Arts funding: 183 new NPOs as largest organisations take 3% cut

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27 Jun 2017

The number of National Portfolio Organisations will increase to 831, as museums, libraries and new ‘Sector Support Organisations’ join Arts Council England’s portfolio.

Europe-wide project aims to create network of minority theatres

04 May 2017

(IN CROATIAN) Five minority theatres in Romania, Italy, Serbia, Albania and Croatia will combine to produce a play and a series of workshops in Spring 2018 using European Union funding.

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.

Arts projects fail to attract investors

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26 Jun 2017

None of the participants in a digital arts accelerator programme designed to help cultural organisations attract commercial investment were able to convince investors that they could deliver sufficient financial returns.

UK grows share of ‘increasingly important’ Creative Europe funding following Brexit vote

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26 Jun 2017

35 creative, cultural and heritage organisations from across the UK have been awarded a combined €3.2m in funding.

Funding shortfall for Fundraising Regulator as charities refuse to pay

23 Jun 2017

The Fundraising Regulator is reportedly ‘running on its reserves’ after failing to raise enough in the first round of its levy. It is set to raise £1.75m, which is £500k short of the anticipated £2.25m, and £200k short of its minimum required budget, as 418 charities have refused to pay, 199 invoices had to be written off because they were sent with incorrect data, and 155 charities are in dispute with the Regulator.

Regional Philharmonic comes under wing of Polish culture ministry

23 Jun 2017

(IN POLISH) The Szczecin Philharmonic follows Teatr Polski in Warsaw and the Silesian and Mazovian bands in signing a contract with the government department, which pledges to jointly fund the orchestra in partnership with local authorities.

Dublin to build hotel on site of theatre

23 Jun 2017

The former Andrews Lane Theatre has been sold for €4.4m to investors who plan to build a 115-bedroom hotel on the site.

Arts funding should focus on ‘everyday creativity’, researchers claim

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23 Jun 2017

A new academic report says that shifting cultural policy to enable people to be creative and make their own culture would be a fairer use of public funds and lead to greater equality.

“Lack of professional attitude and practices” plaguing theatres

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23 Jun 2017

Systemic failures in recruitment and professional development are leading to skills shortages and a damaging lack of diversity among theatre workers, according to a new report.

The Times rebuked for implying Kensington and Chelsea wasted Grenfell tenants’ money on opera

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23 Jun 2017

The newspaper has published a small acknowledgement that Opera Holland Park, on which the council allegedly “lost” £2.5m, has operated independent of council funding since 2015.

‘Devastating’ decline of arts in schools surges on

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22 Jun 2017

Entries for GCSE arts subjects are down 9% on 2016, while entries for EBacc subjects are up 9% in the same period.

National Portrait Gallery receives formal complaint about BP ties

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22 Jun 2017

Campaigners have argued the gallery’s sponsorship deal with the oil giant breaches its ‘Ethical Fundraising Policy’, which they obtained via freedom of information.

Battersea Power Station invests £6.8m in cultural programme

21 Jun 2017

Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre Jude Kelly applauded the investment, which will support the creation of a new multi-use arts venue in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, saying it “sets a precedent for other developers”.

New £25m outdoor concert arena for Edinburgh

21 Jun 2017

A competition has been launched for designers to replace the Ross Bandstand and revitalise West Princes Street Gardens. The £25m project, which aims to be complete in 2019, is being managed by an independent trust headed up by a hotel developer, working closely with the council.

Major live streaming venture launched by ex-ATG bosses

21 Jun 2017

Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire are taking over live cinema distributors Picturehouse Entertainment and launching a new venture, Trafalgar Entertainment Group. They hope to make Trafalgar Studios – which they acquired from the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) after standing down as joint CEOs – into the “home of live streaming in London” with a permanent infrastructure of cameras.

Relaxed performances slammed for segregating audiences

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21 Jun 2017

A debate about whether actors with learning disabilities are reached by celebrated inclusive initiatives such as Ramps on the Moon has been triggered by a new paper.

Lottery arts funding plummets by £55m

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20 Jun 2017

National Lottery operator Camelot expects “disappointing” sales to decline further this year.

Arts leaders celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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20 Jun 2017

The Halle Orchestra’s Mark Elder and former Chief Executive of The Place, Kenneth Tharp, are among those receiving top honours in 2017.

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