Thursday, 23 April 2015
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A new report calls on the Government to help develop more creative clusters outside London and the South East, to give the whole population the chance to share in the success of the booming creative industries.

Those working in creative roles are not only happier, they have greater job security as they are less likely to be displaced by computers and robots in the future, according to the latest research by innovation foundation Nesta. ‘The Creative Economy and the Future of Employment’ celebrates the growing number of creative jobs available in the UK and issues a rallying cry to the Government to... read more
Friday, 24 April 2015

The arts centre, which has equal numbers of male and female managers, has been included in ‘The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015’.

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Photo: Donald Judge (CC BY 2.0)
London’s Southbank Centre is the only arts organisation to be named in The Times newspaper’s list of the top 50 employers for women. The list is compiled through a comprehensive application process, managed by Opportunity Now, the workplace gender campaign from Business in the Community. There are... read more
Friday, 24 April 2015

Almost £1m is being directed towards partnership initiatives that will generate new sources of funding linked to improved cultural education outcomes for young people.

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Photo: Giulio Mazzarini for A New Direction
Organisations are being invited to submit bids to be part of the ‘Cultural Education Challenge’, a new scheme that aims to drive “a step-change in cultural education for children and young people in London”. Led by A New Direction (AND), the lead ‘bridge organisation’ for London, the project will... read more
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The SNP will back the retention of the Video Games tax relief, but makes no mention of arts-related fiscal incentives.

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The Scottish National Party (SNP) manifesto, ‘Stronger for Scotland’ makes no mention of the arts, but in relation to creativity, says it will “seek increased investment through BBC Scotland so that a fairer share of the licence fee is spent in Scotland... giving a £100m boost to our creative... read more
Tuesday, 21 April 2015

WMC’s sustainable business model has prompted the award, which goes only to organisations recognised as having achieved the very highest levels of excellence.

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Photo: Glenn Edwards
Wales’ number one visitor attraction, the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC), has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The award is in recognition of its business success, achieved in line with the principles of sustainable development – “balancing the social, economic, and environmental aspects... read more
Friday, 17 April 2015

A group of venues in the North of England has made a commitment to supporting attempts by new and emerging artists to get their work programmed.

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New and emerging artists are being encouraged to bring their work to the North of England in a new online guide published by the Venues North group. ‘Routes In: A Guide to Getting New Work Programmed in the North of England’ offers advice on how to build relationships with venues and how to reach... read more
Friday, 17 April 2015

All bar UKIP affirm the value of the arts and culture in society, but only The Greens commit to increased funding and a more holistic integration of the arts into social progress.

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Six of the seven leading parties have now published their manifestos, revealing varying commitment to arts and culture. The Green Party is alone in its pledge to reverse the tide of cuts with an additional £500m for the arts, while UKIP say they would abolish the DCMS. Except for UKIP, all affirm... read more
Friday, 17 April 2015

Economists have attempted to quantify the extent to which increased tax revenues and health care cost savings are being realised from arts attendance and participation.

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Photo: Garry Knight (CC BY 2.0)
People who engage in the arts as an audience member, visit heritage sites, libraries or museums, or participate in sports are more likely to report good health, saving significant amounts of money from the public purse, according to a new report. The latest analysis of the value of the health and... read more
Friday, 10 April 2015

A survey by UK Giving paints the broadest picture to date of donors’ habits and attitudes.

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Donors to arts charities are generous, but few and far between, a new report by UK Giving has revealed. Whilst a typical donation to the arts is £12 – the second largest only to religious charities (£20) in the league of causes identified – just 2% of the population who donated money to charity... read more