All bar UKIP affirm the value of the arts and culture in society, but only The Greens commit to increased funding and a more holistic integration of the arts into social progress.
WMC’s sustainable business model has prompted the award, which goes only to organisations recognised as having achieved the very highest levels of excellence.
A group of venues in the North of England has made a commitment to supporting attempts by new and emerging artists to get their work programmed.
Economists have attempted to quantify the extent to which increased tax revenues and health care cost savings are being realised from arts attendance and participation.
A survey by UK Giving paints the broadest picture to date of donors’ habits and attitudes.
Hubs have made “a strong start” but more still needs to be done to boost music provision, particularly for boys and children with special educational needs.
A Labour-commissioned report argues for devolution of funding and strategy decisions away from Whitehall and for ring-fenced grant-in-aid budgets, claiming it is “…imperative for the creative industries to be treated as a priority across government.”
£10m of DCMS funding will be used to attract more international visitors to the north of England.
More cash will go to fewer NPOs and the Grants for the Arts budget will be smaller than last year.