Friday, 29 August 2014
Photo of a violinist

A new report coincides with a Channel 4 documentary, shining a spotlight on the challenges faced by musicians.

Almost 60% of professional musicians have suffered from a psychological issue and almost half have experienced problems with alcohol, according to a survey by Help Musicians UK. Focused on health and wellbeing, the research finds that anti-social working hours are the biggest concern for musicians, and speculates that this could lead to the psychological issues, loneliness and relationship... read more
Friday, 29 August 2014

More than €5m has been awarded to UK organisations to lead collaborative projects by the European Commission's revamped funding programme.

Photo of the European Union Youth Orchestra
Photo: Peter Adamik
Thirty-eight UK-based cultural and creative organisations are set to benefit from the first round of funding from the European Commission's revamped Creative Europe programme. With UK organisations involved in almost two-thirds of the 58 projects funded, they are the “best networked” in Europe.... read more
Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The contribution that the cultural sector can make to the planning, design and animation of the public realm and architecture should be reinforced, according to an independent review commissioned by the Culture Minister.

digital impression of a garden on a bridge across the Thames
Photo: Arup
Proposals for achieving a step-change in the way that the future built environment is planned and designed are starting to be implemented following the conclusion of the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment (FAR). The independent Review, commissioned by Culture Minister Ed... read more
Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Commissions fail to provide a living for most composers, who earn on average less than £4k a year for this work.

Two-thirds of composers do not earn a significant income from commissions, according to new research. The 466 respondents to a Composer Commissioning Survey conducted by Sound and Music, the national agency for new music, earned an average fee per commission of £1,392 in 2013, but were only paid... read more
Monday, 18 August 2014

Festival-going is on the increase, though cinema and reading for pleasure are still the most popular forms of cultural engagement.

Marginally more adults in Scotland engaged in culture during 2013 than in the previous year, with a total of 91 per cent having either through attended or visited a cultural event or place, or participated in a cultural activity. This is a one percentage point increase on 2012.   Attendance at all... read more
Thursday, 14 August 2014

Audiences draw limited distinctions between subsidised, commercial and amateur theatre and dance performances, according to new research investigating perceptions of cultural value.

Three school girls on a swing
Photo: Tristram Kenton
Amateur performances, while not quite as highly rated as their professional counterparts, are not widely different from them in terms of the experiences they deliver to audiences, according to a new report revealing how audiences value amateur, subsidised and commercial dance and theatre. Among the... read more
Thursday, 14 August 2014

A pioneering collaboration between the city, performers, the MU and local businesses has led to new policy and guidelines aimed at making the most of street entertainment.

New guidance aimed at improving relations between buskers, local businesses, visitors and residents in Liverpool is aiming to help reduce the number of complaints and enable any remaining issues to be resolved amicably. It also sets out the procedures for enforcement, should this prove necessary.... read more
Thursday, 07 August 2014

Majority of stakeholders find the council’s work effective, relevant and fair, but some areas for improvement are identified in recent survey.

Photo of two kids and a man at an arts event
Photo: National Assembly for Wales (CC BY 2.0)
Nine out of ten clients and stakeholders are positive about their relationship with the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) and around eight in ten rate its work as effective and relevant, according to its recent Client and Stakeholder Customer Survey 2014. However respondents do identify some issues,... read more
Wednesday, 06 August 2014

Artists urge employers and commissioners to invest more in their professional development.

Photo of a woman and children painting a mural
Photo: LWT Gunnersbury Triangle (CC BY 2.0)
The majority of socially-engaged arts practitioners feel their work is not valued by the sector as a whole and that there is not enough understanding of its benefits, a new survey has shown. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s ArtWorks Evaluation Survey of Artists also reveals that artists working in... read more