Friday, 17 April 2015
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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.

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 the necessity of the arts and culture in society. Regional re-balancing Labour makes a clear... 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

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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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
Friday, 10 April 2015

Hubs have made “a strong start” but more still needs to be done to boost music provision, particularly for boys and children with special educational needs.

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Music Education Hubs (MEHs) “face continued challenges if they are to ensure effective progression and contribute to a high quality music education for an increasing number of pupils in future”, an independent analysis has concluded. The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) conducted... read more
Friday, 03 April 2015

A Labour-commissioned report argues for devolution of funding and strategy decisions away from Whitehall and for ring-fenced grant-in-aid budgets, claiming it is  “…imperative for the creative industries to be treated as a priority across government.”

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The Government must re-establish the arts as a priority sector and devolve arts funding and strategy decisions away from Whitehall, says a new report, ‘Leading the Field: Review of the Creative Industries’. Commissioned by Labour to inform policy in the run-up to the election, it notes that the... read more
Thursday, 02 April 2015

£10m of DCMS funding will be used to attract more international visitors to the north of England.

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Photo: Under The Stars festival, Cawthorne - Bryan Ledgard CC BY 2.0
Influential travel journalists will be invited to experience festivals and cultural attractions in the north of England following the announcement by the DCMS of a £10m tourism fund aimed at establishing the area as a top tourist destination. The new funding will support tourism bodies in Yorkshire... read more
Thursday, 02 April 2015

More cash will go to fewer NPOs and the Grants for the Arts budget will be smaller than last year.

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Arts Council England (ACE) has announced the final 664 arts organisations that will be designated National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) from 2015-18 – down from 703 in the period 2012-15. Their Grant-in-Aid funding has been assured for 2015/16, but will only be confirmed beyond this following the... read more
Friday, 27 March 2015

Arts venues in Wales have joined forces to implement a new national scheme that aims to provide more consistent and reliable arts experiences for disabled people.

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A new national disability access card scheme, Hynt, has been launched in Wales, aiming to ensure that theatres and arts centres make a consistent offer to visitors with an impairment or specific access requirement, and to their carers or personal assistants. The venue-led initiative, backed by the... read more