Friday, 12 September 2014
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The threat to postgraduate degrees in specialist arts subjects is growing, as public sector cuts deplete training budgets and universities start to close their smaller courses in favour of more lucrative undergraduate programmes.

The sudden axing of a highly respected and specialist MA in Participatory and Community Arts (MAPCA) at Goldsmiths, part of the University of London, has prompted an outcry by current students and alumni, and anger among those about to join the course this month. A petition is gathering signatures in protest of the announcement to students, just two months before it was due to start, that the... read more
Thursday, 18 September 2014

A quarter of a million pounds of savings will be made from the arts council’s internal budgets, but further cuts will be passed onto arts organisations.

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) will be bearing the full brunt of the immediate 2.1% in-year cuts being handed down by the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, in an effort to lessen the damaging impact to arts organisations and audiences. Last month ACNI asked its exchequer funded... read more
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The cost of tuition is still a major barrier to children from lower socio-economic groups learning to play an instrument, report concludes.

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The number of young people learning to play a musical instrument has grown significantly over the past 15 years, with nearly seven in ten children in the UK saying that they currently play a musical instrument. Just over half of these are currently taking instrumental lessons. But despite these... read more
Friday, 12 September 2014

A focus on wellbeing would lead funders to place a greater emphasis on participatory arts, says Parliamentary report.

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Following a year-long inquiry, a cross-party group of MPs has concluded that investment in arts and culture, mindfulness in health and education, a focus on stable jobs rather than growth and more green spaces in our cities are all key to improving wellbeing. Wellbeing in four policy areas, a... read more
Thursday, 11 September 2014

Proposals for a narrower curriculum with less emphasis on performing and composing will pose a threat to creativity in music, say music professionals.

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Government proposals for a new syllabus for GCSE, AS and A levels in music will “do little to support and encourage musicality” and could even “have a detrimental effect on musicianship and the study of musical genres”, according to the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), the professional body... read more
Monday, 08 September 2014

England’s national institutions should pledge their support to the organisers and volunteers preparing for Hull’s reign as City of Culture, says Labour.

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Shadow Culture Minister Helen Goodman MP has written to the directors of England’s nationally funded cultural institutions, asking for their “moral and practical support” for Hull, City of Culture 2017. The letter has been sent to the 15 cultural institutions funded directly by the DCMS, including... read more
Monday, 08 September 2014
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Actors’ union Equity has launched a campaign to encourage pubs and similar venues to put on more live entertainment, and persuade those that do not currently promote live performance to give it a try. The campaign will draw attention to the new licensing laws that make it much easier for pubs to... read more
Friday, 05 September 2014

Fledgling creative organisations will be able to apply for ACE-backed loans to enable them to pursue projects that may not be eligible for cash from mainstream lenders.

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Barriers to obtaining sustainable funding for creative businesses are being lowered with the launch of the Creative Industry Finance (CIF) initiative across England at the end of this month. Launched as a pilot scheme in 2012, CIF will offer up to twelve hours of free sector-specific business... read more
Friday, 05 September 2014

Enthusiasm for the arts matches that for sport, and younger people are the most engaged of all, according to new research examining attitudes to the arts and culture in the UK.

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A slightly higher proportion of UK adults have an interest in arts and culture (87%) than have an interest in sports (84%), according to the latest research into attitudes to the arts, although there are significant differences between men and women, with sports interest biased towards men, and... read more