Social events, performance nights and gigs can be fantastic ways to bring your community together, showcase your work or raise money. When organising these types of events you may need to think about ensuring you and your venue are meeting regulations and have the right licences in place, for example for playing music or selling alcohol.  You may also wish to take out insurance, and conduct a risk assessment, particularly if your event is open to the public.

If you are organising a fundraising event, you may also find our section on Raising Money useful.

The Resource Centre has a range of equipment for use at entertainment events, such as PA systems, a karaoke machine and disco lights. This is available for hire at low cost to community groups in Sussex. Click on the Equipment tab for more information.

For contact details of local entertainers and other organisations that can help you further, including where to get a licence to play music, click on the Links tab.

  • Event planning checklist

    However big or small your event is going to be, planning it will follow the same general pattern – and include some common pitfalls!

  • Licensing and regulations for events

    Basic information about whether you need to register or apply for a licence for your event

  • Public Liability

    Information to help you decide whether you need public liability insurance for your events.

  • Risk Assessments

    A simple guide to risk assessments for community groups.

These books are available at the Resource Centre, for reference only. If you prefer to borrow them, some of the titles are available at local libraries in Brighton & Hove. Groups based in Sussex are welcome to come in and browse our bookshelf and noticeboards.