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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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What are they doing with the £258 million left in the Culture Recovery Fund?

What are they doing with the £258 million left in the Culture Recovery Fund?

16th December 2020

What are they doing with the £258 million left in the CRF ? Well here is a clue. Arts Council England has been in touch regarding the final rounds of the Culture Recovery Fund.  A round of repayable finance is opening today (15/12), with criteria being posted on the ACE website shortly. It's a £100m round, and applications close on 7 January. The final grants&...

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General Secretary Writes - 15 December 2020

General Secretary Writes - 15 December 2020

15th December 2020

Every time I write a piece of news, have a phone conversation, or drop a couple of emails to bring people up to date in this Covid world we are now in, the news changes within just a few hours. This is true since I last wrote a General Secretary blog back in the middle of November. So much is happening so quickly that it is hard to keep up to date, but I will try. 16 November We held a Key Advi...

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From all of Scotland’s Drive-In producers

From all of Scotland’s Drive-In producers

15th December 2020

Please read, support and share: This Tuesday, 420 creative sector jobs will be lost and 18,000 families who are excited about attending a Drive-In will face an even bleaker winter and Christmas period as the Scottish Government is not allowing Drive-In’s to take place in Tier 3 areas, despite England, Wales and Northern Ireland allowing them currently in far harsher equivalent tiers. D...

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And This Is The Crown Jewels

And This Is The Crown Jewels

13th December 2020

Some of the crown jewels missed out in the first round of CRF. We then asked for support on insurance and this is the current response? They still have £258million to distribute so hold yer breath a bit longer. More than £165 million in repayable finance announced to support major arts and heritage institutions as Culture Fund marks £1 billion milestone...

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APPG for Events holds first meeting after re-establishment

APPG for Events holds first meeting after re-establishment

12th December 2020

On 8 December 2020, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG) held its first meeting following its re-establishment as an official APPG in parliament. Members of parliament from all the major political parties attended the online meeting chaired by the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP. A number of supporting officers were also elected including Mark Menzies MP, Robert Seely MP, Owen Thompso...

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COVID-19 vaccination rollout

COVID-19 vaccination rollout

12th December 2020

The Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Patrick Vallance and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jenny Harries, have given evidence to the Science and Technology and Health and Social Care Committees.  This is the latest official guidance that has been given on the vaccine rollout. Unfortunately, their evidence suggested that the optimism that has re...

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A Message From Your Government To Remind You Of Their New Rules On Serving Alcohol And Food

A Message From Your Government To Remind You Of Their New Rules On Serving Alcohol And Food

12th December 2020

NOW - a message from your government to remind you of their new rules on serving alcohol and food. Read this , run a Christmas quiz or write to your MP suggesting a total UK wide lockdown for the sake of the life of the nation’s people I honestly think two weeks of lockdown would be easier to observe than this lot of complicated  rule and regs. (some of the opinions expressed i...

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