Newsletter: LIVE Green showcases work at another excellent GEI!

04.03.2024.

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LIVE Green showcases work at another excellent GEI

The 16th edition of the GEI Conference took place this week and was, once again, packed with inspirational speakers and excellent examples of groundbreaking work in the sustainability space.  LIVE was particularly pleased to see our Chair, LIVE Green, Carol Scott in action as part of a panel to showcase work in development on model sustainability clauses for artists contracts.  The work was very well received, though no one underestimates the follow up work required to embed them into our ways of working.  Keep your eyes peeled for draft clauses that will be put out for comment very soon.

ILMC: LIVE co-chairs International Association Summit

As part of another excellent ILMC, LIVE co-chaired a revamped meeting of international live music associations to discuss areas of common interest and to share good practice.  Participants from Europe, Asia and North America offered their thoughts on challenges and opportunities in live music with a number of common issues identified.  Market dynamics, audience habits, challenges around touring and how we support our teams were all considered.  As a next step, the group plans to share information and innovation and we hope to find other opportunities to meet before we reconvene at ILMC next year. 

A1 Forms: LIVE to meet with Government

With pressure on HMRC being kept up in the Commons and Lords (thanks to interventions by Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Culture Minister, and longstanding friend of LIVE, the Earl of Clancarty).  Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Nigel Huddleston MP, has agreed to meet with us to discuss progress in improving the provision of A1 forms, in particular for self-employed workers in the music industry touring in the European Economic Area.  With artists sometimes seeing nearly half their fee withheld in the absence of a form, it is critical that HMRC gets back to delivering A1s to the expected timescale. 

New EU law to help promoters, managers and agents remove illegal ticket resale listings

The EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA) is now in place across Europe, promising positive change to the world of predatory ticket resale.  Until now the only option available for artists touring Europe to prevent uncapped resale sites from illegally listing tickets was costly legal action, but the DSA requires resale marketplaces to offer a clear complaints system.  This gives promoters, agents and managers the ability to flag tickets that are listed illegally. If complaints are not dealt with quickly, they can be escalated to new regulatory organisations that can enforce the law and fine up to 6% of the marketplace’s annual worldwide turnover.

Sites are also responsible for ensuring that trader details are clearly visible to ticket buyers.  This is already in place in the UK, and has successfully been used to identify and void tickets being traded in contravention of Ts and Cs. ‘Dark patterns’, malicious pop-ups and website features used to encourage quick purchasing of tickets, have also been banned.

The new system is still getting up and running, and full guidance on how to make takedowns will be published on Make Tickets Fair! in due course. This site has been set up by 18 UK and EU live event organisations to improve best practice and consumer awareness. 

LIVE Talks: POWER UP Equality and Equity in the LIVE sector of the UK music industry.

Join POWER UP alum for a discussion about the challenges for Black music practitioners within the live sector of the UK music industry as they share what they are doing, their hurdles and what initiatives they know of that are making REAL CHANGE! And, let’s not forget, what still needs to be done.

Hosted by Ras Kwame, Broadcaster, contributors will include: Adem Holness, FRSA, Head of Contemporary Music at Southbank Centre; Hannah Shogbola, UTA Live Agent and Founder of DAJU and co-founder of BEMA; Tumi Williams, Promoter and Artist; and Neicee Oakley, Tour Manager.

This online session will take place at 12.00pm on Tuesday 5th March, 2024 and you can sign up for FREE here.  Do not forget that you can watch all of the previous talks in this series via the LIVE Talks archive.  LIVE Talks would not be possible without the ongoing support of our committed partners: AEG, Kilimanjaro Live; Live Nation; Serious; SJM and Utilita Arena Birmingham.  We thank them for their commitment to promoting and sharing insight and good practice across our sector.

Final call for freelancers: last chance to make your voice heard in our survey!

