Are We Risking Too Much Without A Government Backed Insurance Scheme?

Carry On Touring – Real People, Real Lives, Real Jobs Opinion – Tim Brennan – Freelancer Video Director / Engineer It’s been a busy week, lots of discussions with industry insiders. Culminating with a chat about our dire need for Festival Support. We need a government backed insurance scheme or the summer festival season we … Continue reading “Are We Risking Too Much Without A Government Backed Insurance Scheme?”

French Culture Minister is very receptive to a “Cultural Passport”

We have been passed a video link of The Conference of Presidents of the National Assembly of France held on the 18th February 2021. Our Observations. We’ve found it very interesting that the French Government via its culture minister is very receptive to the idea of a “Cultural Passport” and noted Tim’s petition in recent … Continue reading “French Culture Minister is very receptive to a “Cultural Passport””

Real People, Real Lives, Real Jobs. An Industry Insiders Response.

Chris Markland – Tour Manager gives us his response to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Road Map for reopening. Finally, we have some sort of idea on what the year is looking light. Whilst we welcome at least some sort of clarity there are certain areas that still need addressing. Firstly, the limit on attendance at … Continue reading “Real People, Real Lives, Real Jobs. An Industry Insiders Response.”

“My biggest fear is that next time I will be over looked in favour of EU passport holding artists…”

Tim Claydon emphasises the difficulty he faces applying for a Norwegian visa. Over To Tim: I’m a freelance choreographer and movement director specialising in opera. Like most operatic contracts my contract with the Norwegian Opera and ballet company was agreed and signed some 12 months ago. At that time, although Norway was outside the EU … Continue reading ““My biggest fear is that next time I will be over looked in favour of EU passport holding artists…””

We need to start planning now! It’s no use keeping us shut down until April, then saying “you can open in May, so you can stop furlough and SIESS. “

Chris Markland, Production Manager explains why we need urgent action now to start planning our events, not in two months time! Over to Chris: Having seen Glastonbury festival announce its cancellation for the 2nd consecutive year really brings home the need for the government to give our industry a clear indication of when restrictions on … Continue reading “We need to start planning now! It’s no use keeping us shut down until April, then saying “you can open in May, so you can stop furlough and SIESS. “”

Our EU Touring is Under Threat.

Louise Richards, Executive Director of Motionhouse tells us about the threat faced by Motionhouse of losing their ability to tour in the EU. Over to Louise: As one of the UK’s busiest touring companies of our scale, taking our dance-circus productions to theatres and festivals across Europe accounts for approximately 50% of our touring income. … Continue reading “Our EU Touring is Under Threat.”

“It is a huge loss for me, in terms of both personal and musical identity”

Carry on Touring – Real People, Real Lives, Real Jobs Poppy Walshaw, is a baroque cellist, who, over the past 15 years has had more than half her work outside of the UK, especially as continuo cellist for baroque orchestras in Poland and Germany. Over to Poppy. In addition to regular touring with UK groups abroad, … Continue reading ““It is a huge loss for me, in terms of both personal and musical identity””

Taking Advantage of Desperate People

The live events industry has been completely decimated by Covid19. That’s fairly flipping obvious, you only have to pick up a screen or a newspaper to read story after story of how people have been affected. But what people don’t see in the press is how people who are absolutely desperate, are being exploited. Only … Continue reading “Taking Advantage of Desperate People”

The Fight to Survive. COVID & BREXIT vs a Small Events Company.

Carry on Touring – Real People, Real Lives, Real Jobs Mike Godden, Sound Engineer, Production Manager & Managing Director of MG Event and Sound Ltd. 12/02/2021 It’s just after 1AM, the day started seventeen and a half hours ago at 07.30 with soundchecks, the awards ceremony at the London Hilton Metropole has wound down and … Continue reading “The Fight to Survive. COVID & BREXIT vs a Small Events Company.”

Tim Brennan & Ian Smith Address the Parliamentary Briefing Monday 8th Feb 2021

The videos below are Tim Brennan & Ian Smith addressing the Parliamentary Briefing on Monday 8th Feb. Present were:o Tim Brennan, Petition Creator & Freelancero Ian Smith, Frusion Management & UKE Arts Work o Louise Richards, Executive Director of Motionhouse o Eliza Carthy MBE, Folk Singer o Howard Goodall CBE, Composer o Fish (Derek Dicks), Singer-songwriter, Marillion o Sacha Lord, … Continue reading “Tim Brennan & Ian Smith Address the Parliamentary Briefing Monday 8th Feb 2021”