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Scottish Live Events Network Catch Up - Wednesday 17th March 2021

What SLEN have been up to over the last week

We have been helping with EISF2 applications and appeals - see more on this below. We have updated the equalities section of our website and are working on setting up a national Live Events Network Equalities working group. If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch. Along with the rest of the Live Events Network we are also working on a series of live events webinars with the first one being on the topic of IR35 and how it affects sole traders and limited companies (sign up below!)

EISF Survey

We are aware that Event Scotland are now sending out rejection letters via email with the option to appeal. We urge everyone to keep an eye on their emails and spam. For those worried about timelines, anyone rejected has 7 days to formulate and submit an appeal. If you have heard nothing please do not worry, they are dealing with rejections and appeals prior to successful applications so they can calculate the award amounts.

We have created a survey to collate the approvals, rejections and reasoning for these. There is also space towards the end to allow people to ask SLEN for assistance with appeals.

Please only complete the survey once you have had contact from Event Scotland about your application. You can complete the survey more than once to update on your progress with appeals or acceptance but please indicate this in the appropriate place.

Please take the time to fill out the survey. It will help us fight for better criteria in future funding and help to identify gaps to help us lobby government for further support.

IR35 Webinar

Along with the rest of the Live Events Network we are bringing you the first in a series of Live Events webinars. This one is on the topic of IR35 and the impact on Sole Traders and Ltd companies.

Bectu’s researcher Tony Lennon will be presenting the webinar and answering your questions on IR35 and self employment tax status. This event is for Bectu members only, if you would like to join Bectu so you can attend you can do so here:

To sign up for the webinar follow this link. You can ask questions when you sign up or email them to us on and we will pass them onto Tony. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions on the day during the webinar.

Scottish Strategic Framework Dates

Full details can be found here

We look forward to engaging with Scottish Government on capacity constraints as one of the stakeholder groups.

The important dates for Events are:

26th April

  • weddings and funerals for up to 50 (including wakes and receptions with no alcohol permitted)

17th May

  • small scale indoor and outdoor events can resume subject to capacity constraints (to be confirmed following stakeholder engagement)

  • non-professional performance arts can resume outdoors

The plan for the route is contingent on vaccine and covid levels. The hope is that from early June we can reach level 1 and the end of June level 0.

Theatre Artist Fund

Applications for £1,000 emergency grants from the Theatre Artists Fund are now open and close at 12noon on Tuesday 30th March.

This fund is open to theatre workers and freelancers across the UK.

Applicants will need to provide a CV showing you have worked in theatre for at least 8 weeks between 1st January 2019 and 31st March 2020 (a 15 month period).

You must have less than £2000 in savings (Please note: You do not need to include money allocated to pay your tax bill.)

You must not have received support in excess of £4000 from any other industry coronavirus emergency (COVID-19) grant scheme.

Full information and eligibility criteria can be found here:

SLEN Open Meeting - Monday 22nd March 7pm - Light at the end of the tunnel?

We will be holding another of our irregular drop-ins on the 22nd March.

Now that we have a bit more idea of the returning to events timescales we thought it would be good to look at how we approach a return to full scale events. What are your thoughts and concerns as we look to safely open up our venues again? How can SLEN play a part in this and support our members through the transition? What can we all do to play our part in bringing the industry back better for all involved? All are welcome to come and join in the discussion.

Topic: SLEN Open Meeting - Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Time: Mar 22, 2021 07:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 981 4301 7077

Passcode: 734951

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