Friday, 24 February 2017
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The biggest ever invitation to tender issued by Arts Council England is for a contract to deliver a standardised system for quantifying artistic quality, which 300 larger arts organisations will be required to use.

Arts Council England (ACE) has published a £2.7m invitation to tender – its biggest ever contract – for the delivery of a monitoring system that will measure the artistic quality of its National Portfolio Organisations’ (NPOs) work. ACE is pressing ahead with the system despite serious concerns raised following a pilot project last year to test such a system among 150 NPOs. An independent review... read more
Friday, 24 February 2017

A new report is calling on public bodies to use their powers to support and protect cultural hubs, music venues and nightclubs.

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Councils, city authorities and national government could all take positive steps to boost the role of creative businesses in the night-time economy, according to a new report published by the Creative Industries Federation (CIF). Local authorities with new powers to adjust and retain business rates... read more
Friday, 24 February 2017

A 70k shortfall in subscribers has forced Canvas to switch focus from commercialising videos to providing digital services and training.

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Low subscriber rates, minimal commercial opportunities and barriers to entry for arts organisations have forced Arts Council England (ACE)’s £1.8m Youtube network for the arts to readjust as it enters its final year of funding. Canvas will no longer require arts organisations signing up to the... read more
Friday, 24 February 2017

A ‘three-way’ agreement signals a commitment to cultural education, continuing professional development and place-making in the city.

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Arts Council England (ACE) has signed a three-way Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Salford and Salford City Council, to provide opportunities for local communities to get involved in arts and culture “at many different levels”. This follows similar agreements signed with Bristol... read more
Friday, 24 February 2017

Arts Council England’s £37m NPO budget increase will be mostly used for organisations outside of London.

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The majority of organisations applying to join Arts Council England’s (ACE) National Portfolio for the first time from 2018 are self-defined as diverse-led, according to Eddie de Souza, Director of ACE’s Investment Centre. Speaking in a recent podcast, he said: “What is really interesting in the... read more
Friday, 24 February 2017

Evidence around business support will contribute to a review of provision and a resource for creative and cultural organisations.

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A call for evidence around the provision of business support to creative and cultural organisations has been issued by an Arts Council England-funded research project. As part of a new programme of business support for the arts, called Prosper, researchers at Coventry University are investigating... read more
Friday, 17 February 2017

The Welsh Government fund aims to start helping young people develop their musical talents by 2020.

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A National Endowment for Music targeted at young people in Wales has been established with a £1m grant from the Welsh Government. The scheme aims to create new opportunities for young people’s musical talents to be identified and nurtured. It will support all forms of musical activity and will be... read more
Friday, 17 February 2017

The school will provide professional experience for designers, stage managers and arts managers, alongside training for singers and instrumentalists.

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The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama has launched a new opera school in collaboration with Welsh National Opera (WNO), specialising in both performance and production. The school, based at the Royal Welsh College, is to build on training and residency relationships between the two... read more
Friday, 17 February 2017

Leicester’s De Montfort University is to collaborate with Arts Council England on a pilot programme and a three-year trial.

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Arts Council England (ACE) has revealed details of a “transformative” new plan to spot and develop creative talent in children and young people. Called the ‘Creative Talent Plan’, the initiative is intended to run from birth for the first 25 years of life and will be piloted in Leicester alongside... read more
Friday, 17 February 2017

The Coastal Culture Network will help connect arts and cultural organisations, local authorities, Coastal Community Teams and other local groups.

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A new online network is hoping to revive England’s coastal towns with culture, following the decline of traditional tourism. Launching on 27 February, the Coastal Culture Network will help connect arts and cultural organisations, local authorities, Coastal Community Teams and other local groups. It... read more
Friday, 17 February 2017

The Royal Ballet has committed to sharing its expertise in caring for dancers by partnering with the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science.

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A research project that soon hopes to gather injury and fitness data from dancers at the UK’s major companies and schools has received the support of the Royal Ballet. The company has become the latest organisation to partner with the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS), which... read more
Friday, 17 February 2017

Trading Standards is powerless to investigate a complaint against the Fundraising Regulator by arts charity Children and the Arts, whose accusations can only be adjudicated by the Regulator itself.

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Trading Standards, which has extensive powers to enforce consumer legislation, is unable to investigate a complaint by charity Children and the Arts against the Fundraising Regulator, because the Regulator is a quasi-government body and therefore outside of its jurisdiction. Instead the charity’s... read more
Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Several new national hubs, including theatre-making studios, a centre for experiential arts and large-scale artwork foundry, could be built along the Thames Estuary.

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The Thames Estuary could become a hotbed of creativity boasting several new national hubs, if proposals put forward by London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan are taken forward. He is calling on the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission to commit to a number of large-scale developments, including national... read more
Friday, 10 February 2017

As many as 900 arts organisations and museums could be admitted into the national portfolio in the next funding round.

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Arts Council England (ACE) is preparing to fund as many as 900 National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) from 2018. An ACE spokesperson told AP that 216 organisations could potentially be added to the portfolio, which contained 663 NPOs and 21 separately funded Major Partner Museums (MPMs) for the... read more
Friday, 10 February 2017

ACW Chief Executive Nick Capaldi said he was “saddened” by the apparent clash with Arts&Business Cymru over its funding model.

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The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) has been accused of being “obsessed with the process” and “losing sight of the outcomes” by Welsh Committee Assembly Members (AMs) over its approach to spending. The Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee session was prompted by a submission from Arts... read more