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General Secretary Writes - May 2021

General Secretary Writes - May 2021

11th May 2021

WE HAVE BEEN IN THIS TUNNEL TOO LONG... Hello Members and Friends, I hope you are all safe and well and as my title this month suggests, it really is time we found a way out of this tunnel.  The light is definitely on, quite possibly getting brighter, and I can tell you that a lot of different organisations are working towards the same goal as us. DCMS Select Committee One of those ...

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Survey Of 25,000 Fans Reveals They Are Ready To Return To Live Music

Survey Of 25,000 Fans Reveals They Are Ready To Return To Live Music

6th May 2021

SURVEY OF 25,000 FANS REVEALS THEY ARE READY TO RETURN TO LIVE MUSIC Fans want live music, and they want it now. Over 50% of fans are ready to attend music events right now if they could, with a further 25% ready to attend once they feel the right mitigations are in place. Tickets are selling: 73% of fans have already bought tickets since March, and by July 63% of music fans will have been...

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Mental Health in your workplace is not just a COVID issue.

Mental Health in your workplace is not just a COVID issue.

4th May 2021

Mental Health in your workplace is not just a COVID issue. With thanks to friends at AEO read this , collect the tool kit and don’t think it’s not for you . A foreword from the Chair and Vice The Coronavirus pandemic has been a very stressful time for a lot of people and the last 13 months have been a testing time for all particularly managing isolation and continued unce...

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Stand Out and Event Site Design Have Launched A New Resource To Post And Apply For Event Jobs

Stand Out and Event Site Design Have Launched A New Resource To Post And Apply For Event Jobs

29th April 2021

A new resource that enables events professionals to post and apply for event jobs has been launched by Stand Out and Event Site Design A simple and effective service for events professionals seeking new event-based roles has been launched, thanks to a new partnership between Event Site Design and Stand Out magazine. Event Jobs, in association with Event Site Design, is a new resource o...

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Steve Heap Invites You To Join Him At The Events Production Show 26-27 May 2021

Steve Heap Invites You To Join Him At The Events Production Show 26-27 May 2021

28th April 2021

Steve Heap the General Secretary of The Association of Festival Organisers invites you to join him at the Event Production Show in May.  “You are very welcome to join me and my colleagues on a panel on the mainstage at 3:30pm on Wednesday 26th of May at the Event Production Show when we will be discussing Grassroots Festivals.   If you're just starting out o...

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Will it be Face to Face or Virtual OR  a bit of Both ?

Will it be Face to Face or Virtual OR a bit of Both ?

27th April 2021

Will it be Face to Face or Virtual OR a bit of Both ??? JAM SPOTLIGHT Hybrid Events are offering FREE webinar on the subject, so if you are thinking you will but not quite sure how. Try this: https://www.reghub.net/hybrideventsjam   More information: https://crystalinteractive.net...

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Event Production Show's Box Office Is Now Open

Event Production Show's Box Office Is Now Open

23rd April 2021

Register For Your Free Place For The Event Production Show Conference The Event Production Show is nearly here, and organisers and agencies from live events industry across music, sport and culture will gather in person, under COVID compliant regulations at Farnborough Exhibition and Conference Centre on 26-27 May 2021 to unite, debate and discuss THE most important challenges and opportuni...

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Scam Alert

Scam Alert

22nd April 2021

A number of businesses have received a fraudulent letter purporting to be from BEIS stating that they need to purchase air purifiers as part of the requirements for reopening customers. The department has sent out a tweet stating that this is a scam and that businesses receiving such a letter should report this to Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime...

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Do you have a Pension? How is it invested?

Do you have a Pension? How is it invested?

22nd April 2021

Do you have a Pension? How is it invested? Do you even Know ? In the UK pensions make up a combined value of 3 trillion pounds. Of that, it’s possible 10% (or 300 billion pounds) is held in fossil fuel funds alone. The combined power of the money held in these funds is immense – enabling and supporting the fossil fuel industry. Ironically saving for the future is putting the f...

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LIVE Appoints Chris Carey as Chief Economis

LIVE Appoints Chris Carey as Chief Economis

22nd April 2021

** LIVE appoints Chris Carey as Chief Economist ** *** Umbrella organisation continues to expand with formation of sub-committees *** Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment (LIVE) has appointed Chris Carey to the role of Chief Economist, as the live music industry trade organisation continues to grow, establishing a series of specialist interest sub-committees. Carey joins the LIV...

