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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 recen...

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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 immersi...

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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 inf...

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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 (Jul...

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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 s...

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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 theatres...

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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 to...

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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 cashflow fore...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 Dhabi As 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 ev...

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Industry Internship/Externship Query

Industry Internship/Externship Query

16th December 2021

University student, Erika Jakovlevaite is looking for experience within the events industry. She is looking to see and learn more about how the industry works as well as gaining some experience in the technological side of preparing concerts and live performances. Paid work is not a requirement. If you or someone you know can offer internship or externships (job shadowing), please get in tou...

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Aberdare Choir Festival

Aberdare Choir Festival

16th December 2021

Aberdare Choir Festival is a Town Choir festival based in Aberdare, south Wales. The Event is due to take place in July 2022 and will gender a whole town involvement. The festival requires a company to take on the organisational side of the event. If you are interested or require more information, please email [email protected]

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SECURITY STAFF /Covid Cert checking

SECURITY STAFF /Covid Cert checking

16th December 2021

An updated version of the guidance for workers in the security industry has been published. This contains important Q&As on situations where staff are required to ask customers for their Covid Pass or proof of vaccination. The guidance is that any staff member can check a Covid Pass or proof of vaccination, a person would need a SIA license to stop a person entering the premises if they tr...

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Update Following the PM's Press Conference

Update Following the PM's Press Conference

16th December 2021

Guidance Please find below links to newly published guidance on using the COVID Pass for: Citizens Businesses Workforce This supplements the guidance already shared with you outlining which venues must carry out mandatory certification, equivalent forms of proof, and how to operate the scheme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/carrying-out-mandatory-covid-19-status-checks-at-your-v...

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EVENT RESEARCH PROGRAMME REPORT arrives at last.

EVENT RESEARCH PROGRAMME REPORT arrives at last.

14th December 2021

The full banana is very long but some of you may want to read it. Follow the link. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/events-research-programme-phase-ii-and-iii-findings Others may prefer just this press release. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-publishes-final-events-research-programme-reports  ...

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KS Research

KS Research

14th December 2021

AT LAST, THE RESEARCH For the last two years AFO has been searching for a partner to work on festival research.  There has been for many years now a great deal of speculation about how many festivals there actually are in the UK.  On the basis that AFO represents mostly music festivals we concluded from a variety of resources that 975 music festivals in a normal year, the last being 201...

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Latest Advice - Covid 19 Restrictions

Latest Advice - Covid 19 Restrictions

14th December 2021

The latest advice. I attended a meeting this morning, (13 Dec) organised by LIVE, at which Tom Rodden, the science advisor to DCMS, briefed us on the implications of the current measures being taken to combat the spread of the Omicron variant.  Although there is still much for the scientists to understand about this new variant, Tom said that they expect to have real clarity on the ris...

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AFO General Secretary Writes.  Friday 10 December

AFO General Secretary Writes. Friday 10 December

14th December 2021

Since I last wrote (22 November) we have had howling gales, torrential rain, and even more snow here at AFO Towers. Many of the usual subject have been popping up yet again with a few new ones as follows: 24 November - I was pleased to be invited to attend AFO member Ju Gosling’s Together, which was similar to a­­ conference online with particular reference to accessibility.&nb...

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