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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

Artists or atmosphere?

The above are some of the reasons that are coming across from festival organisers as to why they are successful, or indeed why they are failing. In the current economic climate it would be easy just to blame that situation. But is it perhaps the festival scene is far too big, have we become overwhelmed with alternatives? Can we see the same artists at 10 different festivals each year? How do our customers choose which one to go to? Is it the way we manage the festivals, should we never have started on those dates, in that place? Why do we start them?

HSE - Concern for your Safety

At recent meetings it has been revealed that the Health & Safety Executive have been undertaking inspections of various festival and event sites to check safety of people working at height, working with forklift trucks and cranes, delivering and collecting heavy equipment. In the main, they have declared major events in the last twelve months have been in pretty good order and although they still have some concerns for the safety of people working in the industry, they feel that we take safety very seriously and have come out pretty well.

Event Production Awards : Entry Open Now

The Event Production Awards 2013 The Event Production Awards 2013 will take place on Tuesday 5th February at the London Lancaster Hotel.

Following the success of the 2012 Event Production Awards, its new hosts Mash Media, are looking forward to hosting and celebrating the very best in the world of events.

Whether you supply to outdoor or indoor events, large or small, or if you are a sole supplier or part of a national company, the Event Production Awards want to know why you should be hailed as the event industry’s top supplier in your category.

HSE Cost of Interventions:What It Means For Us

The Health & Safety Executives cost of intervention (FFI) and what it means for Event Organisers
For those who might still not yet be aware, a cost recovery scheme known as Fee For Intervention (FFI) will came into effect on 1stOctober 2012.
These are fees which can be charged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the principal enforcement body for matters relating to health and safety in the workplace in the UK (under that general heading of law).

Networking at the Showman's Show


Star Events Group (SEG) and OneBigStar (OBS) are teaming up for this year’s Showmans Show, Newbury Showground, October 17th  and 18th, to create a unique turnkey solution, for event organisers, at the outdoor event industry’s premier showcase.

Leading creative event production company OBS and the UK’s most recognised staging supplier SEG will be co-hosting The Star Bar, stand 194, avenue C.