Welcome to this May Edition. Another month closer to the industry opening with many venues and organisations well underway in their preparation with fewer limitations that have been in place for the last 12 months.
As part of this The New Greatest Show on Earth project offers its own support through the Setting the Stage programme which I wrote about in the March edition and produced a video as part of the April email. You can check them out a long with this month’s video on my YouTube Channel click here
Community Spirit Update
Those wishing to volunteer at the Community Spirit event who not already signed up, now is the time is take action.
The online process is quick, easy and safe. Head over to the website by clicking here, fill in the online application form, book your interview / informal chat for a day and time that is convenient to you. You don’t need to decide what you want to do on the day, the application form only asks what event, this will all part of the discussion in the interview and you will be able to look over the roles online once you’ve applied. With COVID restrictions lifting you can either have your interview online or in person. The online booking of interviews is for one on one, but if you would prefer a group interview then let me know using the email below once you have completed the online application form and I will book all individuals in for the time slot. I do ask though that groups are kept to 3 or 4 people at one time.                         – Safeguarding PolicyVolunteer Policy
Unions, The Importance’s of
As an industry we are so lucky to have some really dedicated unions and canopy organisations that have worked tireless during the pandemic and lock downs to ensure members are represented within decision making of government and relaying information back to members. Without them I think we would be in a far worse position at this end of lock down. So, if you are reading this, and you are not a member then sign up and get involved. Whatever you do as part of the creative industry you can find an organisation or union that will represent you, just search online for creative industry unions.
Speaking Engagements
Back in February I briefly mentioned about speaking engagements talking about the project and how it can help boards, volunteers and venues. With the restrictions now lifting I will be more than happy to travel and speak in person, before my break this month I will publish a full list of topics and prices on the website.
2025 Trust Fund – For whom and Criteria
Last month I wrote about the governing of the 2025 Trust Fund, this month I want to touch on the who the fund will be open to and what kind of criteria would have to be met to access the grants. Essentially it will be one of the first things the board will have to decide when they come together in 2023. But just to give you an idea of what the vision of the trust looks like and what you could expect. I will publish these on the website later in the year. There are just three main areas that those applying will have to provide evidence that their projects, that it benefits the Community, that the project has a strong element inclusion of diversity and that it will benefit the long term of the creative industry. Click here to donate to fund.
Theatre Through the Years – World War 1
The first world war broke out in 1914 and during the 4 years theatre became paramount as the escape for those who were left at home and civilian life. Theatre was what took people away from the reality of the fighting and political disagreements. Theatre was used to promote British views and identity. In 1916, 20 million people were able to see the harsh reality of the fighting for the first time in the film The Battle of Somme, without this kind of showings the ordinary people would not have known so much about the war. Like with every other part of history of theatre there is always something to learn. The reality of the pandemic has been harsh and has been shown through digital media. So, it’s down the creative industry to find ways to take the minds of the ordinary people away from the reality, like I said last month, there is always something we can be doing, it just may not be what we want to do currently.
Get Involved
If in receiving these emails they leave you with a sense of something to get involved, whether it be part of the creation process or the publishing or even help organise local visions of the programmes like Community Spirit. Then please do send me an email offering your support, I would love to hear from you wherever you are. If you are interested being part of my local Community Spirit event, either as a participant, small business or sponsor, then please contact me on the email below, I would love to hear from you. If you are a media outlet and would like to pick up on anything in these emails or on the website, then please do feel free to contact me via: media@aticket2ride.co.uk