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General Election 2017: Is your candidate For The Arts?

National Campaign for the Arts has produced a prompt sheet which suggests three questions to ask your Parliamentary candidates, to gauge how knowledgeable and committed they are to issues facing the arts in the UK.

As their Chair, Samuel West, says, “The National Campaign for the Arts is fully focused on enabling arts audiences and participants to better understand and advocate for the vital role public funding plays in making the UK a world leader in arts and culture.

Crackdown on ticket touts

Professor Waterson is heard at last!  Crackdown on ticket touts as the government ban bulk buying and re-selling has at last happened.  The work of Professor Waterson and colleagues at UK Music has finally come home. The Guardian published the following report:

Ticket touts face unlimited fines for using 'bots' to buy in bulk

Potential festival venue in London

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority have been in contact with the AFO office and they say:
 
"Are you looking for a new outdoor space for your events with great transport links to Central London? Lee Valley Regional Park Authority owns 26 miles of parkland spanning from Ware in Hertfordshire down to the River Thames. Within the park, there are a selection of 11 designated event spaces available for event organisers to host their events. To name a few, these spaces include:
 

Red diesel call for evidence

Do you or any of your contractors use red diesel? If so, HM Treasury would like your views:
 
"As you may have seen, at Spring Budget 2017 the government announced that it would publish a call for evidence on the use of red diesel. This call for evidence is an information gathering exercise and is designed to improve the data sources available to government about red diesel use.
 

Who said CDs are dead?

With the enormous rise of streaming, downloading etc. there were some in the industry who thought that the CD business was on its way out.  Well it certainly may be slowing down, but it hasn’t dented the business of Proper Music at the Gateway Business Centre, London.

Drew Hill, Managing Director of Proper Music Distribution Limited, has now announced that Topic Records has come under his management and as the company move into a new, vast warehouse for their ever-expanding business, he sees CDs holding their own.

Look up, look out – Think electricity!

With the weather warming up, many outdoor types will be looking to pitch their tent in the countryside or set out on the open road in their caravan.

Whether it be for a holiday or to wile away the weekend at a music festival, safety experts at UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to the East of England, London and the South East, are warning campers to ‘Look out and look up’ before setting up camp to make sure they are not near any overhead electricity lines.

The Lords discuss licensing committees

After several years of working with the new licensing act first introduced in 2003, the House of Lords are now discussing how licensing committees actually work at local authority level.

AFO has consulted with advisors at Westminster who tell us “Planning and Licensing was discussed by a Lords Select Committee and put into a report.  It is not a government proposal, however, government would normally respond in due course to the report, outlining if it is in agreement or not with the recommendations.” 

No pyrotechnics at festivals

Don’t panic, organisers of events and professional firework people still allowed.  This is a revision to Section 134 in the Police and Crime Act 2017 now referring to the possession of pyrotechnic articles at musical events.

AFO is delighted that this has been extended from sports to the events industry. The revision is now in place.

However, what about lantern parades?  Perhaps the insurance industry can give some thought to this and consider what now!

Steve Heap, General Secretary of AFO

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