Thursday, 26 March 2015
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ACE-funded organisations saved £1.25m in energy costs last year and the number of organisations engaged with environmental sustainability is growing.

£11m in savings could be unlocked for England’s arts sector, if all organisations could replicate the success that some have already had in reducing their energy consumption. The latest Sustaining Great Art report from Julie’s Bicycle reveals that two-thirds of Arts Council England (ACE) funded organisations have reduced their carbon footprint over the last two years. This has resulted in an... read more
Friday, 27 March 2015

As a new report reveals cultural tourism generated £3.2bn for the economy in 2013, City Hall plans to help spread the wealth.

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The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has pledged to help London’s niche cultural attractions reach out to more of the millions of tourists that visit the capital every year. 90% of visits by tourists are to London’s top 20 attractions, but City Hall believes they have an appetite for more off-beat... read more
Friday, 27 March 2015

Arts venues in Wales have joined forces to implement a new national scheme that aims to provide more consistent and reliable arts experiences for disabled people.

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A new national disability access card scheme, Hynt, has been launched in Wales, aiming to ensure that theatres and arts centres make a consistent offer to visitors with an impairment or specific access requirement, and to their carers or personal assistants. The venue-led initiative, backed by the... read more
Friday, 27 March 2015

By pooling resources and expertise the consortium aims to become a strong and efficient voice for the dance sector.

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A new consortium of four leading dance organisations aims to create a unified “go-to” industry body for the dance sector. Together, the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association and Youth Dance England, will work to nurture and develop talent, and... read more
Friday, 27 March 2015

As the UK gears up to celebrate three ‘cities of culture’ between 2017 and 2023, questions still remain over how they will be funded. 

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The DCMS has chosen to go ahead with the UK City of Culture 2021 competition, following a consultation that asked whether it should be delayed, given that the European Capital of Culture competition will be hosted by the UK in 2023. The decision means that between 2017 and 2023 the UK will have... read more
Monday, 23 March 2015

Umbrella bodies and venues will bear the brunt of cuts in Northern Ireland, as funding decisions are aimed at preserving the “core elements of each art form”.

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) will be passing on its 11.2% budget cuts by removing some organisations from its Annual Funding Programme and reducing funding for umbrella bodies and a number of arts venues, on the basis that “they have the capacity to generate additional income through... read more
Friday, 20 March 2015

Cuts and restructures have damaged relationships between arts organisations and local authorities, with community organisations and artists finding support harder to come by. 

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Local council support for arts organisations in London is variable and intermittent, and appears to be failing to reach community organisations and artists, a new report commissioned by London Councils has revealed. Potentially reflecting conditions across the country, the report concludes that the... read more
Wednesday, 18 March 2015

A review of Arts Council England’s Catalyst programme reveals a shift in attitudes towards fundraising but delivers little evidence of impact on the bottom line.

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A mid-point review of Arts Council England’s (ACE) £68m fundraising programme, Catalyst, has found that there are “encouraging, positive signs” that those involved in the programme are extending their fundraising expertise, trying out new fundraising methods, and developing more effective... read more
Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Venues that provide a training ground and experience for up-and-coming musicians are not up to standard and need investment to bring them up to the levels expected by audiences, according to the Music Venue Trust.

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The Chief Executive of the Music Venue Trust (MVT), Mark Davyd, has spoken out about the conditions under which small music venues are operating, saying: “It isn’t good enough that we are letting small venues close for the sake of good legal representation or letting venues fall into disrepair... read more