Wednesday, 19 April 2017
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Work with local communities is challenging and most likely to succeed in collaboration with organisations that already target those communities, according to a new report. 

Community integration is often an organic process that “cannot be artificially created” by arts organisations and artists, a new Arts Council England (ACE) report has warned. The review of ACE’s Arts and Communities programme found that achieving the genuine engagement and involvement of local communities in arts projects is a time-consuming activity that depends on continuity of approach to... read more
Friday, 21 April 2017

A new survey will inform how the Arts Council of Wales encourages the arts sector to make a greater contribution to health and wellbeing.

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The nature and extent of arts and health activity taking place in Wales is the subject of a new mapping initiative being undertaken by the Arts Council of Wales (ACW). The research will feed into a report that aims to build up a detailed picture of the current arts and health scene in the country... read more
Friday, 21 April 2017

Young people in creative occupations are almost 50% more likely to have had a parent working in a professional position while growing up, new research has found.

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Diversity in the creative industries is threatened by the prevalence of internships, which act as a barrier to social mobility, a new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has concluded. It is calling on Government to place limits on employers’ use of unpaid interns. Analysis of... read more
Wednesday, 19 April 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.

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Schools Minister Nick Gibb has stated that there will be no changes to either the role or funding formula for music education hubs until at least 2020. The decision follows a Department for Education (DfE) review of England’s network of 121 music hubs over the past year. In a letter to Darren... read more
Tuesday, 18 April 2017

In a new blueprint for economic growth, the Creative Industries Federation is calling for the enterprise zone programme to be extended to the creative industries.

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The thriving creative industries are essential to driving growth and success in the UK and should be at the heart of government strategy, the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) has said. In a new ‘blueprint’ for economic growth it calls for the Government’s enterprise zone programme to be... read more
Thursday, 13 April 2017

Measures for improving governance, social investment and services commissioning by public bodies have been put forward in a report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities.

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The importance of trustee recruitment, training and development is at the heart of a wide-ranging series of recommendations put forward by the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities. In a new report, ‘Stronger charities for a stronger society’, it proposes a series of measures relevant to... read more
Thursday, 13 April 2017

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

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Community Arts Partnership

Arts organisations in Northern Ireland are facing tough decisions after receiving only half of the grant funding they were expecting from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI). ACNI has been forced to withhold the money because the country has been left without a budget while the leading... read more
Thursday, 13 April 2017

New Government requirements will see organisations that employ more than 250 people, on either a permanent or contractual basis, disclose their gender pay gaps online.

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Any gender pay gap in the UK’s major arts organisations will soon be illuminated thanks to new Government reporting requirements. Organisations based in England, Scotland or Wales that employ more than 250 people are now required to disclose each year the disparity between men and women’s average... read more
Thursday, 13 April 2017

A survey of teachers has found that school funding cuts are having a disproportional impact on the arts and other subjects that fall outside of the English Baccalaureate. 

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A survey of teachers has found that secondary schools have “significantly narrowed” their curriculum by cutting back on the range of subjects that fall outside of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). 60% of secondary teachers reported a reduction in the range of non-EBacc academic subjects being... read more
Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A 26% increase in business rates has put 21 of London’s 94 grassroots music venues at risk of closure, according to new research.

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Soaring business rates have put 21 grassroots music venues in London at risk of closure, researchers have warned. The total business rates bill for the capital’s 94 grassroots music venues rose by 26% when the new charges came into effect on 1 April. For almost a third of venues this meant an... read more
Friday, 07 April 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.

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Local authorities should be required to support arts and culture, crossbench peer Nicholas Trench has said. “Every person, irrespective of where they live or who they are, deserves arts and cultural access,” he said at a House of Lords debate last week. “There should be statutory provision for... read more
Friday, 07 April 2017

The agreement will see the two institutions collaborate on creative leadership, global research programmes and community engagement.

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Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has become the latest university to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Arts Council England (ACE). The partnership will see the two parties collaborate on the development of “creative leadership programmes”, collaborative research projects and placement... read more
Wednesday, 05 April 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.

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The BBC is joining up with the UK’s four arts councils to “excite the nation about arts” and increase opportunities for emerging and diverse talent. It will create opportunities for arts organisations of all sizes to show their work on the BBC via a £4m fund, ‘Artists First’, that will commission... read more
Tuesday, 04 April 2017

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

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Many museums are facing a “funding crisis” the Museums Association (MA) has warned, after 24% of museums reported a decrease in public income in its latest sector-wide survey. Although museums were found to be “more popular than ever”, and increasingly working with under-represented groups, the MA... read more
Tuesday, 04 April 2017

Conductor Simon Rattle and CEO of Sistema England Fiona Cunningham are among signatories to a letter decrying a writer’s ‘patronising’ arguments about musical notation.

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Almost 500 music leaders have signed a letter decrying the “anti-intellectualism” of a recently published Guardian feature, which argued children are “locked out” by overly academic music lessons. Conductor Simon Rattle, Artistic Director of English Symphony Orchestra Kenneth Woods, and CEO of... read more