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.

Performing Arts Guidance update
Key updates include confirmation that venues that are permitted to open at Step 2 and can operate as hospitality venues (such as grassroots music venues) may provide ancillary performance activity, such as live music, for their seated food and / or drink customers outdoors at Step 2 (Section 2.1). There are also further details on workplace testing (1.10) and a new section on ventilation which will be helpful for those venues looking to reopen in step 3 (5.5). Please always refer to the full guidance which can be found here.

Upcoming Webinars
We have a new set of webinars scheduled for this month. All details and registration links below:

Date for your diary – Arts Council England on the Culture Recovery Fund 
On 20 April at 10.00am the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will hear from Arts Council England on the Culture Recovery Fund. Witnesses are Dr Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive and Sir Nicholas Serota CH, Chair, Arts Council England. You can watch the session online here.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Webinar: Mindfulness for Theatre Professionals
Tuesday 27 April, 2.00pm

Explore the intersection between wellbeing, selfcare & neuroscience. An informal and experiential introduction to mindfulness, tailored for theatre professionals, filled with practical exercises and time for Q&A.

Tickets are free for unemployed or freelancers, £5 for SOLT and UK Theatre members and members of other trade associations, and £10 for anyone who is not a member of any membership bodies.

Book your place here.

#100ActionsAgainstRacism launched yesterday
Inc Arts have launched Inc Arts Unlock: the anti-racism toolkit for the arts and culture sector. Inc Arts Unlock gives arts and culture organisations a way to build and monitor their own anti-racism action plans, by selecting from over 100 actions they can take within a 3 month to 2-year time frame. Inc Arts will be holding information sessions on April 30, May 7 and May 14 for arts organisations who have questions about the Unlock process.

REMINDER: pointOne & Indigo Ltd webinar: Coming Back to Theatre – Prioritising the Audience Experience – Wednesday 21 April, 11am – 11.45am
You can register here for Indigo Ltd and pointOne’s latest webinar where they will present the key findings from a piece of joint cultural audience sentiment research, looking at what the most important things will be for cultural audiences when they return to venues. We’ll consider the practical and technical measures organisations can put in place to ensure audiences have a brilliant first experience back at the theatre and hear from industry professionals about their plans for reopening.

The Coming Back to Theatre survey was conducted in March 2021 and gathered 4,000 responses from cultural attendees at seven venues within the UK.

This webinar is aimed at those responsible for the audience experience including Operations Directors, Box Office Managers and Front of House teams.


Coronavirus Recovery Guidance

Wellbeing and mental health support for you and your staff