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.

Action: Evidence Gathering – Working in Canada, Mexico & India
DCMS is keen to gather data on the sector’s work in terms of direct exports and licensing / IP in Canada, Mexico & India, three priority markets for upcoming free trade agreements.

If you have any experience working in these markets and can provide qualitative or quantitative evidence to support the sector’s voice in trade negotiations, please contact

Licencing & Safer nights out
A new voluntary initiative has been launched to improve safety and security in licensed premises called Licensing Security & Vulnerability Initiative (LSAVI). Home has been developed at the request of the Home Office and supported by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and Project Servator, which seeks to deter terrorist attacks in public places. It brings together for the first time all the information that licensees need to meet the requirements of police and council licensing teams, comply with the Licensing Act 2003, and promote the four Licensing Objectives: Prevention of Public Nuisance, Prevention of Crime and Disorder, Protection of Children from Harm and Public Safety. The application fee is £100 for 12 months access and accreditation for a single site.

Venues can also receive Welfare And Vulnerability Engagement (WAVE) training, delivered by Licensing officers and Safer Sounds. This training gives staff the ability to help customers and staff who may be in a situation that makes them vulnerable or unsafe. Organisations can receive WAVE training through the Safer Sounds Partnership or via their local licensing team.

Free mental health and wellbeing webinar for employers
In a recent wellbeing survey of the UK backstage entertainment industry, 76% of backstage workers stated that the pandemic has had a negative effect on their mental health, and 39% identify with having a mental health condition. To learn more about what you can do to support your workforce, the Alliance of Associations and Professionals in Theatre and Live Events (AAPTLE) are running a free webinar to discuss the results of their recent survey.

The webinar will take place on Friday 22 October, 12:00 – 13:30. Register for the webinar here.

Night Tube
TfL have today announced that the Night Tube will resume on the Central and Victoria lines for the first time since March 2020. Services will run throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays from Saturday 27 November. Services on the other Night Tube lines – the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines – will return as soon as possible following staff training.



Coronavirus Recovery Guidance

Wellbeing and mental health support for you and your staff

Jobs & careers in the sector