Wednesday, 30 July 2014
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Investment in R&D, venture funding, and crowdfunding are major missed opportunities for the arts sector, according to a new report.

Arts funders need to do more to support research and development (R&D) and bring the sector in line with the rest of the UK economy, according to a new report by Nesta. The research charity is calling on Arts Council England (ACE) to allocate at least 1% of its budget (£6m a year) towards R&D funding, to help organisations explore new operating models, audience engagement schemes, and... read more
Friday, 25 July 2014

NLGN praises local authorities seeking new models for delivering arts and culture, and calls on more to do the same in the face of continuing cuts.

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Almost 90% of local government workers believe their authority values arts and culture, although funding has fallen by 19% in the last three years, a new survey has revealed. Almost two-thirds report having withdrawn financial support from arts and cultural initiatives in the last five years and 64... read more
Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A lack of focus on the needs of the public has been criticised in an independent review.

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An independent review of the Arts Council of Ireland has recommended a radical overhaul of its policies and practices. Whilst acknowledging that the judgment of the Arts Council has been “expert” in its support of “so many artists and so much excellent art”, the largely critical report has deemed... read more
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Government announces extra funds and ends fears that local authorities will be asked to terminate music services.

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An additional £18m has been earmarked by the Government for music education in 2015/16. The money will be used for music services including the 123 music education hubs, taking the total funding available to £75m – a significant increase on this year’s £58m. The Government has also announced that... read more
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

New proposals for GCSEs and A levels specify the subject content of arts subject qualifications from 2016.

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Proposals for a new syllabus for GCSE and A level subjects including art and design, dance and music have been published by the Department for Education (DfE), together with a consultation document encouraging responses to the proposed changes. The new qualifications are due to be taught from... read more
Monday, 21 July 2014

While NPOs attract regular attenders, independent theatre is more successful at broadening the theatre audience base, suggests new report.

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New analysis of UK theatre ticket-buying has thrown the contrast between audiences at funded and non-funded theatre into stark relief, and revealed key differences between audiences in London and elsewhere. Those with easy access to London’s theatre scene display a more frequent and varied... read more
Friday, 18 July 2014

Just a third of art and design teachers say their subjects are highly valued by senior management – fewer in state schools than independent schools.

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Less than a third of teachers say pupils are encouraged to take art-based subjects, while more able students are actively discouraged “even if they show a particular interest or talent for the subject”, a new survey has revealed. The National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) says the... read more
Friday, 18 July 2014

Arts organisations call for better evaluation tools as research reveals that the cultural sector is under-selling its role in promoting wellbeing and stronger communities.

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Cultural organisations are failing to appreciate the impact they are able to have on health, wellbeing and social capital, according to a new report documenting the impact of culture-led regeneration. Research conducted as part of the AHRC Cultural Value Project took place in three coastal resorts... read more
Friday, 18 July 2014

Arts Council England is preparing to make its funding data more accessible as the National Audit Office reports on Government grant services and a Public Administration Select Committee turns its attention to the accountability of quangos and public bodies. 

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Arts Council England (ACE) is making plans to publish a searchable database of all the grants it makes, AP has discovered. ACE asserts that it is “committed to openness and transparency and this includes being clear to applicants and the public about how we are spending public funds and how we make... read more