Friday, 19 August 2016
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Treasury assurances are doing little to ease concerns, as grants are blocked and funding rounds postponed following the Brexit vote. 

Mixed messages from Government about the payment of European funding are forcing some arts organisations to put their plans on hold. Organisations that were told before the referendum that a Brexit vote would have no impact on their funding applications are now experiencing delays. Last week Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke reassured organisations fearing for the future of multi-year... read more
Thursday, 18 August 2016

The theatre’s business model bears fruit, as a local tech company signs a rental agreement that will deliver an ongoing revenue stream for its artistic and education work. 

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Jill Tate

A commercial workspace that forms part of a creative quarter being developed by Live Theatre on Newcastle’s Quayside is to become the headquarters of a specialist visualisation company, ZeroLight. The commercial letting of the Live Works building is part of ongoing diversification plans by Live... read more
Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The new ‘Spend a Penny’ fund has been launched by the Theatres Trust with support from Susan and Simon Ruddick.

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The inadequacy of women’s toilet facilities in UK theatres is being directly tackled by the Theatres Trust. Theatres are being invited to apply for grants of up to £15k from the new £125k ‘Spend a Penny’ scheme, which has been funded by a theatre-loving husband and wife. The scheme plans to award... read more
Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Feedback on the work of the Arts Council is being gathered to contribute to a wide-ranging review of its role and effectiveness.

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Carlos Delgado via Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA)

The DCMS is inviting feedback on the work of Arts Council England (ACE) as part of a ‘Tailored Review’. The Review, announced in the Culture White Paper, will assess its performance as a non-departmental public body, including the functions it performs and its engagement and influence with... read more
Friday, 12 August 2016

New financial and business models are needed if artists are to secure affordable studio space in a highly competitive property market, especially in London, report finds.

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Artists’ studios and creative workspaces are being squeezed out by intense competition in the property market, according to a new report. The report, Making Space: Developing and Sustaining Affordable Artists’ Studios and Creative Workspaces, reveals that despite the economic, social and cultural... read more
Friday, 12 August 2016

Delivering schemes that close the gap in arts engagement to reach under-represented groups will be the Government’s priority for culture.

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Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has used her maiden speech to endorse plans put forward in the Culture White Paper to increase access to arts and culture. Bradley’s speech, delivered at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, began by noting the “striking” statistics on the economic weight of the DCMS... read more
Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Paying artists fairly is listed in Creative Scotland’s new Arts Strategy among a range of measures to raise the profile of artists and the arts in Scotland.

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A new Arts Strategy setting out priorities and policy directions for the work of Creative Scotland is calling for greater commitment to paying artists fairly for their work to enable them to sustain their careers. The report points out that around 80% of artists in Scotland earn less than £10,000... read more
Wednesday, 10 August 2016

A new internationally recognised qualification will assess practical performing skills.

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A new music qualification is aiming to build closer links between the study of music and the “art and craft of musical communication”. The ARSM diploma has been launched as part of suite of higher level diplomas run by the ABRSM, the UK’s largest music education body, to enable learners to focus... read more
Tuesday, 09 August 2016

Arts Council England has committed £5.3m to a scheme aimed at developing greater resilience among organisations contributing to wider diversity in the arts.

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A new consultancy service supporting equality throughout the arts sector will be launched by Disability Arts Online following the announcement of a £150,000 grant from Arts Council England (ACE). The organisation will use its specialist disability and diversity expertise to help the sector to... read more