Thursday, 27 August 2015
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A new report by academic researchers finds no evidence that match giving will increase donations to crowd funding campaigns.

The results of experiments using match giving to encourage donations to crowd funding campaigns are “not promising”, researchers from University College London have warned. Following two experiments that tested different methods of match giving the researchers said “[we] cannot be confident that we have elicited any additional donations”. The study challenges existing reports that have found... read more
Friday, 21 August 2015

Budget cuts, the introduction of the EBacc and mass academisation of schools has created a “perfect storm” for theatre companies working with young people, sector figures warn.

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Photo: 'Porst SP Xpro Puppet Parade 7' by J Jakobson (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Performances and tours of theatre for children have been cancelled and organisations are being forced to revise their business models and make redundancies as the impact of new education policies starts to bite across the arts sector. With cuts to schools’ budgets, mass conversion to academy status... read more
Thursday, 20 August 2015

Wiltshire Council has been slammed as “grossly unfair” in its handling of arts funding cuts to Salisbury Arts Centre.

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Three full-time roles have been lost, outreach activities have been suspended, and Salisbury Arts Centre (SAC) is now shut on Sundays after it was forced to bear the full weight of the county’s arts funding cuts. Wiltshire Council informed the centre that it was to lose its £89,500 annual grant –... read more
Wednesday, 19 August 2015

RSNO Composers’ Hub will introduce emerging composers to the business context of a major orchestra whilst developing their skills and contacts.

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A new scheme for emerging composers will support them to gain a full understanding of the business workings of a major arts organisation whist writing for an orchestra in a range of different contexts. RSNO Composers’ Hub, a new initiative by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) supported... read more
Friday, 14 August 2015

A new report summarises discussions between academics and cultural practitioners about the nature of their working relationships.

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Relationships between universities and arts organisations need to become more balanced if they are to deliver benefits for the entire community, according to a new report. Beyond the creative campus: reflections on the evolving relationship between higher education and the creative economy finds... read more
Friday, 14 August 2015

A new guide by Julie’s Bicycle provides advice on integrating environmental sustainability into capital project funding bids.

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Arts buildings must be ecological from conception to completion, making use of innovative design, technological and logistical advances in order to remain sustainable, according to a new guide from environmental charity Julie’s Bicycle. The guide to integrating environmental sustainability into... read more
Thursday, 13 August 2015

The UK’s arts councils are being urged to seek permission to use government funds to provide short-term loans.

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Photo: 'Tonight at 8.30 C31B4811' by The Lowry (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Touring companies could soon make use of arts council loans to ease short-term cash-flow pressures, if the recommendations of a new report are taken up. The report, commissioned by UK Theatre, urges the UK’s arts councils to seek permission from their respective finance ministries to use both grant... read more
Thursday, 13 August 2015

Through visualisation of employees’ contact lists, a new online tool aims to help arts organisations understand their professional relationships and discover new opportunities. 

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A new online tool for the arts aims to help the sector build new and better working relationships and improve organisations’ internal communications. The free-to-use tool, called ArtsAPI, invites arts organisations to upload lists of their employees’ email contacts, then analyses and visualises the... read more
Friday, 07 August 2015

Lottery revenues more than compensated for a fall in Arts Council England’s grant in aid last year, with record ticket sales and a one-off windfall seeing total income grow by almost 6%.

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Arts Council England’s (ACE) income increased by nearly £36m in 2014/15, amounting to £645m from grant in aid and Lottery revenues. According to ACE’s latest Annual Review, a £6.6m fall in its ‘unrestricted’ grant in aid funding from Government was more than compensated for by a £21.7m rise in... read more