Coronavirus

Culture Recovery Fund support includes Trillians and The Horn

The second round of the UK Government culture recovery fund has today shared £261 million across 2,272 projects. The first round of awards, made last July, were focussed on survival while this...

UK Budget 2021 / No festival insurance but £390m art sector boost announced

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in this weeks UK budget that a further £390m will be invested in supporting arts venues in England, with £300m allocated to the existing Culture Recovery Fund.Other measures...

Download 2021 postponed / Will we experience festival fever this summer?

The recent announcement by the UK Government of a roadmap to bring England out of the grips of COVID-19 lockdown has led to Festival Republic announcing that the Leeds and Reading festivals...

UK Petition raised as Brexit Trade Deal largely ignores Heavy Metal over Fishing

The UK Government (and many UK tabloid newspapers) have been using the Fishing industry as a popularist stick to batter through the basic agreement for the UK-EU trade deal. Musicians and other...

Culture Secretary distances himself from campaign on day Arts Funding announced

The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has distanced himself from the "crass" Government campaign which aims to encourage people to retrain to a career in cybersecurity. This comes on a day where the...

Rishi Sunak / “The Aunt Mimi of The Government”

Rishi Sunak, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, has been under fire over the last couple of days, as his recent message seemed to suggest that those in the creative industry should retrain...

War Of The Worlds / 2021 Tour postponed to 2022

In disturbing Concert related news, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War Of The Worlds - Alive On Stage will now tour the UK in 2022. Originally planned for March/April 2021, the...

Government Culture Fund / Grassroots venues receive £3.36m as streaming generates £771k per Hour

The UK Government has split the £3.36m portion of the Culture Recovery Fund allocated to grassroots venues between 135 venues, with four companies receiving the maximum £80,000. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland...

Elles Bailey / Talks performing on Whispering Bob’s All Stars ‘Help Musicians’ project

With 2020 marking 'Whispering' Bob Harris' 50th year in broadcasting, the legendary presenter is to gather a group of musicians together to record his favourite single 'Stand By Me' in a fundraising...

Breaking News: Status Quo forced to cancel Backbone tour

Status Quo have this morning issued a statement confirming the cancellation of almost all of their 2020 tour, originally planned for the last quarter of this year. The only dates to survive...

UK Government postpones indoor performances

The Prime Minister has delayed the return to indoor performances in England due to the increase in rates of COVID-19 infection in hotspots in parts of the UK.In an address to the...

COVID-19 / Germany is researching the safety of live gigs

The eastern German regions of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt are using funding of €990,000 to identify a framework for how gigs and other events can be held “without posing a danger for the...

COVID-19 / MPs slam UK Government Culture response and call for Streaming investigation

The DCMS (Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) has released a report which criticises the UK Government response to the impact on the UK culture sector of the COVID-19 crisis, saying...

BREAKING NEWS / Indoor performances to restart in England in August

At a Downing Street news conference this morning (17 July 2020) the Prime Minster unveiled the plan for a "more significant return to normality" by Christmas, with a return to indoor live...

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