Friday, 02 December 2016
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Failure to diversify will cause theatre to become irrelevant to the majority of the British population, the report concludes.

All theatres should “take a lead” on colour-blind casting and commissioning more work from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) writers, a report released by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has recommended. It also calls on drama schools to subsidise 50% of their places, thereby increasing accessibility for students from low-income backgrounds, and for Arts Council England (ACE) and UK... read more
Friday, 02 December 2016

Progress has been made by a sub-set of organisations that now regularly receive substantial gifts in wills, according to a new report.

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Arts organisations are making progress at attracting legacy giving, but they are still “punching well below their weight”, according to a new report. A survey by Arts Quarter and Legacy Foresight, completed by 116 arts workers, found that 38% of responding organisations received a donation in a... read more
Friday, 02 December 2016

50 arts organisations shared around 60% of the estimated £480m private investment in culture in 2014/15, with London-based organisations being the primary beneficiaries.

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London attracts two-third of all private investment in the arts, according to new estimates. The majority (59%) of income from private sources in 2014/15 was from individual giving, with a further quarter from trusts and foundations, and the remaining 17% from business support. The North East... read more
Thursday, 01 December 2016

Exam board Pearson’s decision to offer the qualification from September 2017 has been welcomed by arts leaders.

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History of Art will continue to be offered to A-level students, after being taken on by examination board Pearson, Culture Minister Matt Hancock has confirmed. In a tweet this morning, the Minister said he was “thrilled” that the subject would continue, as it is “crucial that students get widest... read more
Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Theatres of all sizes can apply for grants of up to £15k, which will be awarded in summer 2017 and January 2018.

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A new scheme providing grants of up to £15k for theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance has been set up by The Theatres Trust, in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation. Open to all theatres showcasing no less than 30 live performances a year, which also have at least a 15-year lease... read more
Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Tate galleries and The Art Newspaper are amongst the first to adopt the new website domain.


Jason Wyche

The first UK organisations to adopt the ‘.art’ website domain have been announced, including Tate, The Art Newspaper, and the Stern Pissarro Gallery. They will join 60 other arts organisations, including the Centre Pompidou, Creative Time, the Guggenheim Museum and Syndicat National des Antiquaires... read more
Tuesday, 29 November 2016

New figures reveal the volatile nature of arts income as National Portfolio Organisations become more reliant on private sources of revenue. 

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Visual Hunt

40% of Arts Council England’s (ACE) core-funded National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) saw their combined income from trading, grants and philanthropy fall in 2014/15, according to new figures published last month. Despite the portfolio’s total income growing by nearly £25m that year, 307 of the... read more
Friday, 25 November 2016

News of the scheme’s holistic benefits follows the announcement of £660k funding to music charities across the country.

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Alan McAteer

Young people that participated in Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) benefited from “clear developments” in confidence, self-esteem, personal and leadership skills, according to a new impact report on the programme by Research Scotland. Young people were provided consistent music... read more
Friday, 25 November 2016

Universities in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter will explore new collaborative ways of working with cultural organisations.

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Max McClure

Researchers from four universities are embarking on a new collaborative project to strengthen the creative and cultural economy in South West England and South East Wales. The GW4 Alliance, which comprises the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, has received funding from the Arts and... read more
Thursday, 24 November 2016

If arts organisations continue to decrease emissions at the current rate, they will be 46% lower in 2019/20 than in 2012/13, a report by Julie’s Bicycle has found.

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Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) have saved £8.7m by cutting greenhouse gas emissions since 2012/13, according to a major new report by environmental charity Julie’s Bicycle. 10,578 fewer tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent gases have been released – a fall of 10% –... read more
Thursday, 24 November 2016

Boys and children with special educational needs remain under-represented in the music education programme’s extra-curricular provision, according to a new report.

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There is no statistical evidence that the In Harmony music education programme is increasing pupil attainment or wellbeing, an evaluation of the initiative has concluded. Attainment has increased in schools participating in the programme but not to a greater degree than in comparison schools.... read more
Thursday, 24 November 2016

The £125m tax break will take effect from April 2017, and joins an additional £10m earmarked for culture and heritage projects.

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John Allen

More museums and galleries are set to benefit from a tax relief worth £125m over the next five years, after the Government widened its new scheme to include permanent exhibitions. The move was announced by Chancellor Phillip Hammond in his autumn statement yesterday. The tax relief, due to take... read more
Friday, 18 November 2016

Trips to restaurants, ‘big ticket’ concerts and going to a comedy show also feature in the UK’s ten most popular evenings.

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More people would prefer to watch theatre than football, according to research by Birmingham’s Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH). A forthcoming report finds 26% of British adults identify theatre or opera as a great evening activity, compared with 17% who said the same for sports. Overall, 45% of... read more
Thursday, 17 November 2016

Lottery proceeds returned to good causes are at their lowest for three years following disappointing half-year ticket sales. 

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The arts are bracing for an £18.4m cut in funding after a significant fall in Lottery ticket sales means the amount available for the National Lottery Good Causes has fallen by £92m so far this year, compared with last. Lottery ticket sales fell by £226m from April to September this year compared... read more
Thursday, 17 November 2016

Two Local Enterprise Partnerships have announced plans to work with Arts Council England to make the most of their regions’ creative assets, boost jobs and drive growth.

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Culture-boosting initiatives have been launched by two Local Enterprise Partnerships in the East of England. A new cultural strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk aims to maximise cultural opportunities by stimulating culturally driven growth in the region. The ‘Culture Drives Growth’ strategy has been... read more