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Green Goblet  supply reusable cups to festivals

Green Goblet supply reusable cups to festivals

5th April 2021

GREEN GOBLET is supporting AFO, supporting your festival and supporting the Planet “ You use it, We wash it, You use it again “ For many, British Summertime is the perfect excuse to dust off the tent and wellies and head to a music festival. After Covid-19 hit us all in March 2020, life for the Festival industry came to an abrupt halt, and for many the long wait for the summer ...

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Fresh Wave Of Grant Funding Launched

Fresh Wave Of Grant Funding Launched

2nd April 2021

Fresh wave of grant funding launched as councils are called on to do their bit to continue supporting businesses New grant scheme launches today as ministers issue call to council leaders. Hard-pressed businesses across the economy will receive fresh support from the new £5 billion Restart Grants scheme launching today (1 April), as the government on councils to get funds to business...

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Crucial Survey To Help Festivals Survive

Crucial Survey To Help Festivals Survive

1st April 2021

CRUCIAL SURVEY TO HELP FESTIVALS SURVIVE   The UK's Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment is carrying out a short survey - #ReviveLive Music Survey - about people's live music habits before Covid-19, and about their plans to return to live entertainment when things reopen.   The survey should only take a few minutes to complete, and by...

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Council Creates Top Up Grant Funding For Events Businesses

Council Creates Top Up Grant Funding For Events Businesses

29th March 2021

Event businesses are being urged to bang on their local authority’s door and ask for further funding. Following many hours in conversation with Swale Borough Council, which is Stand Out magazine’s own local authority, the council now has a greater understanding of the plight faced by event businesses. And, as a result, has since launched a Top Up Grant to help those companies that d...

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What does the Spring Roadmap Mean For Our Industry?

What does the Spring Roadmap Mean For Our Industry?

29th March 2021

So this is what you can do… TIC Roadmap Q&As (3).pdf...

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MP’s debate Events insurance… the match was a draw!!

MP’s debate Events insurance… the match was a draw!!

24th March 2021

MP’s debate Events insurance… the match was a draw!! Culture minister Caroline Dinenage was resolute in toeing the party line even in the face of overwhelming evidence. MPs Steve Brine and Kevin Brennan led the charge  with Jamie Stone MP opening the debate with a broadside shot. Others joined in but were unable to (visually )convince the minister that the gov backed insurance...

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Culture Recovery Fund 1 - USE IT NOW

Culture Recovery Fund 1 - USE IT NOW

24th March 2021

If you were lucky enough to secure a Culture Recovery Fund 1 Grant from ACE you started out needing to use it by 31 March. If you applied for an extension then you must report it by 30 June. If you didn't your reporting should now be on Grantium by 31 March or you could end up losing the last 10%. Do it now....

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Ecolibrium launches Travel Carbon Calculator app for live music industry

Ecolibrium launches Travel Carbon Calculator app for live music industry

23rd March 2021

As festivals and tours prepare for a post-pandemic restart, ecolibrium has launched an app to help artists and events tackle travel impacts today. Leaders across the industry, including Music Declares Emergency founders and Bluedot festival organisers, are amongst the first to champion the new App. The new, free to download app, has been designed to allow everyone working in live events to c...

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You Can Visit A Business Event Venue After The 29th March

You Can Visit A Business Event Venue After The 29th March

22nd March 2021

BVEP (in which AFO has representation) have confirmed that following representation and discussions with DCMS and The Cabinet Office, it has been agreed that after March 29, when the stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, visiting a business event venue i.e. festival site for the purpose of viewing the venue for future use will be allowed even if the venue is otherwise closed at this time. It&rs...

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Covid Status Certification Review Call For Evidence

Covid Status Certification Review Call For Evidence

22nd March 2021

Hotly debated now have your say. By 29th March. The government is reviewing whether COVID-status certification could play a role in reopening the economy, reducing restrictions on social contact and improving safety. COVID-status certification refers to the use of testing or vaccination data to confirm in different settings that individuals have a lower risk of getting sick with or trans...

