Friday, 13 January 2017
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£2.5m has been pledged to enable the feasibility study for the £278m venue to be concluded after the Government pulled out. 

Proposals to create a Centre for Music in the heart of London have been resurrected by the City of London Corporation, which has given the go-ahead for up to £2.5m in funding to complete a detailed business case. The vision for a new world-class concert hall, initially put forward by the Barbican Centre, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2014, included an... read more
Friday, 13 January 2017

The new venue will be run by Manchester International Festival, which could see its NPO funding swell from £730k to £9.7m annually.

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Copyright: OMA. Image Courtesy Factory Manchester

Manchester’s Factory has been given the green light after being granted planning approval by Manchester City Council. It has also been confirmed that Manchester International Festival (MIF) will operate the £110m venue, whilst continuing to deliver the eponymous festival once every two years.... read more
Friday, 13 January 2017

An assessment of the affordability, accessibility and spread of dance facilities across London comes ahead of a wider plan for culture in the city.

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indy via Visual Hunt

The Mayor of London is commissioning an assessment of dance in the capital in a bid to discover the sector’s current and future needs, and how best to support its development. This information will be used to inform the upcoming ‘Cultural Infrastructure Plan’, which will establish a “roadmap”... read more
Friday, 13 January 2017

Women are disproportionately burdened with caring responsibilities, which limit income and opportunities for both employed and self-employed professionals.

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The working culture in theatres disadvantages people with caring responsibilities, who are more likely to be women than men, an interim report has found. It also found that over two-thirds of people agreed men and women are treated differently by the organisation they work for after becoming a... read more
Friday, 13 January 2017

Current title holders Hull are encouraging other cities to bid in order to reap the benefits, including increased local pride, confidence and self-belief.

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The competition for cities to be named UK City of Culture 2021 has been launched by Culture Minister Matt Hancock. The announcement was made yesterday at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, the current holder of the UK City of Culture title. The designation City of Culture 2021 will be awarded to the... read more
Friday, 13 January 2017

Public Health England has issued a new publication to help commissioners gather robust evidence of the effectiveness of arts projects.

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New guidance for practitioners on how best to document the impact of arts for health and wellbeing projects has been published by Public Health England. It proposes a standard framework for reporting project outcomes, to enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between... read more
Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Business Secretary Greg Clark has promised that the creative industries will have a big part to play in the Government’s new strategy.

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Andy Paradise

The creative industries will be “at the heart” of the Government’s upcoming industrial strategy and have a “big part to play”, cabinet ministers have promised. Recognising the industries’ place as the UK’s fastest growing sector, both Culture Secretary Karen Bradley and Business Secretary Greg... read more
Friday, 06 January 2017

Indhu Rubasingham, Jatinder Verma and Caroline Miller are among the arts figures honoured in 2017.

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Erin Brown-John

The former Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Sir Richard Eyre, and renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie are among the arts leaders to be celebrated with an honour in 2017. They are to receive the Order of the Companions of Honour, held by no more than 65 individuals and the sovereign... read more
Thursday, 22 December 2016

A successful bid would make The Factory the sixth largest National Portfolio Organisation.

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OMA. Image Courtesy of The Factory Manchester

Manchester City Council is preparing an application for £9m in annual Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funding for The Factory. A successful bid would make The Factory the sixth largest NPO, behind Opera North on £10.4m, and ahead of Birmingham Royal Ballet on £7.9m... read more
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A new report claims hubs support the wider creative economy, but reductive evaluations of their worth are unhelpful.

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Creative hubs are a “worldwide phenomenon”, but “still largely misunderstood and often undervalued”, a new report by the British Council has concluded. It adds that positive impacts on jobs, products, urban development and informal education produced by the hubs are obscured by a reliance on... read more
Friday, 16 December 2016

National companies funded directly by the Government have reacted positively to the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2017/18, given the wider economic context.

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Arts organisations in Scotland are preparing for a funding standstill next year, despite government plans for a £13m increase in the culture budget. The Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2017/18 would leave the National Performing Companies budget at £22.9m, identical to the amount promised in... read more
Friday, 16 December 2016

The new body will be worth £40m a year to the Welsh economy and sustain 850 jobs, the Minister responsible for Culture has claimed.

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The Welsh Government is to create a parallel organisation to Creative England to maximise the economic impact of the creative sector in Wales, across the UK and internationally, AP has learned. Called ‘Creative Wales’, the new body is intended to be a “holistic service to support industry from the... read more
Friday, 16 December 2016

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has dispelled fears she was planning on pulling Britain out of the competition because of Brexit. 

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Leeds City Council

Fears that the Government may pull out of European Capital of Culture 2023 following the Brexit vote were dispelled today when the DCMS formally launched its competition for the title. The news will come as a relief to officials in Leeds, Dundee and Milton Keynes, who have all budgeted significant... read more
Friday, 16 December 2016

A digital gallery, loan schemes and public tours in schools and libraries are among the proposals for opening the Civil Service Art Collection to all.

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'St George's Market', courtesy of NI Civil Service Art Collection

Northern Ireland’s Civil Service Art Collection is to be made more accessible to the public and brought into community spaces, including schools and libraries, Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir announced this week. “I am committed to ensuring the art is promoted as a living collection to the... read more
Friday, 16 December 2016

Concerns have been raised about the quality of diversity data, with Arts Council England Chief Executive Darren Henley labelling under-reporting by NPOs “extremely disappointing”.

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Women and those who identify as black or minority ethnic (BME) or disabled are underrepresented in senior roles in the arts, Arts Council England’s (ACE) latest diversity data report has concluded. It also finds that while the number of disability-led, BME-led and LGBT-led National Portfolio... read more