Friday, 27 February 2015
Theatre Royal Plymouth

Two groups of England’s most senior arts bosses have gone on the offensive in an attempt to ensure that the election manifestos of all political parties include a commitment to the fairer geographic distribution of arts funding.

Ten of the UK’s most senior arts professionals are calling on politicians to publish a formal manifesto commitment to making the geographic distribution of cultural funding fairer, and to endorse the role that participation in arts and culture plays in national wellbeing. In a letter being sent to the cultural policy leaders and spokespeople of all the English political parties, a group of senior... read more
Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Lessons learnt through a project in which Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre provided activities and support for homeless people are being shared in a new online resource.

Photo of two men in a performance
A partnership project involving the Royal Exchange Theatre and the Booth Centre, a day centre providing advice, activities and support for homeless people in Manchester, has culminated in the production of an online learning resource, ‘Backstage? Me?’, to demonstrate the power of theatre to affect... read more
Tuesday, 24 February 2015

A premium drinks producer will pay £500k for a five-year deal with Philharmonia Orchestra, involving artistic and cultural collaborations.

Photo of the Philharmonia Orchestra
Photo: Benjamin Ealovega
A £500k sponsorship deal with Chinese drinks producer Wuliangye will see the Philharmonia Orchestra develop an extensive programme of artistic and cultural collaborations across the UK and in China through “a genuinely innovative approach to both funding and partnership itself”. 2015 has been... read more
Friday, 20 February 2015

The benefits of a new tax relief will be restricted to larger orchestras and will exclude instrument-specific ensembles under current proposals.

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Photo: Richard West (CC BY 2.0)
Proposals to restrict forthcoming tax relief for orchestras to specific musical genres are likely to be unworkable in law, according to the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). In its response to the Government’s consultation on the new tax breaks, the ISM is opposing the draft definition of an... read more
Friday, 20 February 2015

Amateur and professional arts organisations are joining forces in a nationwide campaign to encourage more people to try their hand at creative activities.

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Photo: reway2007 (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Voluntary arts activity is to be given a major boost through a new BBC campaign to encourage people to ‘Get Creative’. Billed as “a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity” the campaign will highlight the involvement of millions of people in artistic and creative activities,... read more
Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A Disability Action Plan for the arts in Northern Ireland hopes to raise the numbers of disabled people attending, participating and working in the arts. 

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Photo: Open Arts, by Paul Marshall.
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) is setting targets to increase engagement in the arts by disabled people. In its Disability Action Plan for 2015 – 18 ACNI commits to bringing about an increase in arts attendance by disabled people of at least 2% by 2018 and an increase in participation... read more
Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The final report of the Warwick Commission inquiry finds the future of cultural value as lying in a seamless relationship between the cultural sector and the creative industries, coupled with a focus on enterprise and creativity in schools. 

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More needs to be done to recognise the synergies between the cultural and creative industries, according to the arts leaders at the heart of the Warwick Commission inquiry into the Future of Cultural Value, who have published their final conclusions today. Identifying the two sectors as part of an... read more
Friday, 13 February 2015

Free admission at DCMS-funded museums and galleries has helped boost visits by foreign tourists by almost 40% since 2008/9, while visits from within the UK have increased by just 3% during this same period.

Photo of people crossing The Millennium Bridge in front of Tate Modern
Photo: Mariano Mantel (CC BY-NC 2.0)
New figures published this week reveal that almost half the benefit of subsidised free admission to England’s DCMS direct-funded museums and galleries1 is now being enjoyed by visitors from abroad, who last year accounted for 43% of the 47 million visits to these institutions. With subsidy per... read more
Friday, 13 February 2015

The need to correct the geographic imbalance in England’s arts funding has been proven and it’s time for Arts Council England to “Just do it!”, say the authors of the RoCC report, in their final assessment of regional arts funding.

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Photo: setiadi (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
It is “perfectly possible to achieve a ‘fair share’ [of arts funding] for London alongside ‘no cuts’ to London” conclude GPS Culture in a summary report drawing to a close their 16-month programme of research into the distribution of arts funding in England. Authors Christopher Gordon, David Powell... read more