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Planning your festival and need unique suppliers at the top of their game then Feast-It can  help.

Planning your festival and need unique suppliers at the top of their game then Feast-It can help.

19th March 2021

Summer 2021 is hopefully going to be the best yet! Festivals are coming back, and crowds are going to be ready for a party like never before.  If you're in the throes of planning your festival and need unique suppliers at the top of their game, Feast-It can help. They work with quality suppliers and offer complete management, including curation, documentation, payments, logistics, on-s...

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AFO Survey

AFO Survey

19th March 2021

AFO recently surveyed Membership to discover capacities and results of CRF 1 and 2. We also asked what the most important thing was that the government could assist festivals with to help us get moving again. The results are as follows (approx. 39% of membership replied): AFO members play to approximately 1,138,115 customers each year. The total amount of money from CRF collected was £...

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eat:Festivals are celebrating after being awarded the top spot at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Award

eat:Festivals are celebrating after being awarded the top spot at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Award

19th March 2021

A bit of good news from the eat:Festivals team Local event organisers eat:Festivals are celebrating after being awarded the top spot at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards on Thursday afternoon. The virtual awards event brought together over 50 businesses to celebrate the best of the region.  eat:Portishead food & drink festival was awarded Gold in the To...

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Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest's Open Call To All Event Organisers

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest's Open Call To All Event Organisers

19th March 2021

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest are putting out an open call to all event organisers inviting them to submit a proposal for an event at Bedgebury They are looking for an event: • to take place during the gap in our events calendar between February – October • is financially sustainable. Ideally, they would like to gain direct income, but they will consider event p...

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General Secretary Writes - March 2021 part 2

General Secretary Writes - March 2021 part 2

18th March 2021

Hello and I hope you are all safe and well and looking forward to whatever we can salvage out of the 2021 season.  I know that some have already cancelled, others have moved dates into the latter part of the season and for some ticket sales are very good.  There’s quite a variety out there.  I wish you all good luck in whichever you choose to do, and I will give you as much in...

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Digital Green Passport

Digital Green Passport

18th March 2021

We left …now they have got one!!! Digital Green Passport the European Commission has launched a proposal for a Regulation on the Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19. ...

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Pilot Updates from DCMS

Pilot Updates from DCMS

18th March 2021

What? No’ live’ pilot!!!! Pilot Updates from DCMS ‘We have so far only announced that the F.A cup final at Wembley stadium on May 15, and the world snooker championships at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield, which conclude on May 3, will be pilot events. The pilots will not be just sporting events and we have supplemented these via our partnership with Liverpool City Council ...

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More news on applying for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

More news on applying for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

17th March 2021

You might qualify – you need to ask your local authority NOW 66 Councils who have given out Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to those without Business Premises (it was 17, then 34, then 42, not it’s 66 and rising) Some of those councils’ grants may have closed but are still good examples to quote to other councils, of what they did.  Others may still be open to appl...

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Facts And Figures Needed To Fight Our Corner

Facts And Figures Needed To Fight Our Corner

11th March 2021

"Oh no!  Not more questions" said the AFO Member. "I totally agree" said the General Secretary. I am asked questions every day by DCMS, ACE, PR Companies, The Press and Researchers. Please would you help me "keep the pot boiling" by giving me some figures, thoughts and ideas. We have climbed a mountain of ignorance and bureaucracy and turned it into a...

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Festivals & Events: Interpreting the Roadmap

Festivals & Events: Interpreting the Roadmap

10th March 2021

As part of Symphotech’s Recover & Reopen programme, Eddy Grant, Director of Safety & Professor of Professional Practice at University of Cumbria, interprets the implications of the government’s roadmap for reopening the festivals & events sector. Recorded 8th March 2021. AFO Members can view this presentation and download the worksheets via our resource section: https...

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