Friday, 29 April 2016
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Following the third year of the DCMS Taking Part’s longitudinal study, a new report reveals who attends the arts most often and why people stop engaging. 

The most committed arts attender is under 44 years of age and female; she is part of an upper socio-economic group, has a job and owns her own home. This is the picture painted by a report on the first three years of the Taking Part survey’s longitudinal study, which has been conducting annual interviews about arts engagement with a group of 4,600 adults. The Taking Part study has been collecting... read more
Friday, 29 April 2016

The outcome of the inquiry into the collapse of Kids Company will have implications for the cultural sector as Government pledges to tighten up its grant-making processes.

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Ad hoc central Government grants given to arts organisations could become a thing of the past following moves by the Cabinet Office to introduce a “new, more rigorous and probing approval process as well as greater transparency”. The move has been prompted by a recent report by the House of Commons... read more
Friday, 29 April 2016

Private sector money linked to public sector policy is giving a boost to employment in public art and the number and value of projects being completed. 

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Rob Farrow via Creative Commons

The value of the public art sector is estimated to have grown from around £58m in 2013 to £70m in 2015, according to a new report by public art think tank ixia. Full-time, part-time and freelance employment in the sector is thought to have increased by about a third since 2013, when research found... read more
Friday, 29 April 2016

Seed funding has been allocated to ten partnerships as part of a two-year pilot project nurturing collaboration between academics and creative small businesses.

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The first ten collaborations between academics and creative small businesses have been awarded £5k in seed funding through the National Academics and Creatives Exchange. The two-year, national pilot programme run by The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE), which has worked in London for the past ten... read more
Friday, 29 April 2016

A two-year programme will commission 15 performance projects to perform live on BBC Two on Saturday nights.

Richard Dedominici
A new partnership between BBC Arts and Battersea Arts Centre will develop a series of programmes on BBC Two that will “explore the middle ground between live performance and television”. The two-year ‘Performance Live’ project will build on November’s ‘Live from Television Centre’ at Battersea Arts... read more
Friday, 29 April 2016

The impact of streamed, screened and on-demand broadcasts on live theatre and touring is to be assessed by a new study.

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A new piece of research into the impact of ‘live to digital’ streaming on live theatre, touring and new audiences has been launched to fill in “knowledge gaps” in the marketplace and “inform policy and investment”. Led by AEA Consulting, and joint-funded by Arts Council England, UK Theatre and the... read more
Thursday, 28 April 2016

Pilot projects in Kent and Gloucestershire have revealed procurement approaches are leaving arts and cultural organisations at a disadvantage, according to NEF. 

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Rick Harris (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Arts and cultural organisations hoping to bid for public service contracts are being disadvantaged by commissioners’ procurement approaches, according to a report by the New Economics Foundation (NEF). Supported by the Cultural Commissioning Programme, NEF evaluated two 18-month pilot projects in... read more
Friday, 22 April 2016

Music teaching provision is becoming incohesive as schools are left to decide whether or not to engage with local hubs, according to a new report.

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The relationship between schools and Music Education Hubs is being put under growing pressure as schools become increasingly autonomous and move away from local authority control, according to a new report by the Musicians Union (MU). The report notes that engaging with their local Hub has become “... read more
Friday, 22 April 2016

£261k has been awarded to eleven of the Arts Council’s annually funded organisations through its new Sustainability Fund.

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Greater Shantallow Community Arts

Eleven annually funded arts organisations in Northern Ireland will benefit from an extra injection of cash to help them build resilience in their organisations and the wider arts sector. Arts organisations will use grants from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s (ACNI) new Sustainability Fund to... read more