£2.5m cultural learning fund overlooks key research

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19 Jan 2017

Research justifying the new fund failed to include the biggest and longest running arts education intervention in the world.

New York opera security scare after powder sprinkled into orchestra pit

31 Oct 2016

The Metropolitan Opera cancelled a performance during the interval as a safety precaution after somebody sprinkled an unknown powder into the pit.

Library scoops £3,000 in the National Lottery Awards

25 Aug 2016

St Helens Libraries’ Cultural Hubs attracted over 2,000 votes to be named Best Arts Project for its work promoting health and wellbeing.

Trump prepares to end US arts funding

20 Jan 2017

The Trump transition team is planning to terminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, saving $148m a year of the $10.5 trillion the new administration will aim to cut from public spending over the next decade.

Council lobbies for tourist bed tax in Edinburgh

20 Jan 2017

Festival director Fergus Linehan has backed proposals for a charge of £1 or £2 per hotel room per night, which could raise £10m to support cultural activity in the city.

Brexit speech prompts fears for mobility of creative workers

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19 Jan 2017

Negotiations with the EU will need to consider the status of freelance workers as well as employed staff, the Creative Industries Federation has warned. 

ACE awards £3.2m to arts consortiums in new Cultural Destinations fund

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19 Jan 2017

Arts partnerships with tourism destinations will encourage public and private sector support for “world-class cultural and tourism products”.

Tunbridge Wells council confirms support for theatre despite redundancies

19 Jan 2017

Although seven staff at the Assembly Hall Theatre have lost their jobs, and the box office has been relocated to a different site, the council has made a commitment to keeping the theatre open.

Hamilton musical tickets on resale sites despite prevention measures

19 Jan 2017

The highly anticipated musical – which switched to a paperless ticket system to prevent bulk purchase and ticket resale – saw West End tickets appear for vastly inflated prices on sites such as Viagogo two hours after going on sale.

Royal Albert Hall members rebuked for exchanging ticket resale advice

19 Jan 2017

A pamphlet distributed by one of the 330 individuals who own a permanent seat in the 5,272 capacity venue explains how they can best profit from re-selling tickets on secondary sites, prompting the Hall’s former president to label the venue’s stewardship a “national disgrace”.

Expect standstill funding, Arts Council warns NPOs

19 Jan 2017

Only in “exceptional circumstances” will National Portfolio Organisations that remain in the portfolio for the 2018-22 investment round receive an uplift in funding, Arts Council England has said, despite a record amount of funds being allocated to the portfolio.

Overcrowding and violent crime plague Notting Hill Carnival

19 Jan 2017

A report is calling on the Mayor of London to make the organisers more financially stable so they can deliver a safer event, after police warned last year’s carnival came “exceptionally close to a major catastrophic failure of public safety”.

MPs call for ban on unpaid internships in the arts

19 Jan 2017

To avoid penalising working-class young people, employers should also consider a candidate’s achievements in the context of their background, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility has said.

Arts and health collaborate on £600k scheme for young people

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18 Jan 2017

The new programme is the second collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency.

Wales must ring-fence music education funding, committee told

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18 Jan 2017

A government committee has been warned that a crisis is facing music in Wales and new ideas are essential.

Exeter council considers new 1,000-seat venue

17 Jan 2017

The city council has commissioned a study into whether the city needs a larger venue, noting the leases on the 500-seat Corn Exchange and surrounding buildings are due to expire in 2020.

Bolton Octagon plans redevelopment

17 Jan 2017

The theatre intends to close from mid-2018 and re-open in 2019 as part of a £10m plan to modernise and enlarge the building, and improve its accessibility and environmental sustainability.

£17m revamp for Scottish National Gallery

17 Jan 2017

The Scottish Government has provided £2m towards the project, which aims to transform current exhibition spaces and expand the gallery by spring 2019.

V&A defends Tristram Hunt’s commitment to free entry

16 Jan 2017

The Victoria and Albert museum has confirmed its new Director is committed to maintaining free entry, even though the MP penned a piece in 2011 calling for a £5 charge to be introduced at the national museums and galleries.

US theatres commit to diversity ahead of Trump inauguration

16 Jan 2017

Theatre professionals are to gather outside 300 theatres across 42 US states on 19 January – the day before President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated – to “create a light for the dark times ahead”.

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