LIVE Newsletter – 28.07.23

28.07.2023.

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HAC criticises draft Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill 

The Home Affairs Select Committee (HAC) this week published a report criticising many elements of the Government’s draft Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill after a period of pre-legislative scrutiny. LIVE shares many of the concerns set out by the Committee and has noted that:

– The draft legislation has been rushed through pre-legislative scrutiny stage and lacks any thorough impact assessment which risks leaving the Bill in a sub-optimal state.
– There is the absence of consideration of the role of the existing licensing regime in
preventing terrorism and protecting the public.
– The powers to serve restriction notices or to impose civil penalties are not proportionate or necessary and pose existential risk to the sector, particularly for smaller venues.

Jon Collins, CEO of LIVE: “We welcome the Home Affairs Committee’s report which vindicates our members’ view that the draft Bill is both impractical and, through the excessive penalties it proposes, would create existential risk for live music venues, and could lead to events and festivals leaving the UK. LIVE’s members fully support the original purpose of the Bill to better protect audiences but, in its current form, it will fail to do this while also placing disproportionate burdens on venues of all sizes around the country. The Government must now urgently redesign the Bill to ensure it is workable, ensures venues can continue to put on shows, and crucially delivers greater reassurance and safety for concertgoers.”.

Have your say on a new sustainability chapter for the Purple Guide 

With weather playing an ever more disruptive role in our programme of outdoor events, it is very timely that Vision: 2025 has been commissioned by the Event Industry Forum’s (EIF) Purple Grants Fund, to write a new chapter of the Purple Guide on Environmental Sustainability for events. The new chapter is intended to provide basic level guidance on best practice for event organisers on environmental sustainability at live outdoor events and signpost to resources to support event organisers while serving as a reference for local authorities and other stakeholders.

A draft has been prepared by an industry working group and is available to the industry for comment until Friday 1st September. Feedback will be reviewed in September and the chapter will be published on Wednesday 18th October 2023. Download the draft and share your feedback.

LIVE Insights looks to provide a base to measure future trends around freelancers 

LIVE, in partnership with The Back Lounge, Power of Events and Handle Freelance Solutions have identified the need for more robust data about freelancers and their experiences within the live music sector. Our research will begin with a survey, written in consultation with freelancers, to create an industry snapshot of how people are feeling and to provide guidance on typical rates. The key objectives of the research and report are to provide a voice to freelancers, provide insight that improves the freelancer experience, support pay transparency and showcase the music industry as a destination for freelancers.

In a call out to industry, Suzi Green from The Back Lounge said “With most of us encouraged to stay quiet on our day rates, with fluctuations post-pandemic and a downward economy, we’re all being squeezed. We’re putting together an anonymous survey to find out what so-called ‘going rates’ really are.” If you work regularly with freelancers or are a freelancer yourself, please get in touch with LIVE’s Head of Partnerships, Gaby (gaby@livemusic.biz), if you’d like to get involved.

LIVE Workforce hears from more inspiring organisations 

Continuing its great work under new chair, Charisse Beaumont of Black Lives in Music, LIVE Workforce heard this week from two more inspiring organisations seeking to unleash potential and unlock doors in the creative industries.

Off The Record runs a series of events across Scotland (with a focus on hard to reach sections of society) for young musicians and those who want to work in the industry. It is open to anyone aged16-25, and is designed to equip young people with music business knowledge, information and skills to help them forge a career in music.

Small Green Shoots creates pathways for disadvantaged young people, giving them access to the music and creative industries through paid training programmes and secondment programmes with industry partners. Focusing in on ethnically diverse and low income households, Small Green Shoots aims to nurture careers, support artists and generate networks.

Commenting for LIVE, Gaby Cartwright said, “One of LIVE Workforce’s key objectives is to give a platform to exactly these sorts of programmes and initiatives. We would encourage anyone in the live music industry with an interest in developing young careers to check them out and get involved”.

LIVE Awards 2023: nominations open, tickets still available

With nominations now open and table sales ongoing, preparations for The LIVE Awards 2023 are well underway. Building on a sell out inaugural event, this December’s awards are sure to be another spectacular evening of celebration, networking and recognition of excellence in the field and at the venue.

Nominations are open through to 13 October and categories will be judged by a diverse, closed and anonymous panel of industry professionals. Each entry will be considered on its own merits, to ensure that the awards are a true reflection of business excellence in live music.

The LIVE Awards celebrates the end of the year in the UK’s live music business and raises funds to support our work. Now recognised as the UK live music industry’s end of year party, LIVE expects 600 guests to attend this year. With free drinks, a five-star dinner and after party, another great night will be had by all. Sign up for a table or individual tickets here.

INDUSTRY ORGANISATION UPDATES

PiPA enables parents, carers and employers to achieve a successful change in attitude resulting in a more inclusive workforce. They need your help by completing the Balancing Act survey detailing your work life balance within the performing arts sector. PiPA would like to hear from everyone, whether you are a parent, a carer or neither so they can advocate for better resources and work-life balance for all of us. Please complete the survey and share!

Future-focused music business conference FastForward is back in London for its11th edition, with an expanded two-day programme taking place across 19 and 20 September 2023. The conference is on a mission to generate deeper discussions, more actionable outcomes and ultimately develop a healthier, more vibrant, more inclusive music industry. Tickets available here and more information about FastForward can be found here.

Act Green 2023: Find out what your audiences and visitors think about the climate crisis.Get involved in a new FREE sector wide audience survey, being run by audience and visitor specialists Indigo Ltd this July and sponsored by Supercool.Building on the 2022 results, Act Green is designed to help cultural organisations find out what audiences and visitors think about the climate crisis, and what role they think organisations should be playing. You get real time access to your results, while contributing to a benchmark data set for the whole sector to use. The results will be shared in a webinar in early September. Find out more or register to take part: indigo-ltd.com/actgreen.

MEMBER UPDATES

ABO are hiring! The Association of British Orchestras is looking for a Membership and Operations Manager (maternity cover). The Membership and Operations Manager (maternity cover) has a key role in delivering the ABO’s refreshed strategy, and embedding an inclusive approach to the delivery of programmes and member services, including our popular national conference in January 2024. Closing Date for applications: noon, Friday 11th August, for more information please visit their website.

AFO – Please email info@festivalorganisers.org if you would like to be included in their newsletter distribution list as they are reviewing the distribution list. 
– Please Save the Date for the AFO 2024 conference on 10 February 2024.


FAC updates:
FAC and Amazon Music unveil the 2023 Step Up Fund awardees, as 12 new artists join the programme.
– The FAC and MMF’s #LetTheMusicMove campaign responds to the rethink from the US Department of Homeland Security regarding US visa fees for touring artists.
– The FAC’s petition to “Let artists keep their merch money” nears 2500 signatures.
FAC‘s Artist and Manager Awards 2023 – Save the Date, 23 November 2023! The Artist & Manager Awards remains a truly unique event and is a wonderful opportunity to shine a combined light on both the talent of UK artists and those who support them behind the scenes.
The FAC are asking FAC and MMF members, plus partners, to nominate artists and managers who they think would be worthy of recognition and can be done here.

PLASA Show – free registration now open! The world of live entertainment technology will once again convene at Olympia London from 3-5 September for PLASA Show 2023. The key international show will connect 200+ exhibitors with 5,000+ visitors, who can now register free until 31 August. PLASA Show features cutting-edge technologies from respected brands spanning pro audio, stage lighting, audio-visual, staging and rigging. In addition, the three-day event will host 70+ inspiring talks, immersive demos and practical training sessions, led by some of the industry’s brightest thinkers. Register free:  www.plasashow.com