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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.

City of London revives plans for world-class concert hall

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13 Jan 2017

£2.5m has been pledged to enable the feasibility study for the £278m venue to be concluded after the Government pulled out. 

Manchester Factory gets council go-ahead

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13 Jan 2017

The new venue will be run by Manchester International Festival, which could see its NPO funding swell from £730k to £9.7m annually.

Creative industries to be “at the heart” of new industrial strategy

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10 Jan 2017

Business Secretary Greg Clark has promised that the creative industries will have a big part to play in the Government’s new strategy.

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 Factory Manchester prepares £9m NPO bid

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22 Dec 2016

A successful bid would make The Factory the sixth largest National Portfolio Organisation.

Scottish arts organisations prepare for funding standstill

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16 Dec 2016

National companies funded directly by the Government have reacted positively to the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2017/18, given the wider economic context.

More Grant in Aid must go to regional arts organisations, MPs say

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16 Dec 2016

The DCMS, Arts Council England and national arts organisations must all do more to support culture in the regions, a select committee has concluded. 

Further cuts for Birmingham arts organisations

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15 Dec 2016

The leaders of the city’s recent Cultural Investment Enquiry are demanding “a radical new proposition” for the way the sector and the City Council work together.

Arts funding system causes BAME organisations to fail, paper claims

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09 Dec 2016

BAME-led organisations are short-term beneficiaries but long-term victims of traditional arts funding, a paper has claimed.

Prosper programme to give arts organisations business advice

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09 Dec 2016

Strengthening the resilience of the cultural sector is the aim of a new 15-month Arts Council England programme. 

Collaborating with the crowds

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08 Dec 2016

Crowdfunding is a growing into a vital source of finance for the arts. In their first of two articles on crowdfunding in the arts, Peter Baeck and Sam Mitchell offer some tips on successful campaigning.

Book review: The Arts Dividend

30 Nov 2016

Jessica Tanghetti finds Darren Henley’s book about why investment in culture pays full of soul and passion but lacking a call to action. 

Winners and losers as arts organisations diversify income

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29 Nov 2016

New figures reveal the volatile nature of arts income as National Portfolio Organisations become more reliant on private sources of revenue. 

Museums and galleries tax relief extended in autumn statement

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24 Nov 2016

The £125m tax break will take effect from April 2017, and joins an additional £10m earmarked for culture and heritage projects.

What does a Trump presidency mean for the arts?

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24 Nov 2016

Will Donald Trump, a liberal arts graduate, be enamoured by an industry with an envious return on investment? Or will his government continue a history of half-hearted federal support, asks Craig W Johnson.

£18m drop in funding for the arts as Lottery sales plummet

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17 Nov 2016

Lottery proceeds returned to good causes are at their lowest for three years following disappointing half-year ticket sales. 

East of England LEPs leap into action with arts initiatives

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17 Nov 2016

Two Local Enterprise Partnerships have announced plans to work with Arts Council England to make the most of their regions’ creative assets, boost jobs and drive growth.

International activity financially ‘worth it’ for arts organisations

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14 Nov 2016

Over half of Arts Council England’s NPOs are reaping rewards working internationally, but larger organisations and those based in London tend to benefit most financially.

Arts Council Chair celebrates sector’s entrepreneurial flair

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11 Nov 2016

As he prepares to step down, Sir Peter Bazalgette has said he’s pleased with NPOs’ progress but that board members need to get more directly involved with fundraising. 

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