LIVE has partnered with Handle Freelance Solutions, the Back Lounge and UK LIVE Event Freelancers Forum to launch a survey, the Hidden Side of Freelancing 2024, to understand and identify the changes required to improve the experience of freelancers who are crucial to the success of the live music industry. The survey explores pay transparency and the personal experiences of freelancers at live music events. It aims to help freelancers understand their true value and benchmark their own experience whilst also celebrating what makes live music a great industry for freelancers. The results will then be assessed, culminating in a publicly available report that will be published in April 2024. This survey will give freelancers in our industry the information needed to get the most out of the work they do. Join us in delivering impactful change for every freelancer by sharing your story here – before the portal closes on the 10 March.

Partner with us: support live music! 

As LIVE builds out its programme of activities (from research and information exchange to events and political engagement) have you ever considered how you could get more involved? 2024 will see LIVE engage in further thought leadership work across sustainability, diversity and accessibility. If you would like to find out more about how you can support please contact gaby@livemusic.biz or check out more information here.

Member updates  

LIVE Green UpdatesOn the 27 February Attitude is Everything, Julie’s Bicycle and A Greener Future published an innovative new toolkit which supports the UK’s events industry to implement practical solutions that tackle both climate change and accessibility. Building on a survey by Julie’s Bicycle and industry case studies by A Greener Future, the toolkit reveals the key barriers that Disabled people experience within initiatives that tackle sustainability, and outlines practical ways in which venues, events, and festivals can implement accessible solutions to combat climate change. Access the toolkit here and plaintext version here. 

ABO (Association of British Orchestras) UpdatesABO are seeking a Membership and Operations manager to join its small and busy team. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the Membership and Operations manager has a key role to play in delivering the ABO’s refreshed strategy, embedding an inclusive approach to the management and delivery of our events and programmes, and supporting the needs of our members through the services we offer. Salary £36,000 pa. Job Description here

Power of Events updates: Lots of exciting work by the Power of Events team is coming to fruition just in time for the platform’s first birthday! In February, the Event Industry Insight App undergoes an update which will include advanced profile questions, new research to take part in, and the ability to view the results. It launches alongside the Careers Hub, which will support new recruits to the industry via route-maps, a glossary of principal job roles from across the sectors and signposting to key support organisations. The pilot of the Schools’ Engagement Programme, is already underway and making waves. Find out more here

PLASA Updates: Have you got skills or ideas worth sharing? If you’re looking for a platform to share your ideas and expertise, PLASA Focus Leeds could be the answer. The show organisers want to hear from you – whether you are a technical expert or an industry leader, or if you have disruptive ideas about how to move the industry forward. Apply to speak today and you could be on stage in front of an engaged, targeted audience this May

CIISA Updates: The Creative Industries Independent Standards Authority (CIISA), is a new professional body that will be committed to upholding and improving standards of behaviour across the creative industries to ultimately create safe and inclusive workplaces for creative industry professionals like yourself. CIISA is currently in development and by completing this short 10-minute survey and sharing your thoughts, you will play a crucial role in informing and shaping the future of CIISA and its services. This survey will be available to complete until midnight on Sunday 10th March 2024. Please click here to get started now!

AIF Updates: Steve Heap sets retirement date, hands AFO operation to John Rostron CEO of AIF. AIF and AFO will represent combined membership of over 200 festivals. Steve Heap will retire from his position as General Secretary of the Association of Festival Organisers on April 2 2024, handing over the operation to John Rostron and the team at the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF).

A statement from AIF CEO John Rostron on the 2024 postponement of 110 Above Festival. “Week by week, day by day, one by one these brilliant, vital independent music festivals are disappearing. With it, we lose the pipeline of talent development for artists and a space for audiences to find new music across the UK. Future headliners were made here. “The costs of putting on these festivals has risen so much, way beyond the price of the ticket, and so independent festival promoters – already losing money – are having to call time. This is a long tail impact of Covid and of Brexit. If the UK wants to be a world leader in music, then the UK Government needs to do as other countries across the world have done, and support the festival sector for a few years to make its recovery. Lower VAT on tickets to 5% for three years, and we’ll prevent more festivals having to say enough is enough and goodbye.”