Thursday, 19 January 2017
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Research justifying the new fund failed to include the biggest and longest running arts education intervention in the world.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) have launched a £2.5m fund to rectify an “urgent need” to provide “better evidence” of the impact of cultural learning approaches on attainment, based on a review that failed to include evidence about the impact of the world’s longest-running arts education intervention. The decision to establish the fund was in response... read more
Thursday, 19 January 2017

Negotiations with the EU will need to consider the status of freelance workers as well as employed staff, the Creative Industries Federation has warned. 

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A new immigration system that continues to welcome the “brightest and best” workers to the UK may be difficult to implement in the creative industries, where talent is not always commensurate with salary, according to John Kampfner, Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation (CIF). In a... read more
Thursday, 19 January 2017

Arts partnerships with tourism destinations will encourage public and private sector support for “world-class cultural and tourism products”.

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Henry Iddon

A new £3.2m programme is aiming to enable cultural organisations to increase their reach, engagement and resilience by working with the tourism sector. Launched by Arts Council England, the ‘Cultural Destinations’ fund has emerged from its three-year partnership with VisitEngland. The intention of... read more
Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The new programme is the second collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency.

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Community organisations in Northern Ireland are sharing a £600k investment to support the emotional health of young people across the country. ‘ARTiculate’, funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) and the Public Health Agency (PHA), will see funding recipients deliver custom-made arts... read more
Wednesday, 18 January 2017

A government committee has been warned that a crisis is facing music in Wales and new ideas are essential.

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The Welsh Government must ring-fence music funding in local authorities to address a looming ‘crisis’ in music education, a committee inquiry has heard. It was also told establish music education hubs, similar to the model used in England, and to create a national loan fund to give children across... read more
Friday, 13 January 2017

An assessment of the affordability, accessibility and spread of dance facilities across London comes ahead of a wider plan for culture in the city.

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indy via Visual Hunt

The Mayor of London is commissioning an assessment of dance in the capital in a bid to discover the sector’s current and future needs, and how best to support its development. This information will be used to inform the upcoming ‘Cultural Infrastructure Plan’, which will establish a “roadmap”... read more
Friday, 13 January 2017

Women are disproportionately burdened with caring responsibilities, which limit income and opportunities for both employed and self-employed professionals.

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The working culture in theatres disadvantages people with caring responsibilities, who are more likely to be women than men, an interim report has found. It also found that over two-thirds of people agreed men and women are treated differently by the organisation they work for after becoming a... read more
Friday, 13 January 2017

£2.5m has been pledged to enable the feasibility study for the £278m venue to be concluded after the Government pulled out. 

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Maarten Jansen (CC BY-SA 4.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Proposals to create a Centre for Music in the heart of London have been resurrected by the City of London Corporation, which has given the go-ahead for up to £2.5m in funding to complete a detailed business case. The vision for a new world-class concert hall, initially put forward by the Barbican... read more
Friday, 13 January 2017

Current title holders Hull are encouraging other cities to bid in order to reap the benefits, including increased local pride, confidence and self-belief.

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The competition for cities to be named UK City of Culture 2021 has been launched by Culture Minister Matt Hancock. The announcement was made yesterday at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, the current holder of the UK City of Culture title. The designation City of Culture 2021 will be awarded to the... read more
Friday, 13 January 2017

Public Health England has issued a new publication to help commissioners gather robust evidence of the effectiveness of arts projects.

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New guidance for practitioners on how best to document the impact of arts for health and wellbeing projects has been published by Public Health England. It proposes a standard framework for reporting project outcomes, to enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between... read more
Friday, 13 January 2017

The new venue will be run by Manchester International Festival, which could see its NPO funding swell from £730k to £9.7m annually.

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Manchester’s Factory has been given the green light after being granted planning approval by Manchester City Council. It has also been confirmed that Manchester International Festival (MIF) will operate the £110m venue, whilst continuing to deliver the eponymous festival once every two years.... read more
Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Business Secretary Greg Clark has promised that the creative industries will have a big part to play in the Government’s new strategy.

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Andy Paradise

The creative industries will be “at the heart” of the Government’s upcoming industrial strategy and have a “big part to play”, cabinet ministers have promised. Recognising the industries’ place as the UK’s fastest growing sector, both Culture Secretary Karen Bradley and Business Secretary Greg... read more
Friday, 06 January 2017

Indhu Rubasingham, Jatinder Verma and Caroline Miller are among the arts figures honoured in 2017.

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Erin Brown-John

The former Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Sir Richard Eyre, and renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie are among the arts leaders to be celebrated with an honour in 2017. They are to receive the Order of the Companions of Honour, held by no more than 65 individuals and the sovereign... read more
Thursday, 22 December 2016

A successful bid would make The Factory the sixth largest National Portfolio Organisation.

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OMA. Image Courtesy of The Factory Manchester

Manchester City Council is preparing an application for £9m in annual Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funding for The Factory. A successful bid would make The Factory the sixth largest NPO, behind Opera North on £10.4m, and ahead of Birmingham Royal Ballet on £7.9m... read more
Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A new report claims hubs support the wider creative economy, but reductive evaluations of their worth are unhelpful.

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Creative hubs are a “worldwide phenomenon”, but “still largely misunderstood and often undervalued”, a new report by the British Council has concluded. It adds that positive impacts on jobs, products, urban development and informal education produced by the hubs are obscured by a reliance on... read more