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Tramlines viewpoint in Stand Out Magazine

Tramlines viewpoint in Stand Out Magazine

Kate Hewett, head of bookings for Tramlines, and AIF member, discusses how the history and geography of a city affects its events scene in the latest issue of Stand Out Magazine. 2016 sees the 8th instalment of the Sheffield based inner-city festival which has seen it’s main stage moved to a new site in recent years. Hewett talks about the…

Organising a Festival? How To Write A Health & Safety Plan

Organising a Festival? How To Write A Health & Safety Plan

Festival organisers have a huge amount of responsibility when it comes to event health and safety, particularly with the changes in legislation last year known as CDM 2015. Our resources area contains lots of useful resources including a new guide on How to Write an Event Safety Plan from Event Safety Plan.

Events Industry Forum Grants Available

Events Industry Forum Grants Available

The Event Industry Forum has recently announced they’ll be offering a further £13,000 in grants for projects that benefit the events industry. Previous successful grants include- – Bursaries for four event students to attend the Association of Festival Organisers’ conference (£2000) – Penny Mellor for development of the Event Welfare Guide – now published alongside the Purple Guide (£2000) -…

Budget Announcement and Impact on Business Rates for Festival Sites

Budget Announcement and Impact on Business Rates for Festival Sites

AIF, working alongside a wider coalition of the live industry, has been involved in lobbying the Treasury on the subject of business rates for festivals and events sites. We strongly believe that such rates should not apply to such temporary, ancillary uses of land and that this change of practice essentially amounts to a stealth tax for festival organisers. In…

ID&C Announce 2016 Grass Roots Bursary

ID&C Announce 2016 Grass Roots Bursary

Friend of AIF and festival accreditation supplier ID&C, have just launched their 6th annual Grass Roots Festival Bursary, which sees small-to-medium UK festivals apply for the chance to receive £2500 worth of security wristbands, passes and lanyards. Apply for the Bursary here: http://www.idcband.com/grass-roots More than 60 festivals applied for last year’s bursary, which is open to any UK festival that…

New Government Legislation Announced to Protect Live Music Venues

New Government Legislation Announced to Protect Live Music Venues

The music industry has welcomed the new Government legislation to protect music venues with open arms and a big bear hug, following a meeting with Ministers at the Department For Communities And Local Government and Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP. The new (common sense) regulations coming into effect on April 6, 2016 mean developers are now required to seek prior…

Final Speakers and Schedule Announced for Festival Futures

Final Speakers and Schedule Announced for Festival Futures

With less than a month to go before the first Festival Futures Conferences kick off in Brighton and Manchester, AIF have released the final speaker lineup and full conference schedule. The final speakers announced include Katy Mcleod (Chill Welfare), Sean McLoughlin (Metal/Village Green Festival), Adrian Tinsen and Gavin Bull (HM Inspectors of Health & Safety). Tickets for each event include entry to…

Festival Vision:2025 Pledge

Festival Vision:2025 Pledge

The Festival Vision: 2025 aims to achieve a 50% reduction in festival-related annual GHG emissions by 2025. So far the AIF festivals who have signed up to the pledge include Bestival, Shambala, Splore, Just So Festival, Starry Skies alongside quite a few festivals outside the AIF membership. Powerful Thinking is aiming to get up to 100 festivals to sign up…

The Great Escape 2016

The Great Escape 2016

Hundreds of artists have been announced for this year’s Great Escape Festival taking place in Brighton from the 19th-21st May. Recently announced artists include The Joy Formidable, Craig David’s TS5, The Hunna, Clean Cut Kid and The Rubens. Topics announced for the convention so far include CMU Insights strand- ‘Transparency! Data! Blockchain! Let’s make buzzwords happen!‘, ‘What if YouTube actually…

Attitude Is Everything Release State Of Access Report

Attitude Is Everything Release State Of Access Report

Attitude is Everything published its third State of Access Report last week, which provides an overview of UK live music accessibility and the barriers that disabled music fans are facing at gigs and festivals. The report follows the launch of Access Starts Online which AIF launched as a joint initiative with AIE at the Festival Congress in 2015. The state…

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