Monday, 21 July 2014
Photo of a packed auditorium before performance of Wicked

While NPOs attract regular attenders, independent theatre is more successful at broadening the theatre audience base, suggests new report.

New analysis of UK theatre ticket-buying has thrown the contrast between audiences at funded and non-funded theatre into stark relief, and revealed key differences between audiences in London and elsewhere. Those with easy access to London’s theatre scene display a more frequent and varied attendance pattern than others, demonstrating the value of a concentration of arts facilities, both funded... read more
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Government announces extra funds and ends fears that local authorities will be asked to terminate music services.

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An additional £18m has been earmarked by the Government for music education in 2015/16. The money will be used for music services including the 123 music education hubs, taking the total funding available to £75m – a significant increase on this year’s £58m. The Government has also announced that... read more
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

New proposals for GCSEs and A levels specify the subject content of arts subject qualifications from 2016.

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Proposals for a new syllabus for GCSE and A level subjects including art and design, dance and music have been published by the Department for Education (DfE), together with a consultation document encouraging responses to the proposed changes. The new qualifications are due to be taught from... read more
Friday, 18 July 2014

Just a third of art and design teachers say their subjects are highly valued by senior management – fewer in state schools than independent schools.

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Less than a third of teachers say pupils are encouraged to take art-based subjects, while more able students are actively discouraged “even if they show a particular interest or talent for the subject”, a new survey has revealed. The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) says the... read more
Friday, 18 July 2014

Arts organisations call for better evaluation tools as research reveals that the cultural sector is under-selling its role in promoting wellbeing and stronger communities.

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Cultural organisations are failing to appreciate the impact they are able to have on health, wellbeing and social capital, according to a new report documenting the impact of culture-led regeneration. Research conducted as part of the AHRC Cultural Value Project took place in three coastal resorts... read more
Friday, 18 July 2014

Arts Council England is preparing to make its funding data more accessible as the National Audit Office reports on Government grant services and a Public Administration Select Committee turns its attention to the accountability of quangos and public bodies. 

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Arts Council England (ACE) is making plans to publish a searchable database of all the grants it makes, AP has discovered. ACE asserts that it is “committed to openness and transparency and this includes being clear to applicants and the public about how we are spending public funds and how we make... read more
Tuesday, 15 July 2014

New entertainment licensing exemptions will apply to local authorities, hospitals, schools, nurseries and tented circuses. 

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A consultation on measures to remove unnecessary regulation from certain small-scale and neighbourhood events has generated largely positive responses, and the Government is now preparing to use a Legislative Reform Order to make changes to Entertainment Licensing. The reform will mean that local... read more
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
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A new website dedicated to creating more international opportunities for Deaf and disabled artists is aiming to draw the attention of arts professionals, venue programmers and arts curators to the work of disabled artists and disabled-led companies from around the world. Run by the British Council... read more
Friday, 11 July 2014

NPOs that focus on touring and those working with young people were twice as likely to experience cuts in the latest round of funding.

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A number of highly respected organisations are left reeling following the announcement last week that their National Portfolio funding will not be renewed for 2015-18. Amongst them are touring organisations Propeller Theatre Company, which will lose almost 20% of its revenue with the loss of its £... read more