Tuesday, 09 February 2016
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State school art teachers blame the EBacc as young people are steered away from their subject, according to a new survey.

Opportunities for young people to study art and design have been reduced by the introduction of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) according to a new report compiled by The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD). A survey of 1,200 teachers and coordinators of arts, craft and design in England, conducted between June and July 2015, reveals that a “significant erosion” has occurred... read more
Friday, 12 February 2016

Detailed guidance on data collection has been published by Arts Council England, as NPOs prepare for data sharing agreements to become a requirement of funding.

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England’s venue-based National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) could reasonably charge visiting touring companies for data collection, analysis and marketing services, according to new guidelines published by Arts Council England (ACE) and The Audience Agency. The detailed guidance on how NPOs... read more
Friday, 12 February 2016

Funded organisations are advised to consider the appropriateness of parties, comedy programmes and scheduled tweets if the monarch dies.

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National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) and Major Partner Museums (MPMs) are advised to suspend celebratory activities and make an expression of sorrow in the event of a death of a senior member of the Royal Family, in extensive guidance issued by Arts Council England (ACE). The document, seen by... read more
Friday, 12 February 2016

A new survey launched by Sport England will collect the first local-authority-level data on arts attendance and participation in England since 2009/10.

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Local-authority-level data on arts attendance and participation in England will once again be collected through a new survey. Launched by Sport England, the ‘Active Lives Survey’ will ask around 200,000 people across England about their engagement with leisure activities, including sport and... read more
Friday, 12 February 2016

Financial support forms part of a new series of sector-led schemes aimed at breaking down major barriers to young theatre companies being able to showcase their work. 

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Interest free loans to cover up-front production costs are being offered as part of a new programme aiming to help emerging theatre companies to develop and flourish. The Artist Development Programme, developed by London’s New Diorama Theatre, includes a Cash Flow Fund to help young companies to... read more
Friday, 12 February 2016
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A framework giving guidance on how to assess arts projects and programmes aimed at boosting health and wellbeing has been published by Public Health England. It notes that, “while there is a growing evidence base, it is not readily accessible to those whose responsibility it is to commission or... read more
Friday, 05 February 2016

Cultural organisations in receipt of local authority funding are bracing for cuts, but the sector remains optimistic about its financial outlook, according to a new survey.

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More than half of arts organisations in receipt of funding from a local authority expect to receive a cut in funds, according to a new annual survey by Arts Quarter. Despite this, most organisations expect earned income to rise during the next financial year and many have high hopes their... read more
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Friday, 05 February 2016

Lottery funding decisions should be made at sub-national level argues a new report making the case for a radical re-think of arts funding distribution in England.

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Moves by Arts Council England (ACE) to rebalance cultural funding across England are only “a token in the face of the scale of the challenge,” according to a new report, ‘The Next Steps? – a contribution to debate on a new national policy for the arts and culture in England’. The report sets out... read more
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Friday, 05 February 2016

Targeted mentoring, leadership courses and masterclass events are to be provided to artists from diverse backgrounds in the city.

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Over 50 new and established Birmingham-based artists from diverse backgrounds are to benefit from a £60k initiative to develop “the wide range of skills needed to be a 21st Century leader.” RE:Present, which will consist of a leadership course, “targeted mentoring” and public masterclasses, is... read more