Thursday, 30 October 2014
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The number of arts organisations in receipt of three-year funding is to more than double, as the funding body responds to the sector’s concerns.

More companies in Scotland are to benefit from three-year funding, following the announcement of the new Creative Scotland portfolio of organisations that will receive regular funding for the three years from 2015-18. 119 organisations in the arts, screen and creative industries are included in the portfolio – up from just 45 in 2012-15 – making this the largest three-year funding commitment ever... read more
Thursday, 30 October 2014

Changes to charity law will give greater powers to the Charity Commission to tackle abuse and mismanagement.

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The Draft Protection of Charities Bill, published last week, makes significant changes to the ways an individual can be disqualified from acting as a charity trustee. The powers outlined in the Draft Bill will also enable the Charity Commission to issue official warnings to charities about which it... read more
Friday, 24 October 2014

The rapid decline in the number of local authority arts services has sparked a new drive to protect and develop local cultural infrastructure.

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A major national conversation about local experiences of the arts and culture will be at the heart of a new initiative aiming to empower local voices and support local ambitions in wider debates on future national cultural policies, structures and funding. Launched through a collaboration between... read more
Friday, 24 October 2014

Raising the profile of professional performances taking place at some of Scotland’s more remote locations is a key aim of a new marketing push.

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Photo: Peter McNally / The Touring Network
A Scotland-wide campaign to raise the profile of cultural activity beyond the central belt has been launched by the Touring Network, an agency representing venues and promoters across the Highlands & Islands. The ‘Epic Stage’ marketing campaign and a new website have been developed to provide “... read more
Tuesday, 21 October 2014

While the future of the city’s large-scale arts and entertainment providers is secured, the summer music festival has “come to the end of the road”.

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Photo: Cara Dillon performs at this year's Cambridge Folk Festival, which will be managed by Cambridge Live
Cambridge City Council has become the latest local authority to announce the transfer of its arts and entertainment services to a new Trust. Cambridge Live, a new, non-profit distributing organisation, is being set up to take over the governance, management and operation of the 1,800-capacity... read more
Friday, 17 October 2014

The Stirling Prize-winning building is described as “a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre”.

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Photo: Philip Vile
Liverpool’s newly rebuilt Everyman Theatre has won the world’s most prestigious award for architecture – the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize – which is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past... read more
Friday, 17 October 2014

National Lottery revenues in the first half of 2014/15 have soared but good causes are seeing less of the benefit.

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A bounce-back in sales of Lottery tickets since the introduction of a £2 minimum stake in the Lotto draw last year has led to renewed growth in revenues to Lottery operator Camelot. The £3,470m generated between April and September this year was the second highest interim sales figure since the... read more
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

British Council initiatives aim to strengthen UK cultural relationships with India and South Africa.

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New opportunities to develop collaborations and cultural exchanges between the UK and India are to be opened up through a new British Council-led initiative, part of Re-Imagine: India, a research and dialogue initiative looking at the relationship between India and the UK in the 21st century. £5m... read more
Friday, 10 October 2014

A new report concludes that smaller organisations are being squeezed out as their share of Arts Council England’s regular funding awards has diminished.

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New analysis examining the impact of Arts Council England’s (ACE) investment plans for 2015-18 has shed light on the extent to which smaller organisations are losing out on guaranteed 3-year funding, as a trend for fewer larger awards has been established. During a period when the total value of... read more