Friday, 17 March 2017
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The pilot Great Place Scheme will be rolled out to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland later this year.

Coventry, Great Yarmouth and Rotherham are among the areas set to benefit from a £20m investment in cultural regeneration across England. The pilot Great Place Scheme has awarded three-year funding to 16 English towns, cities and regions, to encourage them to use culture and heritage to drive growth, improve residents’ health and wellbeing, and boost tourism. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and... read more
Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The knowledge-sharing Small Venues Network intends to take on an additional 20 members later this year.

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A collaborative network between small performing arts venues in Yorkshire has helped attract work that would normally not come to the region, according to the results of a three-year research project. The Small Venues Network (SVN) is also credited with tackling professional isolation and allowing... read more
Monday, 20 March 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.

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Arts Council England (ACE) has cemented its relationship with Arts Council Korea (ARKO) amidst the fall-out from a censorship scandal, which saw the South Korea’s Culture Minister arrested and the Ministry announce plans for an ‘anti-blacklist’ bill. The two organisations have joined forces to... read more
Friday, 17 March 2017

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

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Arts Council England (ACE) has stated its intention to move all its funding programmes and open grants onto Grantium, the unpopular funding portal labelled a “nightmare” by grant applicants. The national funder has also signalled that its plans for a formal evaluation of the platform will only lead... read more
Friday, 17 March 2017

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


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A pilot programme testing the impact of matched crowdfunding is doubling the amount of funding that successful projects can receive. The scheme, run by Nesta, aims to find out whether linking grant funding to financial contributions from the public can stimulate new projects in the arts and... read more
Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Simon Rattle and Maria Balshaw are among the signatories to a letter highlighting a continued drop in teacher numbers and hours dedicated to creative subjects.

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Brian Slater

Arts leaders have urged the Prime Minister to drop the “un-evidenced” English Baccalaureate (EBacc), which they warn is “damaging the quality of the education offered to pupils in England”. A letter, which was delivered to Theresa May today, had more than 100 signatories, including conductor Simon... read more
Wednesday, 15 March 2017

An inquiry will consider data regarding a future skills gap, the role of a creative education, and the need for greater diversity in theatre.

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An inquiry into how the UK can nurture and develop the skills required to sustain theatre in the UK has been launched by the House of Lords. It will be used as a case study for a wider examination of support for the creative industries, following the Government’s commitment to prioritising the... read more
Friday, 10 March 2017

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

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Kate Bones

Dedicated funding can increase the confidence, creativity and annual income of female musicians, though sexism in the industry remains a challenge, according to an evaluation of PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music scheme. It also finds that the majority of supported projects would not have been... read more
Friday, 10 March 2017

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

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A month before funding applications for its Regular Funding stream close, Creative Scotland has issued a plea for arts organisations applying to “budget realistically and focus on core need”. The funder is anticipating having to reduce its budget for Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) in 2018-21... read more
Thursday, 09 March 2017

Music Hubs could save an average of 476 hours driving a week by switching to online teaching, research suggests.

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Online music tuition can be a cost-effective and practical way of reaching young people in schools in rural areas, providing broadband is fast enough, a new report has found. It also suggests that Music Education Hubs could save an average of 476 hours a week on the road by switching to virtual... read more
Thursday, 09 March 2017

Two art colleges and three conservatoires have been ranked among the world’s top ten academic institutions for their subjects.

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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

League tables ranking the world’s top universities have placed the Royal College of Art in first place for art and design. Its position is based on an analysis of 900 universities, taking into account their academic reputation, research impact and reputation among employers.  Described as “the... read more
Thursday, 09 March 2017

Introducing safe spaces for people with sensory issues is key to creating accessible cultural venues, according to a new report.

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Beth Davis-Hofbauer

Galleries should soften their lighting, avoid bright white paint and introduce chill-out spaces in order to become accessible for people with sensory disorders, a new report has advised. The adjustments would give visitors control over how they engage with the sights and sounds of cultural venues,... read more
Thursday, 09 March 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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An additional £435m in business rate support, including a £300m fund for local authorities to allocate discretionary relief, was announced in the Spring Budget yesterday. The Chancellor also announced the introduction of ‘T levels’, technical qualifications to mirror the A level, and a series of... read more
Tuesday, 07 March 2017

3,500 artists risk losing their workspaces by 2019, according to a new report on the threat that regeneration can pose to creative communities.

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Gentrification and “rocketing” property costs must be managed to protect arts and culture in the capital, a new report urges the London Mayor. Produced by the London Assembly Regeneration Committeee, it calls on the Mayor to protect grassroots venues, publish borough-by-borough data on average... read more
Tuesday, 07 March 2017

The university-led project will record details of venues, musicians and audiences in six cities, to gain a better understanding of the pressures facing music businesses and venues.

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Britain’s first live music census will run for 24 hours from midday on Thursday, 9 March. Volunteers will be gathering data about performances in six UK cities: Glasgow, Newcastle, Oxford, Leeds, Southampton and Brighton. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project aims to... read more