Wednesday, 25 November 2015
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Arts funding will be protected from cuts as Chancellor George Osborne declares culture one of the “best investments we can make”.

Funding for Arts Council England (ACE) and the national museums and galleries will not fall in cash terms until at least 2019-20. Allaying fears that funding could be cut by up to 40%, Chancellor George Osborne announced today that the DCMS will have its administrative budget cut by 20% but that ACE will be protected. Announcing the Spending Review, Osborne said that £1bn in DCMS funds generate £... read more
Thursday, 26 November 2015

A ten-year strategy for the arts in Northern Ireland is being considered under a new consultation launched by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

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Plans for a re-think on how arts and culture services are delivered and accessed across Northern Ireland form the basis of a new consultation document that Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín hopes will “lead to the formation of the first overarching and cross-departmental strategy for arts and... read more
Thursday, 26 November 2015
The factory
Photo: Copyright: OMA. Image Courtesy of The Factory Manchester
£9m a year in revenue funding has been allocated to the Factory Manchester from 2018-19, the government announced yesterday in its 2015-20 spending review. The money joins the £78m in capital funding already allocated to the venue, part of the government’s £1.6bn investment in capital projects by... read more
Thursday, 26 November 2015

Local authorities envisage a shift away from direct provision of cultural services, but are preparing to lead by articulating a vision, brokering partnerships, and sourcing new funding.

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Spurred by regeneration, tourism and inwards investment agendas, cities are increasingly seeing culture as a mechanism through which they can deliver good quality of life, which encourages people to stay as well as visit, according to a new report. Written by BOP Consulting in association with Core... read more
Monday, 23 November 2015

Advice and resources to help arts and health professionals conduct more robust and credible evaluations of their work are being made more widely available through a new website.

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A free online resource is set to guide arts and health professionals through the “minefield” of arts and health evaluation, explaining how “economic, qualitative and arts-based approaches” can deliver robust measures of the value and impact of the arts on health and wellbeing. The Creative and... read more
Friday, 20 November 2015

Arts Council England NPOs could face a minimum £2,000 a year bill to take part in an ACE-sponsored quality assessment programme being led by a private company.

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A fledgling private research company being funded to assess and benchmark artistic quality will be charging at least £2k a year for organisations to use its system when a £300k trial comes to an end, AP has discovered. Arts Council England (ACE) is currently spending £300k from grant in aid to give... read more
Friday, 20 November 2015

New research investigating the connections between subsidised and commercial theatre finds a symbiotic relationship with public funding at the heart of its success. 

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The ‘monopoly’ arts councils and local authorities have over public funding of the arts has been called into question in a new report. “The distribution of public finance relies on only two types of institution: local authorities and arts councils,” writes Author Dr Stephen Hetherington, “it is an... read more
Friday, 20 November 2015

With support from the Government’s British Business Bank, the Edge Creative Enterprise Fund has been launched to address the “funding drought” in the creative industries.

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Individuals and arts organisations will have the chance to pitch for investments of between £500k and £5m as part of a new £40m investment fund for the creative industries. Launched by Edge Investments, and backed by £26m from the Government’s British Business Bank and £14m from private sources,... read more
Friday, 20 November 2015

Teach the arts for their intrinsic value, says the Head of The Education Endowment Foundation. 

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The Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, Sir Kevan Collins, has advocated teaching art for its own sake, following new research that found no causal link between arts education and academic attainment. “Of course, the absence of evidence is not the same as the evidence of absence... read more