Green Survey of outdoor festivals, conducted by the Vision: 2025 network of outdoor events and businesses taking climate action for the 7th year running, provides a snapshot of sustainability practice across the industry by asking UK festival organisers about their attitudes and challenges. The results identify trends and changes and help Vision: 2025 shape sup...

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Project Manager (A Greener Festival) - Event Sustainability - Queens Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Project Manager (A Greener Festival) - Event Sustainability - Queens Platinum Jubilee Pageant

4th January 2022

Would you like to play a crucial role in improving the sustainability of a large-scale event taking place in 2022?   The Platinum Jubilee Pageant Ltd. has been set up to deliver the pageant taking place on Sunday 5th June 2022. The Pageant will run through the streets of Central London and include around 5000 performers from across the UK and the Commonwealth. Content will include street ...

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Get Boosted - NHS Department of Health & Social Care

Get Boosted - NHS Department of Health & Social Care

4th January 2022

How to support the COVID-19 Booster vaccine rollout on Facebook:Add a frame to your Facebook profile photo. Facebook Frame - Desktop To add one of the Covid-19 Vaccine frames to your profile picture: Go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes Search for the “NHS Covid Vaccine” frames and select the one you want to use. Click Use as Profile Picture in the bottom right of the screen ...

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You Might Still Need Funding Support.

You Might Still Need Funding Support.

3rd January 2022

Just before Christmas the chancellor announced sources of Funding However, these are not new sources, they are changes and updates on existing funds £30 million in additional funding to the Emergency Resource Support Fund will be made available through the Culture Recovery Fund through to March 2022. To be eligible for the funding, cultural organisations must demonstrate, via c...

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EATMT Annual Newsletter

EATMT Annual Newsletter

23rd December 2021

2021 With so many things still on hold, there is still much effort to bring music to you during a National Lockdown. EATMT are delighted to be part of the programming for the John Peel Centre’s involvement with Independent Venue Week which will take place online commencing Monday 25th January 2021. Independent Venue Week (IVW) runs across the whole country for a week at the en...

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New Gov. Support For Our Wider Industry

New Gov. Support For Our Wider Industry

21st December 2021

New gov. support for our wider industry.(that’s new support not new government) This afternoon, the Chancellor announced new economic support measures to support businesses impacted by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. You can read the full announcement here and please see a summary of the measures below. As you’ll see, these support measures do not create any new sources of f...

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LIVE - Hot News

LIVE - Hot News

20th December 2021

Thursday 16 December I attended a LIVE Executive meeting where several issues to do with Omicron Virus and Plan B update were discussed.  With the festival season planning well underway and early season festivals only a matter of weeks away LIVE, on behalf of all of our industry are asking government to consider reintroducing VAT at 5% for all ticket sales.  To reconsider how the insu...

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Omicron: Live Music Restrictions

Omicron: Live Music Restrictions

17th December 2021

So if you think it’s just us that is in this mess, see how the rest of the world is doing in live music  (thx to IQ INDEX on line music mag) Abu DhabiAs of 27 November, the operating capacity of indoor events has increased to 80%. Entry to indoor events requires attendees to show their green pass and a negative PCR test result received within 96 hours. Attendees at indoor events mus...

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