#WEMAKEEVENTS – Cymru Wales caught up with Rhys Maule from Prolx Productions Ltd at Roald Dahl Plass on Wednesday whilst he was working on the lighting for our day of action.
Great to be a part of this campaign down in Cardiff working with some amazing people 🏴 To find out more about the project visits the – We Make Events Cymru Wales page. . . . . #WeMakeEvents
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#WeMakeEvents is an international movement to highlight that the live events sector urgently needs support from local governments to survive the Covid-19 crisis. Our focus is to get Government initiatives to help the industry back to work while providing support until it can fully return to work: RESTART LIVE.
#WeMakeEvents is also the champion for all the people in the events industry, creating awareness and understanding of their threats and issues. As part of this, #WeMakeEvents raises money to give immediate support for the individuals, families and our industry charities.
Entertainment events around the world have been devastated, from major festivals, tours and landmark theatres, to grassroots venues and business events. Without major immediate support from national governments, the entire supply chain is at risk of collapse.
Stand As One alongside a growing collective of organisations, companies and freelancers to get our industry’s voice heard through creative action, social media and awareness events.
The UK events sector urgently needs government support to help it get back to work and to survive the COVID-19 crisis: RESTART LIVE.
#WeMakeEvents – RESTART LIVE
Our industry is important and contributes billions of pounds each year to the UK economy. Without major immediate support from government, the entire supply chain is at risk of collapse.
The RESTART LIVE phase of the campaign aims to raise public and media awareness in support of the live events sector which employs circa 1,000,000 highly skilled people in the UK, all of whom have had no work since March with little likelihood of restarting until Spring 2021. The sector includes a huge supply chain of companies ranging from event production, audio, lighting, video, logistics, planning, transportation and some of the world’s leading technology manufacturers.
#WeMakeEvents – RESTART LIVE
#WeMakeEvents is working hard behind the scenes, securing meetings with government officials and gaining support from a number of cross-party MPs who have written directly to the Chancellor.
We all want to go back to work, so we are asking the UK Government to help us to get back to work by:
- 1. Government backed COVID – 19 Insurance Scheme
Why – To ensure if local lockdowns happen event organisers will recover costs and attendees will receive a refund.
- 2. Government support for widespread proactive COVID -19 testing for event attendees
Why – To give confidence to attendees and organisers that the event is safe and COVID – 19 Compliant.
- 3. A three-year extension to the reduced cultural vat rate on tickets in line with DCMS recommendations
Why – To stimulate the return of a viable live entertainment sector.
- Until gathering for events is not restricted by legislation, we are also calling on the Government for: 4. Grants – not loans – made available to businesses in the events supply chain
Why – To give companies the flexibility to allocate financial resources where they need it most, to keep their business afloat and to enable them to keep employees, adding value to the UK economy and culture in the future.
- 5. A specific job support scheme for live events supply chain until the government guidelines change on social distancing to allow a commercially viable return to work
Why – To allow employers to retain highly skilled people in preparation for a return to work; to support the freelance community, including single director companies; and to support all those excluded by the current government eligibility criteria. This will help us to be ready to kickstart the industry and hence the UK economy.