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After 3 years of negotiation…. The new PRS tariff!!

After 3 years of negotiation…. The new PRS tariff!!

16th May 2018

AFO members and others will know from previous statements, PRS and AFO along with several other Live music promoters  and associations have been discussing the Performing Right Society’s demand to increase the % rate of the LP tariff. During the consultation phase it became clear that PRS were looking to move up nearer to rates similar to those charged in some European countries. F...

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Festival First Timer

Festival First Timer

8th May 2018

What To Expect A festival is like a small town and can be as big as one - the perimeter fence of Glastonbury is 8.5 miles long!  Festivals bring people together to party with friends and escape for the weekend.  To enjoy yourself and avoid some of the classic festival fails, it’s good to understand the environment you are going into. There will be queues -  to get in,...

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Julie's Bicycle - Sustaining Creativity

Julie's Bicycle - Sustaining Creativity

8th May 2018

RESPONSE TO THE NEW DRAFT REGULATIONS ON LIGHTING PROPOSED UNDER THE ECODESIGN DIRECTIVE 2009/125/EC AS PART OF THE ECODESIGN WORKING PLAN 2016-2019 This response comes from an organisation that is founded on the aspirations of exceeding the Paris Agreement targets and is solely dedicated to the effective implementation of positive environmental strategies and the swift reduction of g...

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Run a Festival for Oxjam in the Midlands

Run a Festival for Oxjam in the Midlands

8th May 2018

Run a Festival for Oxjam in the Midlands We're proud to have been the Official Ticketing Partner of Oxjam for the last decade. It's the UK’s largest grassroots music festival, and they need aspiring Festival Managers to run events in the Midlands this Octob...

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Secondary ticketing sites pledge overhaul

Secondary ticketing sites pledge overhaul

3rd May 2018

Following CMA enforcement action, 3 major secondary ticketing websites have pledged a number of changes to the way information is provided to customers.   StubHub, GETMEIN! and Seatwave have formally committed to ensuring better information will be given about tickets being resold through their platforms. This builds on changes they had already made during the course of the Competition ...

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Sustainability

Sustainability

3rd May 2018

SUSTAINABILITY   There is no such thing as AWAY   ‘Tidy up’, ‘throw it away’ are quite common phrases in the western world’s way of life.  But where actually is AWAY?  Is it on a fire, creating pollutant smoke?  Is it to a landfill bin, poisoning the earth?  Or does it find its way into the river, and then ...

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Press Release: Jenny Morris Joins NCASS

Press Release: Jenny Morris Joins NCASS

3rd May 2018

Jenny Morris MBE joins NCASS The Nationwide Caterers Association is delighted to announce that Jenny Morris MBE has joined the organisation as an advisor to the board on strategy and food safety. As the independent food sector continues to experience incredible growth, SME and micro businesses are offering more diverse food than ever and as their trade association we have taken this step to ens...

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NOEA Newsletter

NOEA Newsletter

3rd May 2018

April Newsletter   Stage Lighting ...

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Family Arts Campaign

Family Arts Campaign

24th April 2018

      Family Arts Leadership Symposium   The Family Arts Campaign is delighted to announce our first ever Family Arts Leadership Symposium. Established and emerging cultural leaders are invited to engage in the big issues affecting working with famili...

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Rock City Stage Crew

Rock City Stage Crew

24th April 2018

Rock City Stage Crew is an award winning family run business, established in 1990, that supplies personnel and training to the Live Events Industry throughout the UK.  In 2017, they balanced their fuel use from crew travel and from onsite vehicles used for We Are Fstvl, Download, Lovebox, Wilderness, Creamfields, Boomtown, Reading and BBC Hyde Park.   Rock City are committed to ens...

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Breaking News: BEVERLEY FOLK FESTIVAL  CANCELLED

Breaking News: BEVERLEY FOLK FESTIVAL CANCELLED

23rd April 2018

It is with immense sadness and regret that we have to announce that this year’s festival cannot go ahead. Beverley Folk Festival is a non-profit-making organisation, run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Unfortunately we have recently discovered that we have lost our primary source of funding so we simply do not have the money to pay for either the infrastructure or the performers....

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Urgent News - BEWARE - STOLEN FURNITURE SCAM

Urgent News - BEWARE - STOLEN FURNITURE SCAM

22nd April 2018

  PLEASE BE AWARE OF A CURRENT SCAM ALERT Rosetone Event Furniture have been alerted by several of our Customers of a SCAM that is doing the rounds. PLEASE TO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM. Chairs and sometimes Tables are HIRED by a softly spoken customer, who usually explains that he has been let down by another Hire Company.  He needs to hire quite quickly and arranges to Pay by ...

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AFO Code of Practice

AFO Code of Practice

14th April 2018

CODE OF BEST PRACTICE FOR FESTIVALS & EVENTS The Association of Festival Organisers is open to any festival or event organiser who wishes to share their knowledge and experiences, learn, teach and strive for good standards in festival work. This Code of Best Practice is reviewed and amended from time to time by the membership. Association of Festival Organisers members agre...

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Traditional Music Forum

Traditional Music Forum

12th April 2018

TMF Newsletter April 2018 ...

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Internship needed

Internship needed

9th April 2018

My name is Antoine Vischery. At the moment, I’m a student in an engineering school in France. Before being in this engineering school, I had 2 years technical qualification in electricity and industrial automation in a university in France. It was doing a sandwich course. Now, I’m in HEI, it’s an engineering school in France. I’m an apprentice. During the sch...

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The Event Technology Awards 2018

The Event Technology Awards 2018

9th April 2018

The awards are now in their sixth year and will once again recognise the achievements of companies delivering digital and technological solutions to the events industry. The Event Technology Awards ceremony will take place in London on the evening of Wednesday 7th November 2018 following Event Tech Live. The ceremony is widely regarded as the only networking event that brings together...

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Creative Sector Industry Deal Agreed

Creative Sector Industry Deal Agreed

9th April 2018

Creative Sector Industry Deal Agreed At the end of last week the Government announced that it had agreed a Sector Deal with the Creative Industries which will have positive implications for producing the creative and cultural resources on which ...

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Times they are a-changing. AFO’s Steve Heap, talks

Times they are a-changing. AFO’s Steve Heap, talks

22nd March 2018

There was a time when the events industry stood on its own two feet; just sell a few tickets, pay the bills and all was well. I think that may well be in the dim and distant past. Now most of us need grant funding or sponsors and certainly a lot of ticket sales. The days of relatively low budget equipment for your site and artists for your stage are well and truly over. I’m...

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Aquaforno II The Ultimate in Outdoor Cooking

Aquaforno II The Ultimate in Outdoor Cooking

21st March 2018

The Aquaforno II The All in One multi-fueled grill, pizza oven, smoker, brazier,fire pit,clothes dryer with internal boiler, in one beautifully designed portable stove. So you can be in your favourite places and eat your favourite foods. The new and improved version of the classic Aquaforno adds that extra dimension to your outdoor experience. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/aquaforno-ii-the...

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Repaint your Festival

Repaint your Festival

21st March 2018

Spring is here and festivals are just around the corner! Do you need paint for your festival event? Community RePaint is the answer! We are a non-profit distributing company that collects reusable, leftover paint and re-distributes it at very low cost to individuals, families, communities and charities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK.  ...

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