DCMS: Arts Council should be development agency

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25 Apr 2017

The national funder is told to focus on financial resilience, transparency and digital engagement in the first review for seven years.

Creative Industries Federation issues election manifesto for arts

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25 Apr 2017

Calls for the creative industries to remain a priority during Brexit negotiations, and for new policies to provide economic security and address the “skills time bomb” in the sector, are among the priorities.

Minister rejects call for changes to music hub funding

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19 Apr 2017

Arts Council England must ensure that hubs do more to promote social mobility, but rural hubs will be offered no extra funding to cover their higher cost base.

Northern Ireland’s arts “teetering on the brink” as funding withheld

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13 Apr 2017

Political deadlock has forced the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to withhold 50% of all grants for its annually funded organisations.

Peer calls for statutory arts funding

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07 Apr 2017

Local authority arts cuts, the regional imbalance in funding and the risks posed by Brexit were all subjects of debate in the House of Lords last week.

BBC joins forces with cultural funders to increase arts audiences

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05 Apr 2017

The Culture UK partnership will develop three arts festivals each year, while a new £4m fund will help arts organisations create work for broadcast and online.

Navigating a different world

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05 Apr 2017

Autism and dyslexia have long been associated with creativity, but is the arts sector doing enough to support neurodivergent artists? Susan Jones highlights some concerns and opportunities. 

Museums in ‘crisis’ as a quarter are dealt public funding cuts

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04 Apr 2017

Despite the cuts, many museums are managing to increase income through commercial activities and fundraising, the Museums Association’s survey has found.

Go-ahead for Woolwich creative district

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30 Mar 2017

The local authority has approved an investment of over £30m for a scheme that will place arts activity at the heart of regeneration plans.

An inconvenient truth

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28 Mar 2017

Joe Hallgarten proposes a new solution to the uncomfortable fact that attendance at taxpayer-subsidised arts events remains stubbornly skewed by social class.

Library funding misses the point, authors claim

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24 Mar 2017

Arts Council England funding for projects to tackle disadvantage is accused of being “window dressing” in the context of local authority cuts and library closures. 

Arts Council collaborates on arts projects with South Korea

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20 Mar 2017

The launch of a joint £1.4m fund comes months after the South Korean Culture Minister was arrested for blocking 10,000 artists from accessing funding.

Arts Council England to move all funding programmes onto Grantium

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17 Mar 2017

A planned evaluation of the much-criticised funding portal will not lead to them retiring the system, ACE has confirmed.

More cash for arts organisations to crowdfund

17 Mar 2017

A DCMS-backed funding programme is set to extend the value of match funding offered to arts organisations raising funds through crowdfunding.

£20m to drive cultural regeneration in 16 areas across England

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17 Mar 2017

The pilot Great Place Scheme will be rolled out to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland later this year.

Navigating change

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16 Mar 2017

Business support provides a lifeline that can help cultural organisations attract new partners, funders, lenders and investors. Sarah Thirtle previews a new programme designed to do just that.

Beware the corporate sponsors

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14 Mar 2017

Can corporate sponsorship have a negative effect on a cultural organisation’s artistic value? Yuliya Shymko and Thomas Roulet share what they have learned studying the Russian theatre sector.

Female musicians empowered by dedicated funding but industry-wide sexism persists

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10 Mar 2017

Women want to be recognised for their talent, but struggle to overcome gender barriers in the music industry without targeted support, report finds.

Creative Scotland warns of cuts to Regular Funding

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10 Mar 2017

Arts organisations working on their funding bids have been asked to “budget realistically and focus on core need”.

Additional £435m business rates support announced in budget

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09 Mar 2017

New ‘T-level’ qualifications will be introduced from 2019, with a Creative and Design strand preparing young people for roles including arts producer and graphic designer.

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