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New Roots 2012

NEW ROOTS 2012 An air of expectation hung in the air at the Trestle Arts Centre, St Albans on Sunday 22nd April as the time drew closer to the finals of the 12th New Roots competition for singers and musicians under the age of twenty five.
This year’s judges, Vicki Swan & Johnny Dyer, Lynne Heraud and Andy Stafford, were judging the finalists on technical skill, choice of material, arrangements, stage presence, enthusiasm for the music and time-keeping!

Indiana Stage Collapse Reports

Reports into the tragedy at the Indiana State Fair last summer have been published. Follow the link for further information: http://www.in.gov/sfc/2343.htm Recommendations include the following: Entertainment structures should be designed by a licensed design professional with experience in the design and evaluation of temporary entertainment structures with complex loading configurations. Analysis should be performed for the engineered structure and for the establishment of highly specific rigging rules and limitations for its use. For productions that do

Do you need Cancellation Insurance?

Are you planning events featuring named artists orspeakers - could you be affected by their travel delays?  
What would be the cost to you if they were unable to appear?
Could you be affected by bad weather?
Loss of power?
Strikes?
Would you need to refund tickets?
Do you rely on key artists whose illness would impact your income streams?
Do you use a ticket seller? They require proof of

Summer Networking

See you in the Bar! Most of us spend much of the Summer at Festivals, and as networking is a key part of AFO, we're looking to start informal AFO meetups at events throughout Summer. Just let us know which festivals you'll be at and we'll add the dates and times of the meetups to the website in June. Don't forget the AFO Ticket Swap scheme where AFO Members can choose to offer complimentary or discounted tickets to other members for festivals, events or workshops. It is a great way to visit other activities and see how other people do it. Looking forward to some interesting discussions!

Funding for Literature Initiatives

 Funding To Support Poetry and Literature Initiatives for Young People

The Clore Duffield Foundation has launched a new £1 million programme to fund poetry and literature initiatives for children and young people across the UK. The programme is due to run from 2011 to 2015 with two funding rounds a year. The programme is open to arts/cultural organisations as well as community groups, schools and libraries. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to support participatory learning projects and programmes focused on literature, poetry and

Women Make Music Opens for Applications

Women Make Music Opens for Applications (UK)
The PRS for Music Foundation has announced that its Women Make Music grant scheme is now open for applications. The second year of Women Make Music comes after a successful pilot programme in 2011. Through the programme, financial support of up to £5000 is available to women musicians; and new music in any genre is welcome, from classical, jazz and experimental, to acoustic, electronica and pop.

Temporary Stage Structures

Over the last year there have sadly been collapses of temporary stage structures in the USA and in Europe which have resulted in fatalities and numerous injuries. The reasons why these failures have taken place have not yet been published, although initially wind has been reported as a possible contributory cause. The types of temporary structures which have been involved appear to be similar to those which may be used in the UK. SCOSS has just published an Alert; “Temporary stage structures”, about the possible risks and it is aimed at those who may commission or

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