Thursday, 17 April 2014
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The Department for Education is warning that there should be no money in local authority education budgets for extra-curricular music and arts. 

Local authority support for music services could soon come to an end following a Department for Education (DfE) consultation which is collecting views about how forthcoming cuts to the Education Services Grant (ESG) should be implemented. The per-pupil grant, paid by the DfE to England’s local authorities and academies, will be reduced by around £200m from 2015/16, and the consultation document... read more
Thursday, 17 April 2014

Creu Cymru is to lead on the development of a ‘National Disabled Visitors’ Card Scheme’ in Wales.

Photo of a man in a wheelchair in an auditorium
Photo: Mark McQuade (CC BY-ND 2.0)
A new national scheme will give disabled customers and their carers consistent concessions at all theatres and arts centres across Wales. The Arts Council of Wales has commissioned the development agency Creu Cymru to lead on the project, in collaboration with Diverse Cymru, and to manage the... read more
Friday, 11 April 2014

Public support for the arts has grown over the past 12 months, with improved access being top of the list of objectives for public funding.

Children in a gallery
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Members of the public feel that public funding of the arts should primarily be used to improve access to the arts, according to the findings of the latest survey of the public’s attitudes towards the arts. The use of tax revenues to fund the arts is more acceptable now than it was two years ago: 56... read more
Friday, 11 April 2014
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The national audience development agency for England will be stepping in after Audiences Wales, which lost its core funding from the Arts Council of Wales in 2011, ceased trading on 31 March. The Audience Agency, based in London and Manchester, will now be working with Cardiff-based consultant... read more
Friday, 11 April 2014
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The arts are a vital asset in the fight against the damaging effects of homelessness, the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner has said. Speaking at a conference on poverty and theatre he said participation in performing and visual arts can limit the likelihood of homeless people’s... read more
Thursday, 10 April 2014
New guidance for copyright holders has been published by the Intellectual Property Office to coincide with forthcoming reform of UK copyright law, which will see exceptions introduced to make the law more relevant in the digital age. Small but potentially significant changes are being introduced... read more
Wednesday, 09 April 2014

The combined value of earned and contributed income generated by NPOs in London has grown by £71m since 2010, but the North East has seen growth of just £1m over the same period.

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Photo: Chris (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Booming box office receipts, increased trading and fundraising success swelled the annual income of London-based National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) by £71m between 2010/11 and 2012/13, but for the rest of the country, the picture was very different. The only region to see significant growth in... read more
Wednesday, 09 April 2014

A ten-year plan and a new approach to funding aim to demonstrate more support for arts organisations and provide greater clarity about its role and remit.

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Photo: Paul Watt
“Today is the beginning of a new phase for Creative Scotland” according to Chief Executive Janet Archer, who has announced the launch of a ten-year plan setting out a vision for the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland. The plan, ‘Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition’, is described... read more
Friday, 04 April 2014

A withering letter signed by senior academics raises serious concerns about the recent ACE review of the impact of the arts and the lack of scholarship and consultation with researchers in the field. 

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Arts Council England’s (ACE) evidence review of ‘The value of arts and culture to people and society’ “fails to meet the standards universally accepted for the conduct of reviews of scientific research evidence”, according to a group of senior UK academics working in the field of arts and health... read more