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The Coronavirus - COVID-19

Cancelled AFO events and others 2020 - information HERE

AFO member festivals are run by a proud and dedicated bunch of organisers.  The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed us all to the limit, but we will not give up.
Some on this Festival list will still happen on their 2020 dates, others have shifted from early season to later in the year.  Sadly, many have had to make the brave decision to just move into 2021.

This list, true at the time of publication, shows who is on and when.  Most are AFO member festivals, others are about to join this ever-growing association.

When you plan to visit a festival, always check the event’s website for latest information before setting out to enjoy (this year changes are happening very quickly).
For now, please support your favourite festivals, offer help if you can and don’t forget the AFO ticket swap agreement for any events still taking place this year or indeed for 2021.

Lots of useful links:

AFO is part of UK Live Music Group and represents our corner to HM government through this very powerful and influential group.  See HERE 
In particular this group has the ear of DCMS.  We are meeting in conference calls regularly.
Through the Events Industry Forum (EIF), which AFO chairs, is a group of 26 event industry professional associations.  This body also has a strong and influential voice through the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Home Office.
AFO will not give direct advice on which you can act.  However, you may take the information or advice offered and use it if you wish by your own choice.

Click on the following for more helpful information and possible funding:
Best summary of the support being offered to business, workers and the self-employed HERE
Chancellor's report 26 March 2020 HERE

Arts Council England

Business Support
Help Musicians
Musician's Union
Music Venue Trust
PRS for Music
PRS Foundation
Further Government information
Welsh Government

Do be aware that the situation regarding the virus changes by the hour.  Keep up-to-date and follow HM government guidance.
This is not a party-political issue, this is the human race and its social economic survival against the virus.
If you have major questions that are concerning your own business, festival, career, promotion, management or agency it is very likely that AFO has direct contact with someone who can advise.  Be it the Association or the government department.

AFO is available to channel correspondence where necessary.  This should not stop you and your organisation speaking directly to your own union or association or government department.  We will not always reply to you personally but can forward your question or concern to the right place.

Now is the time your membership of the appropriate association is very important.
Festivals or events - you should be an AFO member
Musicians - you should be a member of Musician’s Union (MU)
Promoters, Agents or Managers - you should be member of the Agents Assocation
“Techies” - you should be a member of Production Services Association (PSA) 

Together we shall win.  Keep safe and good luck.

Steve Heap
General Secretary. AFO and Chairman EIF

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, consumer contracts, cancellation and refunds

There are a wide range of contracts that have been affected due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic....
Published on: 14th May 2020

Furlough Scheme Extended to 31 October 2020

Are you or you staff furloughed by your festival?...
Published on: 14th May 2020

Useful letter templates when writing to local MPs

Some members may find these guide letters useful in writing to your MP to explain your circumstances....
Published on: 1st May 2020

DCMS are looking for your views

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has created a survey to understand the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak...
Published on: 28th April 2020

Processing Refunds for Charity Events

HMRC has produced new guidance that allows charities to treat payments for cancelled events as donations provided that the person who paid for the ticket to the event...
Published on: 21st April 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

– Open for applications today...
Published on: 21st April 2020

DCMS Select Committee launches inquiry on impact of Coronavirus on all sectors under DCMS’s remit

In particular, the Committee is interested in finding out:...
Published on: 16th April 2020

UK Music urges Chancellor to plug gaps in support for self-employed

Tom Kiehl, acting chief executive officer, UK Music, has written about the gaps UK Music feels have appeared within Government support for the self-employed impacted by coronavirus....
Published on: 16th April 2020

Various updates

- Change to the Furloughed Workers Rules - Reassurances over Furlough Payments - Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme...
Published on: 16th April 2020

Roundup of some of the information, grants and guidance from HM Gov

Some you will find useful, others may not apply to you (but have a read .. in your spare time )...
Published on: 6th April 2020

If your festival is in Wales

In these unbelievable times we sometimes get a glimmer of hope. Often left out of major decisions WALES can feel, well, left out....
Published on: 31st March 2020

Treasury Select Committee’s request for more information

in response to the Chancellor's most recent statement on support for the self-employed....
Published on: 27th March 2020

Members, Friends, Musicians, Techies and Festival Supporters

The chancellor has recognised the value that you return to the social and economic life of the UK....
Published on: 26th March 2020

New HMRC helpline launched

New HMRC helpline launched to help businesses concerned about paying their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19)...
Published on: 18th March 2020


UK Music Acting CEO Tom Kiehl calls on the Prime Minister to deliver “urgent clarity” over the impact of the coronavirus clampdown on music events....
Published on: 16th March 2020

COVID-19 - AFO update

Published on: 13th March 2020

Coronavirus update

Sensible advice from PSA and EIF...
Published on: 5th March 2020

The current COVID-19 outbreak

Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak...
Published on: 2nd March 2020

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