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New Equity Discount in Bristol

1 May 2016

With the Annual Representatives Conference, our members went out to get discounts for those attending to venture into Bristol. However we were lucky to be offered a long term discount at the Greenhouse in Bristol.

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LAW PASSED THAT WILL PROTECT MUSIC VENUES

4 April 2016

FINALLY! A LAW HAS BEEN PASSED THAT WILL ACTUALLY PROTECT UK MUSIC VENUES FROM DEVELOPERS

If you were to paint a picture of the landscape of music venues across the UK within the last decade, it would be a pretty bleak one. London alone has lost over 35% of its grassroots music venues since 2007, with the number of spaces programming new artists dropping from 136 to just 88 (as of late 2015). The situation is almost like an economic equivalent to Dorian Gray and his mirror: a particular area code becomes more desirable, while the people and venues that helped establish it in the first place pay the price.

http://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/blog/new-government-legislation-will-protect-music-venues-in-planning-law

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A Tribute to Paul Daniels

4 April 2016

Everybody who was anybody wanted to be on the Paul Daniels show - Mat Ricardo pays personal tribute

In 1970, Paul Daniels got his first shot on TV.

For that spot, he performed three tricks. During the first trick, he mentioned the other two, during the second he mentioned the first, and during the third trick he talked about the previous two. Legendary TV producer Johnnie Hamp took him aside after the filming and told him that he wasn't sure if he was clever or lucky, as he'd made his act impossible to edit, and they'd have to show the whole thing. In Paul's own words: ‘I was shocked…shocked...'

http://www.chortle.co.uk/features/2016/03/17/24395/everybody_who_was_anybody_wanted_to_be_on_the_paul_daniels_show

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Half of Bristol's music venues at risk

14 March 2016

Half of all live music venues in Bristol are under threat from new housing developments filling up the city centre.

Bristol Live Music Census conducted by UK Music found that the Bristol music scene generated a total of £123 million and helped support 927 full time equivalent jobs throughout the city.

But new developments converting offices to homes are putting half of the 94 music venues at risk from future noise complaints which can lead to closures.

http://www.bristol247.com/channel/news-comment/daily/arts/bristol-music-venues-at-risk

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South West AGM

6 March 2016

This is a basic report of what happened on Sunday at the South West Annual General Meeting in Yeovil. Full report to be given at the Branch Meeting.

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Bring in Auditions for Street Performers

19 February 2016

Street performers today are only after a quick buck. Bring in auditions

The head of the National Gallery wants to ban street performers from outside the building. How about sifting out the fakes instead?

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Dressing Room Conditions Survey

31 January 2016

A survey has been put together to ask members to give feedback on venues they have performed in. Please read the section below, and copy and paste the information into word document to answer. This will then be compiled, with no members name being associated to the information without your permission first.

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FEU Training opportunity

29 January 2016

Under the Federation of Entertainment Unions' (FEU) banner, the project is co-ordinated by Equity on behalf of the participating unions – Equity, the Musicians’ Union, the NUJ, and The Writers' Guild.

The project is funded by unionlearn, the skills development branch of the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

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Branch Patron Jo Brand finishes 150-mile coast-to-coast walk

28 January 2016

http://www.itv.com/news/2016-01-28/jo-brand-finishes-150-mile-coast-to-coast-walk-through-gale-force-winds-for-sports-relief/

Comedian Jo Brand finished her 150-mile coast-to-coast walk for Sport Relief on schedule after braving 70mph winds and horizontal rain.

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Criminal record disclosure checks ruled 'unlawful'

22 January 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35383037?SThisFB

Two people who claimed their careers were being blighted by having to disclose their minor criminal convictions to employers have won their case at the High Court.

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