Response from AIF CEO Paul Reed to the Chancellor's Winter Economy Plan announced today:

Response from AIF CEO Paul Reed to the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan announced today:

24 Sep 2020

Response from AIF CEO Paul Reed to the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan, announced today:   “While the extension to the VAT cut is welcome, these measures are not even a band aid for a sector that remains severely wounded. “Festivals support 85,000 jobs in the UK and our most recent member surveys suggest redundancies of at least 50.5% across the sector, some of which…


AIF welcomes emergency fund eligibility for festivals

29 Jul 2020

  Government and Arts Council England confirm festival inclusion after AIF intervention  The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) welcomes the Government’s confirmation that UK festivals will share in the recently announced £1.57 billion cultural emergency fund. A £500m fund will be distributed to cultural organisations across England during the COVID-19 crisis, with grants ranging between £50,000 and £3 million. The…


AIF warns of Independent festival wasteland in 2021 without Government action

AIF warns of Independent festival wasteland in 2021 without Government action

13 May 2020

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has warned that the UK could face an independent festival wasteland in 2021 and beyond if decisive Government action is not taken to support the sector. The festival sector at large could be facing potential refunds of up to £800m in total this summer. It is predicted that at least 90% of all UK…


COVID-19 Resources for Festival & Event Organisers

COVID-19 Resources for Festival & Event Organisers

17 Mar 2020

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has uploaded it’s bank of COVID-19 resources for all festival and event organisers to access. You can do so here. This will be continually updated as the situation unfolds and will include copies of all communications from Paul Reed, our Chief Exec. We have attached dates to all emails and resources so you can…


A statement from Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) CEO Paul Reed following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's social distancing clampdown relating to the COVID-19 outbreak

A statement from Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) CEO Paul Reed following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s social distancing clampdown relating to the COVID-19 outbreak

17 Mar 2020

“For AIF and its member festivals, the health and safety of the public is a top priority. It is therefore important that the latest medical advice around social gatherings is heeded. “However, AIF echoes wider industry calls for urgent clarity from Government on whether there will be a formal ban on events, when that might come into effect and which…


BLOG - CEO Paul Reed on his Trip to Indonesia with the British Council

BLOG – CEO Paul Reed on his Trip to Indonesia with the British Council

10 Dec 2019

Chief exec Paul Reed visited Indonesia with the British Council in October 2019. Here’s a reflection on his trip. I represented the UK’s Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) on a recent trip to Bali and Jakarta, supported by the British Council, with the aim of scoping out potential collaborative opportunities and networks between Indonesia and the UK. In addition, I…


AIF to offer members mental health first aid training through Music Support partnership

AIF to offer members mental health first aid training through Music Support partnership

07 Nov 2019

The Association of Independent Festivals has partnered with Music Support – a peer-led music industry charity that provides confidential mental health and addiction services – to offer its members discounted training in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). The partnership was announced today at the AIF’s 2019 Festival Congress, building upon a ‘Well-being For Festivals’ training event that AIF organised for…


Independent Festival Awards 2019 winners revealed

Independent Festival Awards 2019 winners revealed

06 Nov 2019

Awards ceremony follows first day of AIF’s 2019 Festival Congress in Sheffield.   Winners include Standon Calling, Deer Shed Festival, Twisterella and KOKOKO! across eight categories including four new this year  The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced the winners of the Independent Festival Awards 2019 at a packed-out event in Sheffield. Hosted for the first time by actor,…


AIF publishes updated UK festival ownership map for 2019

AIF publishes updated UK festival ownership map for 2019

06 Nov 2019

The Association of Independent Festivals has today launched an updated festival ownership map at its annual Festival Congress event in Sheffield. The map shows several shifts in the sector in 2019, revealing that almost 30% of the UK market is controlled by transnational companies Live Nation and AEG presents. AIF’s 2019 ownership map illustrates that Live Nation owns or controls 22.81% of…


Independent Festival Awards 2019 shortlist revealed

Independent Festival Awards 2019 shortlist revealed

07 Oct 2019

Four new categories including ‘European Festival of the Year’, ‘Backstage Hero’ and ‘In On The Ground floor’ Actor, writer and comedian Thanyia Moore to host Final conference speakers announced including keynote from Owen Kingston, Artistic Director of immersive theatre company Parabolic Theatre Tickets on sale now: festivalcongress.com The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Independent…


AIF announces full conference programme for Festival Congress 2019

AIF announces full conference programme for Festival Congress 2019

02 Sep 2019

Legendary rock photographer Jill Furmanovsky, Rob da Bank’s A-Z Of Festivals podcast with Deershed, Arcadia Spectacular, Sensoria, Rewilding Britain, Extinction Rebellion and more In partnership with Energy Revolution, Festival Congress set to be first travel carbon-neutral events industry conference Today we have announced further details for the 2019 edition of our flagship Festival Congress event in Sheffield on November 6-…


AIF announces Wellbeing for Festivals Training Day

AIF announces Wellbeing for Festivals Training Day

29 Jul 2019

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) are pleased to announce our Wellbeing for Festivals Training Day – a small scale event covering a wide variety of wellbeing and welfare issues relating to staff and audiences. This event will cover topics including mental health, emotional support, disability, accessibility  and sexual safety through a combination of quick-fire talks and more in-depth workshops….