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Mitigations to Reduce Transmission of the New Variant

Mitigations to Reduce Transmission of the New Variant

25th January 2021

Mitigations to Reduce Transmission of the new variant SARS-CoV-2 virusSAGE-EMG, SPI-B, Transmission Group, 23 Dec 2020 Be sure to take time to read the mitigations to reduce transmission of the new variant here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/948607/s0995-mitigations-to-reduce-transmission-of-the-new-variant.pdf...

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CRF: Grants Round one – Underspend Communications

CRF: Grants Round one – Underspend Communications

24th January 2021

CRF: Grants Round one – underspend communications 21.1.21 – FINAL EMAIL 1 To: all CRF1 Grant recipients Subject: Underspend on Culture Recovery Fund: Grants (first round) Hello, We are happy to be able to confirm that DCMS has advised that, due to the changes in restrictions brought about by the introduction of tiers and current lockdown, any remaining underspend on you...

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Culture Recovery Fund 2 Urgent Update 22 January 2021

Culture Recovery Fund 2 Urgent Update 22 January 2021

22nd January 2021

Arts Council England seem to have made an error in the text of part of CRF2 application. Lucy Stone has very kindly provided the following. Character Counts in the Expenditure Table and the Delivery Plan Table are intended to be 100 Characters. There seem to be a number of anomalies in Grantium on the word counts for the Expenditure Table and the Delivery Pla...

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Glastonbury Festival 2021 Cancelled

Glastonbury Festival 2021 Cancelled

21st January 2021

Fallow and Furloughed…The big one gets away. The Eavis family run festival of performing arts is to have another year off due to the Covid -19 pandemic. Michael and Emily Eavis announced on Thursday 21 January 2021 that “it is with great regret we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place.“ They have hung on for as long as they possib...

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Travel Exemptions - Performing Arts Professionals  No Longer Qualify

Travel Exemptions - Performing Arts Professionals No Longer Qualify

18th January 2021

For those who bring in ARTISTS The Government announced on Friday the suspension of Travel Corridors and tightened the list of quarantine exemptions for at least one month from Monday 18th January to prevent and suppress the spread of concerning new variants of coronavirus into the UK, such as those first identified in Brazil and South America. The list of the suspended exemptions is available ...

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Culture Recovery Fund 2 Urgent Update 18 January 2021

Culture Recovery Fund 2 Urgent Update 18 January 2021

18th January 2021

Culture Recovery Fund 2 Urgent Update - Must Read.... Updates and clarifications from ACE on COVID guidance around their expectations for planning the CRF2 bids have been released. Please ensure you view the updated document within the resource library With thanks to LIVE and Lucy Stone...

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Culture Recovery Fund 2 Webinar (With grateful thanks to LIVE)

Culture Recovery Fund 2 Webinar (With grateful thanks to LIVE)

16th January 2021

There was a great turn out for the CRF webinar (with grateful thanks to LIVE) on Thursday 14 January - over 500 people in the end. All documents listed below can be found within the resource library: 1. Presentation slides from Thursday 14 January 2. Making an application to CRF Guidance 2021 - contains an overview of the fund, the questions with some additional prompt...

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UK Funding Update ( with thanks to LIVE)

UK Funding Update ( with thanks to LIVE)

14th January 2021

  England Cultural Recovery Fund Grants The second round is now open for applications, the deadline is on Tuesday 26th January 2021 at midday. Webinars are being held on January 14th and 18th for those who want more information before applying. Tickets can be booked here. A number of aspects of this funding programme differ substantially from round 1 of...

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General Secretary Writes - 12 January 2021

General Secretary Writes - 12 January 2021

12th January 2021

12/1/21 (a palindromic day) Hello all and a very Happy New Year.  From here on we have just got to believe that things can get better (it couldn’t be much worse).  Although 2021 started with good news and bad news vis-à-vis Covid, vaccinations, sad loss of life etc. etc., we do have a chance that by the end of this year we could well be back to as near normal as reasonabl...

