Our good friend Mark Ringwood, Roots Around the World, works very closely to the Arts and Entertainment Task Force, that keeps an eye on government legislation re: UK Border Agency .i.e. you try to bring in an Artist from overseas and you meet a pile of paper, a suit and a good deal of bureaucracy.
ISAN have just launched their new improved outdoor arts website www.isanuk.org, a great place for spotting new talent, ways of doing it and some good links.
Our friends in Wales are keeping us up to date.
'On 1 April the UK Border Agency became a full agency
of the Home Office. This means that we have put in place a Framework
Agreement with the Home Office to define the relationship more formally.
We will now produce our own annual report and accounts and I have
become the Agency's Accounting Officer.
We also published our new three year business plan. Last year we made good progress against our publicised targets and milestones and we have:
It presented a conflict of interest, caused serious difficulties for the festival and has become a lesson hard learnt. The warning is, make sure all the arrangements that are made by phone, email and final contract are actually spelt out in detail, in writing and agreed by all
We are informed by Ofcom that they are simplifying the way that radio systems are licensed and changing their systems to support the radio licensing activity.