The below correspondence is posted here by kind permission from the Society of London Theatre

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) is an organisation that works with and on behalf of their Members to champion theatre and the performing arts.

Find out more about SOLT and visit their website here.

 

Scotland – £25m additional emergency funds for cultural organisations and venues announced
Today Creative Scotland announced details of £25m additional emergency funds to help cultural organisations and venues prevent insolvency or significant job losses due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The funds will be open to previous recipients of funding from the first round who are in need of further emergency support and new applicants that were eligible for the first round who are now in need of emergency support.

Full guidance will be published today, and the funds will open for applications on 17 June and close for applications on 24 June.

Stats required if your show / venue will be affected by a delay to restrictions lifting
Ahead of Monday’s Government announcement, we are collecting information from shows or venues which would be directly affected by a 2 or 4 week delay to restrictions lifting on 21 June. If this is relevant to you, please contact Eva with answers to the following:

  • How many people are estimated to be employed by the production (including in-house, freelance & suppliers)?
  • What’s the weekly cost of running the production? And what would the estimated financial loss be if it had to be postponed / cancelled due to a delay?

Please send us this information ASAP – by the end of this week if possible.

UK Theatre membership votes for change to diversify its Board
On Monday 7 June, at an Extraordinary General Meeting, the UK Theatre membership voted to adopt new Articles of Association which give us more flexibility to improve the diversity of our Board members.

UK Theatre President Fiona Allan said “I am very proud that the membership have voted to update & to modernise the Articles… This will give us the ability to broaden the makeup of our Board to be more diverse and inclusive, and to fill any skills gaps”.

For details, read more here.

REMINDER: Please register for our upcoming industry webinars
Following the upcoming Government announcement, we will host a new set of webinars next week. All details and registration links below:

21 June – Social media moment update
As mentioned previously, we are planning a big social media moment for England on 21 June that we can turn on or off depending on whether we get the go-ahead to reopen without social distancing. 

We want everyone to participate – from performers, to front of house, to freelancers, to marketing agencies, and beyond. We want every business that will be positively impacted by theatres being able to open fully to get involved too. We have two asks, depending on whether you’re an individual or a theatre:

  • Theatres reopening: please post a photo / short video of your doors opening with someone holding a sign saying ‘We’re #BackOnStage’.
  • Everyone else: please take a photo holding a sign with #BackOnStage to post on your social channels.

We have created some printable signs, and we’d like everyone to post their photo / video at 6.30pm on 21 June.

If we do not get the reopening go-ahead on 14 June, then we will hold this and we’ll inform you of the new date and time for posting.

For our colleagues in Wales, Scotland and NI, we will be supporting you with a similar campaign (more information to follow). For now, if you wish to participate on 21 June if the go-ahead has been given, any supportive posts would be greatly appreciated.  

See It Safely
We will be continuing with the See It Safely campaign throughout the year, as the latest research shows that safety remains a concern for many consumers. We will be adapting the guidelines once we know whether we can open without social distancing, and if there are other measures that will be required. If you have already been approved to use the See It Safely mark, you can continue to do so, and we will be adapting the application form for new venues to apply.

If you have not already shared your latest Risk Assessment and the Trademark License to use the mark, please get in touch with us at SeeItSafely@soltukt.co.uk

Latest Audience Research
Please find the latest ALVA Attractions Recovery Tracker here. Please also see a recent poll from Ipsos MORI on relaxing measures.

New UK Theatre Members
We are happy to announce that Elliott & Harper Productions and Scenario Two are the newest UK Theatre Organisation members. Tutti are also our newest Partner members.

Job alert – apply now for the role of Public Affairs Manager at SOLT / UK Theatre 
This is an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver a proactive programme of policy, public affairs and external engagement activity for SOLT / UK Theatre and our members. The role will work closely with the Chief Executive Julian Bird and the Head of UK Theatre & Workforce Development Sebastian Cater to advise on lobbying and influencing activities, to help our organisations achieve our policy objectives.

For more information and how to apply, visit here.

Job alert – Supervisor and Sales Advisor at TKTS 
If you have a love of theatre and would enjoy sharing that enthusiasm in a fast paced and busy environment, then TKTS could be the place for you. Located in Leicester Square, TKTS is the West End ticket booth run by the Society of London Theatre. We are opening slowly as shows begin to re-open and are seeking a small number of new staff to help that recovery. We pride ourselves on our outstanding customer service, selling a wide range of discounted and full price on-day and advance tickets for the West End as well as now selling online. 

We are now recruiting for both a Supervisor and Sales Advisor to join our team. With a positive approach and ‘can-do’ attitude, you will need a strong knowledge of West End theatres and productions. Previous ticketing experience is essential. 

Full job descriptions are available here.


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