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The BRIT Awards Celebrate The Return To Live Music As The First Major Indoor Music Event

The BRIT Awards Celebrate The Return To Live Music As The First Major Indoor Music Event

22nd April 2021

The BRIT Awards with Mastercard 2021 Tuesday May 11th 2021 – at The O2 arena on ITV and ITV Hub The BRIT Awards celebrate the return to live music as the first major indoor music event – with a special audience of invited key workers The BRIT Awards 2021 will be first major indoor music event to welcome back a live audience – a pivotal moment in the return of live mus...

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AFO Will Use New Location For Annual Conference

AFO Will Use New Location For Annual Conference

20th April 2021

AFO's Annual Conference Will Be At A New Location The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) will invite industry professionals, festival organisers and interested trade bodies to join them for their annual Conference 5 & 6 November at a new location in the Midlands.   The 2020 Conference moved to an online, streamed event in February 2021 and although extremely succes...

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Music festival heads to Sefton Park as part of city events pilot

Music festival heads to Sefton Park as part of city events pilot

18th April 2021

Sefton Park is to play host to a brand new music festival as part of the national Events Research Programme (ERP). Sefton Park Pilot will take over a small area of the Grade 1 listed historic park on Sunday 2 May, with one of the hottest indie bands of the moment taking to the stage. On the line-up are chart topping band Blossoms, BBC 6 Music-championed The Lat...

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TicketSellers appoints new Client Success Manager and Social Media & Marketing Manager

TicketSellers appoints new Client Success Manager and Social Media & Marketing Manager

17th April 2021

AFO is delighted to see Ticketsellers expanding their team with a confidence for the future return of festivals and events. TicketSellers were sponsors of AFO streamed Conference in February 2021 and we are very pleased to have this forward thinking company as an AFO supporter. TicketSellers appoints new Client Success Manager and Social Media & Marketing Manager on a mission to bec...

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No Passports At ERP's

No Passports At ERP's

16th April 2021

NO PASSPORTS AT ERP’s (but you must prove negative) Attendees will not need to present COVID-19 passports at the upcoming first batch of test events in England, including next month’s FA Cup final. The Events Research Programme is running its first phase of 10-15 pilots in April and May to inform decisions on the safe removal of social distancing from Step 4 of the roadmap. ...

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Interim updated Covid-19 guidance published for festival organisers

Interim updated Covid-19 guidance published for festival organisers

16th April 2021

GUIDANCE FOR UK FESTIVALS HAS BEEN UPDATED A new interim briefing has been published to provide support and strategic direction for festival organisers in the planning of festivals until the results of the Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP) and reviews on social distancing and Covid-Status Certification later this summer.   The document, launched yesterday, build...

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The Showman’s Show 2021 set to go ahead this autumn

The Showman’s Show 2021 set to go ahead this autumn

15th April 2021

Lance Show & Publications Limited, organiser of The Showman’s Show has confirmed that the event will be held at Newbury Showground from 20th – 21st October 2021. The government setting out a roadmap to steadily ease the current lockdown and a tentative date of 21st June for all restrictions to be lifted has provided a much-needed boost to the outdoor event sector and prompted a str...

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More Cash For Business

More Cash For Business

15th April 2021

The Government has updated the online tool that businesses can use to determine what support is available to them to take account of the changes in support mechanisms. This tool can be used by businesses in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland: https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder Updated Support Finder for Individuals The Government has also updated the online ...

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HELP The Research Pilots

HELP The Research Pilots

14th April 2021

HELP the research Pilots (and get AFO credit) Members will be aware that in order to get our festivals back up and running the Government have set up some research pilot shows. One of these is in Sefton Park ,Liverpool on 2nd May. Organised by Festival Republic who have put in enormous amounts of time and energy to get this show on for the benefit of our industry. Now they need our help. Th...

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Pilot Events To Pave Way For Larger Audiences At Sport, Theatre and Gigs This Summer

Pilot Events To Pave Way For Larger Audiences At Sport, Theatre and Gigs This Summer

11th April 2021

Government announces pilot events to pave way for larger audiences at sport, theatre and gigs this summer The EFL Cup Final and an FA Cup Semi-Final are set to be among a range of pilot events hosting audiences as part of the government’s plan to get big crowds back this summer. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-pilot-events-to-pave-way-for-larger-audiences-at-s...

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