Wednesday, 22 July 2015
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Spending Review promises “radical steps” towards the devolution of power across the UK and cuts of up to 40%, but Arts Council England’s Lottery stockpile could soften the blow.

The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) is among the Government departments told to model Spending Review cuts worth 25% and 40% of their resource budgets by 2019–20 – the same level of reductions requested ahead of the 2010 Spending Review. But Arts Council England (ACE) may be in a position to raid Lottery funds for a future shortfall, having built up a £325m stockpile from revenues... read more
Thursday, 30 July 2015

Ranging from acting as a critical friend to champion of the arts, a report commissioned by London Councils offers specific recommendations on how local authorities can fill the gap left by falling funding.

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London boroughs must take advantage of their capacities as landlords, planning authorities and strategic brokers and better support local arts organisations, in order to “sustain arts and culture, even in the face of difficult financial circumstances,” according to a report by BOP Consulting.... read more
Friday, 24 July 2015

The legal framework governing freedom of expression is the subject of new guidance for arts professionals planning to programme challenging or controversial works.

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New guidance about the laws and practices that protect free expression has been published by the charity Index on Censorship (IoC) and advocacy group Vivarta, which are producing a series of law packs to address questions about legal limits related to free expression and the arts. The aim of the... read more
Friday, 24 July 2015

A study among charity trustees and chief executives has found differing perceptions of the role of the board.

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A mismatch between the views of chief executives and board members has emerged as a key issue in an investigative report into the ‘behaviours and effectiveness of the modern charity board.’ The report, ‘Governing with Intent’, finds that in general, governance is “much improved” compared to the... read more
Friday, 24 July 2015

The UK’s best outdoor arts companies will be helped to promote and export their work around the globe as part of a new three-year strategic programme.

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Manchester-based XTRAX will be delivering more showcase events in the UK and abroad following a £300k award from Arts Council England’s International Showcasing fund. The money will be used to create Platform 4:UK, a programme that will develop new international markets for some of the best UK... read more
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Dance organisations, galleries and museums across Europe are coming together to explore new ways of interacting with audiences through a three-year European Union funded project. The ‘Dancing Museums’ project, starting next month, will enable five European dance organisations to work with eight... read more
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
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Three organisations have been granted funding for projects exploring the intersection of arts and technology as part of a new pilot programme launched by Arts Council England (ACE) and Innovate UK, a public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. The organisations... read more
Friday, 17 July 2015

Founding trustee William Makower has spoken publicly about how he always intended the NFS to move into the wider charity sector, but the arts sector seemed the best place to secure initial funding. 

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The Charity Commission is attempting to establish “what, if any, regulatory action we may need to take” in connection with AP’s revelations about the activities of the National Funding Scheme, a digital giving platform for the arts launched by former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Last Friday AP... read more
Friday, 17 July 2015

Events which bring together film and live action are becoming increasingly popular, prompting ACE to commission a national study into their impact.

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‘Live cinema’ events, defined as “fully immersive experiences where costumed audiences interact with professional actors,” are becoming increasingly popular across the UK – prompting the first piece of national research into their economic impact. The research project intends to identify the impact... read more