Friday, 20 November 2015
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Arts Council England NPOs could face a minimum £2,000 a year bill to take part in an ACE-sponsored quality assessment programme being led by a private company.

A fledgling private research company being funded to assess and benchmark artistic quality will be charging at least £2k a year for organisations to use its system when a £300k trial comes to an end, AP has discovered. Arts Council England (ACE) is currently spending £300k from grant in aid to give 150 of its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) the chance to trial a new digital ‘platform’,... read more
Monday, 23 November 2015

Advice and resources to help arts and health professionals conduct more robust and credible evaluations of their work are being made more widely available through a new website.

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A free online resource is set to guide arts and health professionals through the “minefield” of arts and health evaluation, explaining how “economic, qualitative and arts-based approaches” can deliver robust measures of the value and impact of the arts on health and wellbeing. The Creative and... read more
Friday, 20 November 2015

New research investigating the connections between subsidised and commercial theatre finds a symbiotic relationship with public funding at the heart of its success. 

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Photo: Eva Rinaldi (CC BY-SA 2.0)
The ‘monopoly’ arts councils and local authorities have over public funding of the arts has been called into question in a new report. “The distribution of public finance relies on only two types of institution: local authorities and arts councils,” writes Author Dr Stephen Hetherington, “it is an... read more
Friday, 20 November 2015

With support from the Government’s British Business Bank, the Edge Creative Enterprise Fund has been launched to address the “funding drought” in the creative industries.

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Individuals and arts organisations will have the chance to pitch for investments of between £500k and £5m as part of a new £40m investment fund for the creative industries. Launched by Edge Investments, and backed by £26m from the Government’s British Business Bank and £14m from private sources,... read more
Friday, 20 November 2015

Teach the arts for their intrinsic value, says the Head of The Education Endowment Foundation. 

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The Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, Sir Kevan Collins, has advocated teaching art for its own sake, following new research that found no causal link between arts education and academic attainment. “Of course, the absence of evidence is not the same as the evidence of absence... read more
Friday, 20 November 2015

Artists and arts professionals have upped their campaign for art to be central to placemaking by producing a new manifesto.

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A new manifesto for public art is intending to challenge general perceptions of art as an ‘ornamental extra’ and to highlight its role in regenerating urban spaces and “stimulating a successful people-centred economy”. It was drawn up by a collection of artists and arts professionals, led by BEAM,... read more
Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The third public online discussion to shape the upcoming White Paper on culture has been launched, but engagement in previous discussions has been limited.

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Photo: Tommy Wong (CC BY 2.0)
The third online discussion shaping the Government’s White Paper on culture has been launched. ‘The People Challenge’ offers an additional space to discuss how government, cultural organisations and individuals can ensure that everyone can experience and participate in cultural activities. Visitors... read more
Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The two organisations that had their offers of national portfolio status withdrawn will be funded until 2018 under special monitoring arrangements.

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Photo: 'Frontage of the London Coliseum, St Martins Lane' by Andy F (CC BY-SA 2.0)
London’s English National Opera (ENO) and Colchester’s Firstsite gallery have had their Arts Council England (ACE) funding agreements extended until 2018, but neither will be admitted back into the national portfolio during the current funding period. The two organisations were originally announced... read more
Tuesday, 17 November 2015

New online resources aim to streamline tour booking for theatre companies and help venues widen their programming.

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Two new websites hoping to make the process of scheduling tours easier for theatre companies and venues have been launched within as many weeks. Farnham Maltings went live with on 4 November, shortly followed by the launch of the beta version of an online tour-booking service, gobo... read more