Friday, 28 November 2014
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London’s boroughs are relying on Arts Council England to make good a shortfall in their own arts funding relative to local authorities across the rest of England.

£32m a year could be released from Arts Council England’s (ACE) regular funding of London-based National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) if London’s local authorities were to match the funding proportions contributed by councils to NPOs across the rest of England. AP’s analysis of ACE’s latest figures (2012/13) shows that, whereas outside the capital councils contribute 8.6% of the revenues at... read more
Friday, 28 November 2014

A team making recommendations to the Government on how public money can be spent most effectively finds the impact of culture projects to be limited in both scope and scale.

Photo from the Godiva Awakes procession
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Whilst they have intrinsic social value, the local economic impacts of major sporting and cultural projects “tend not to be large and are more often zero”, according to the What Works Network, an initiative designed to embed robust evidence at the heart of local and national policy-making. Its... read more
Friday, 28 November 2014

Fundraising success at DCMS-funded cultural organisations and Arts Council England NPOs is leading to a shrinking proportion of their revenue coming from grant in aid.

A photo of Tate Modern
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For every £1 of grant-in-aid received by DCMS-funded institutions in 2013/14, 47p was received in charitable giving in the form of financial donations, legacies, sponsorships and memberships. The total value of funds from these sources rose dramatically to £455m last year, an increase of £162m on... read more
Friday, 28 November 2014

A new nationwide network will be issuing a bi-annual call-out for artists and companies seeking support to develop imaginative work.

Photo of a performance by Lost in Translation Circus
Photo: David Street
Opportunities for street arts and circus companies will be the focus of a new network, ‘Up and Out’, which will bring together ten creative organisations from across the UK to support the development of high-quality, indoor and outdoor work. The partnership will be issuing a bi-annual call-out for... read more
Thursday, 20 November 2014

The former Prime Minister says he recognises the value of the arts in the life of the nation, but rejects the use of Lottery money for "government schemes."

John Major
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MPs are not disinterested in the arts, but are “merely overwhelmed by other duties”, and “competing demands – health, education, social welfare, defence and many others – …obviously, must take precedence” according to former Prime Minister John Major. Reported in ‘Create’, a new Arts Council... read more
Thursday, 20 November 2014

Cultural services have seen bigger cuts than social care but are not the worst affected, according to a National Audit Office report.

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Culture has been disproportionately targeted for local authority spending cuts, according to a new National Audit Office (NAO) report examining The Impact of Funding Reductions on Local Authorities. The report finds that in general, councils have tried to protect spending on social care services... read more
Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Arts organisations turn to video in campaigns to raise wider awareness of the value of their work.

Still from the film of a man wearing headphones
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Two short films celebrating the role of the arts in everyday life are aiming to raise public awareness of the arts and the value of arts funding. The Association of British Orchestras’ 90-second video focuses on the work of British orchestras in films, games, TV and radio shows, and rock and pop... read more
Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A manifesto for craft education aims to raise the profile of craft-based subjects in schools, where participation has declined by a quarter in five years.

Photo of teenagers taking place in design workshop
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“Practical steps to secure the future of craft education” have been laid out in a new manifesto launched by the Crafts Council, including five “calls for change”, aiming to reverse the declining emphasis placed on craft in schools. Although the UK is a world leader in craft, employing 150,000... read more
Tuesday, 11 November 2014

It is becoming increasingly less likely that culture and arts services will be able to play a meaningful part in delivering the Government’s ambition of tackling poverty and promoting social justice, the Welsh Local Government Association has warned.

Photo of a young girl drawing
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Local authorities are beginning to warn of “comprehensive service failures as a result of unprecedented budget cuts” in Wales, where culture, sport and leisure services have seen cuts of more than a quarter (27%) and the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), which represents the 22 local... read more