Tuesday, 03 March 2015
Photo of school children taking part in a Carnival

The Welsh Government and the Arts Council have joined forces in a national schools initiative that will embed the arts and creativity into the curriculum with a view to driving up educational attainment levels, particularly among disadvantaged students.

A radical five-year action plan designed to bring about a step change in the range and quality of opportunities that children and young people are given to engage with and learn about the arts and culture has been launched by the Welsh Government in partnership with the Arts Council of Wales (ACW). Responding to research showing that pupil motivation, behaviour and educational attainment is... read more
Thursday, 05 March 2015

Owning the freehold of its site will enable Aldeburgh Music to fulfil Benjamin Britten’s vision for a creative campus while creating a new source of income for its artistic programme. 

An aerial photo of Snape Maltings
Aldeburgh Music is on the brink of a deal that will see it acquire the freehold of its site at Snape Maltings, plus a commercial portfolio of residential and retail properties including shops, galleries and two cafés, and further maltings buildings which have yet to be restored. Aldeburgh Music’s... read more
Thursday, 05 March 2015

The major ticket re-sellers have agreed to tell ticket buyers the face value of their tickets as well as the re-sale price, and to provide details of any fees not included in that price.

Photo of tickets
Photo: Steve James (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
UK theatre-goers using secondary ticket websites will know more about what they are buying following an agreement by four of the largest secondary ticket platforms – GET ME IN!, Seatwave, StubHub and viagogo – to provide better information about the tickets listed on their sites. Following pressure... read more
Thursday, 05 March 2015
Picture of a gallery shop
Photo: Simon Mugridge (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Museums and galleries across England are being actively encouraged to think more commercially through a professional development programme and peer-to-peer support network designed to help them generate sustainable income through retail. The Retail Resilience Programme run by the Association for... read more
Thursday, 05 March 2015

More records are smashed as the theatre that places education at its heart celebrates a sustainable formula.

Photo of students at performance of Othello
Photo: Cesare De Giglio
A £2m increase in earned income from theatre and exhibition admissions, educational services and touring underpinned the achievements of Shakespeare’s Globe in 2014 – a year which saw record audience numbers and a touring programme comprising almost 700 performances in more than 80 countries.... read more
Friday, 27 February 2015

Two groups of England’s most senior arts bosses have gone on the offensive in an attempt to ensure that the election manifestos of all political parties include a commitment to the fairer geographic distribution of arts funding.

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Photo: Claire Tregaskis
Ten of the UK’s most senior arts professionals are calling on politicians to publish a formal manifesto commitment to making the geographic distribution of cultural funding fairer, and to endorse the role that participation in arts and culture plays in national wellbeing. In a letter being sent to... read more
Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Lessons learnt through a project in which Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre provided activities and support for homeless people are being shared in a new online resource.

Photo of two men in a performance
A partnership project involving the Royal Exchange Theatre and the Booth Centre, a day centre providing advice, activities and support for homeless people in Manchester, has culminated in the production of an online learning resource, ‘Backstage? Me?’, to demonstrate the power of theatre to affect... read more
Tuesday, 24 February 2015

A premium drinks producer will pay £500k for a five-year deal with Philharmonia Orchestra, involving artistic and cultural collaborations.

Photo of the Philharmonia Orchestra
Photo: Benjamin Ealovega
A £500k sponsorship deal with Chinese drinks producer Wuliangye will see the Philharmonia Orchestra develop an extensive programme of artistic and cultural collaborations across the UK and in China through “a genuinely innovative approach to both funding and partnership itself”. 2015 has been... read more
Friday, 20 February 2015

The benefits of a new tax relief will be restricted to larger orchestras and will exclude instrument-specific ensembles under current proposals.

Photo of a man playing a saxaphone
Photo: Richard West (CC BY 2.0)
Proposals to restrict forthcoming tax relief for orchestras to specific musical genres are likely to be unworkable in law, according to the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). In its response to the Government’s consultation on the new tax breaks, the ISM is opposing the draft definition of an... read more