How not to be sold a pup

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23 Feb 2017

With new technologies offering potential answers to a myriad of problems facing arts organisations, how can you sift out the ones that offer cost-effective solutions? Andrew Thomas makes some suggestions.

A new dawn of dance

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23 Feb 2017

What’s behind the current rise in interest in dance for older people? Hannah Osmond has been finding out.

Respect for the artist

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23 Feb 2017

What rights do artists have when their work is exhibited without their permission? Eleni Polycarpou considers the controversy surrounding the Anselm Kiefer exhibition in China.

A career path for creative facilitators

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23 Feb 2017

The work that artists do in education, health and social care settings has long been undervalued, but Nick Ponsillo is hopeful that changes are on their way.

Are your trustees on board?

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16 Feb 2017

The Charity Commission’s new fundraising guide has transformed the role of trustees. Samir Savant considers whether it is a change for the better.  

Maximising members

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16 Feb 2017

If you only have one level of membership you’re missing a trick. Debbie Richards explains how Baker Richards helped Compton Verney gain thousands of additional members by expanding its offer.

How to… Make the most of Facebook

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13 Feb 2017

Is your organisation’s Facebook page failing to gain traction? Paul Taylor shares ten essential tips to boost your profile.

Reaching out to young people

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02 Feb 2017

Aside from pockets of innovative practice, many arts organisations are at a loss as to how to engage young people, who behave and think quite differently to older marketers and programmers. Lucie Fitton offers an insight into their world.

Should I stay or should I go?

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02 Feb 2017

Following the Brexit vote, are young European actors who have chosen to work in the UK likely to stay? Mark C. Hewitt sounded out a few of them.

Small venues do it differently

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26 Jan 2017

At the end of a three-year project touring contemporary theatre to small venues in the north east of England, Annabel Turpin and Kate Sanderson share the lessons they have learned.

In pursuit of the holy grail

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19 Jan 2017

Is it possible to double the response rate you get from your direct marketing and save money at the same time? Tim Baker explains how the CBSO did just that. 

Quality European partnerships

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19 Jan 2017

Cultural organisations can still bid for Creative Europe funding – now and possibly after the UK has left the EU. Christoph Jankowski explains why you should consider it.

How to… get boys dancing

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19 Jan 2017

How do you get a room full of sniggering teenage boys enthusiastic about dance? Helen Ganberg says it’s not easy, but experience shows it is possible.

The railway artists

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19 Jan 2017

Revitalising derelict railway buildings could provide a solution to the shortage of studio and creative workspace in the East of England, explains Natalie Pace.

The value of insight on tour

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12 Jan 2017

A new tool offers touring companies access to valuable audience data. Penny Mills explains how they are using it to plan and promote tours.

Matching the crowd

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05 Jan 2017

Can financial incentives prompt donors to give more, or more often? In their second article on crowdfunding in the arts, Peter Baeck and Sam Mitchell discuss the findings of a new match-funding scheme.

The arts on your doorstep

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05 Jan 2017

Community engagement teams have been visiting every neighbourhood in Hull to make sure no one misses out on this year’s programme of culture. Martin Green explains how they hope to build interest in the arts. 

How to… plan your first relaxed performance

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22 Dec 2016

Be prepared to make mistakes and consider reaching out to other organisations running relaxed events, says Kate Lovell.

The importance of inclusive design

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15 Dec 2016

All audiences benefit from inclusive design, but most importantly it helps disabled and older people. Jennifer Tomkins and Jo Verrent share tips on how to get it right.

The magic of rural touring

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15 Dec 2016

Volunteer promoter Tom Speight writes about the joys of hosting professional performing arts right on his doorstep as part of a rural touring scheme.

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