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Businesses Which Have Been Denied Support Are Urged To Come Forward

Businesses Which Have Been Denied Support Are Urged To Come Forward

12th January 2021

The Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) has been asked to provide evidence to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) of events businesses which have been unsuccessful in applying for financial support from their Local Authority during the pandemic. Any events business which has been unsuccessful in applying for support is urged to send evidence to the BVEP as soon as possi...

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Webinar On How To Best Apply For The Final Culture Recovery Fund Grant Round

Webinar On How To Best Apply For The Final Culture Recovery Fund Grant Round

10th January 2021

Now you can apply to CRF 2, but if you need guidance and we recommend you do, read on…. A webinar has been organised for all Association Of Festival Organisers members on Thursday 14 January from 13:00 - 15:00. Lucy Stone (No Stone Unturned Fundraising) will run through the CRF Round 2 application process and give advice on how best to apply for a grant, alongside a live Q&A ...

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Culture Recovery Fund: Grants second round

Culture Recovery Fund: Grants second round

9th January 2021

£ support from the chancellor/DCMS/ACE... read on… If you applied in the first round of Cultural Recovery Fund but got nothing this is your second chance. However, some members were entertained by ACE at a webinar on 8/1/21 which suggested Festivals should head in the direction of Project Grants. Well, when the first round told us £50,000 was the minimum you could apply...

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And It Came For Me….But There Was No-one Left To Help Me

And It Came For Me….But There Was No-one Left To Help Me

9th January 2021

I met a man who thought the virus was being blown out of proportion.I met another who said he wouldn’t trust the vaccination, and another who said he had a flu jab and still got flu. I met a dozen people partying in the park and family who just arrived from the far east hugging their close family. I thought as I haven’t been out for months except to buy essentials and exercise perha...

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Working Safely During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance Updated

Working Safely During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance Updated

8th January 2021

Please note that the guidance for Performing Arts working safely during  COVID-19 has now been updated following the Prime Ministers announcement...

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Funding Update

Funding Update

7th January 2021

UK Funding update ( with thanks to LIVE) England Cultural Recovery Fund Grants The second round is now open for applications, the deadline is on Tuesday 26th January 2021 at midday. Webinars are being held on January 14th and 18th for those who want more information before applying. Tickets can be booked here. A number of aspects of this funding programme di...

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Guidance For Second Round Of The Culture Recovery Fund

Guidance For Second Round Of The Culture Recovery Fund

23rd December 2020

If you're planning to apply to the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund then please be aware that customer services will be closed till Monday 4 January but  support is available to you online: Guidance for grants: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/CRFgrants?_cldee=bGlvdXhAZmVzdGl2YWxvcmdhbmlzZXJzLm9yZw%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-f3641b7885e0ea11a813002248070f4c-f2c13568c6fd480ca...

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Culture Recovery Funds Grants Second Round

Culture Recovery Funds Grants Second Round

20th December 2020

…And if you still need some funds try this… https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/culture-recovery-fund-grants-second-round#section-1...

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UK's Furlough Scheme To Be Extended

UK's Furlough Scheme To Be Extended

18th December 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced today (17 December) that the UK's furlough scheme will be extended for an extra month until the end of April 2021. Under the furlough scheme, employees placed on leave receive 80% of their pay, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. Businesses will also be given until the end of March 2021 to access the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, Coronavirus Business Int...

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Insurance for pandemic in the future

Insurance for pandemic in the future

17th December 2020

This seems to be top of everybody’s list for consideration.  Will we go ahead without insurance?  How will we cover such things as complete closure if government decide that the pandemic has overtaken us again? In association with AIF, EIF, LIVE and many other organisations we have made major approaches to MPs, Ministers and parliament to try and get government interested in und...

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AFO Members Online Meeting

AFO Members Online Meeting

17th December 2020

All AFO members are welcome to join our next AFO Members Online Meeting - Thursday 6.30pm 14th January 2021   We provide an update on relevant news & information of what is going on in the events world & members will also have the opportunity to talk, listen, report & debate any issues. We are extremely delighted to welcome guest speaker, Jamie Njoku...

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