Friday, 29 July 2016
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Campaigners warn that “art interventions and protests will go on” as a five-year deal worth £7.5m is announced.

BP has agreed new long-term sponsorship deals with four leading cultural organisations worth £7.5m. The oil giant has reduced the value of its commitment by a quarter. A similar deal that began in 2011 was worth £10m. The funding sees the renewal of a 20-year relationship between BP and the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Opera House. The money will be used to support... read more
Friday, 29 July 2016

At least £65m is likely to be channelled into the arts in England, after ACE commits to releasing its excess Lottery reserves.

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Arts Lottery funding forged ahead again last year, with Arts Council England’s (ACE) share of proceeds from the National Lottery Distribution Fund growing by nearly £16m to reach £268m. This figure is the second highest ever, just short of the all-time high of £272m in 2014, and £90m more than five... read more
Friday, 29 July 2016

A large-scale study has found that the growth of the festivals is benefiting the tourism and hospitality sectors. 

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Edinburgh’s twelve festivals supported 6,000 jobs and generated £313m for the Scottish economy last year – 24% more than in 2010 – a new study has concluded. Research by BOP Consulting, commissioned by Festivals Edinburgh, found that over 4.5 million people attended events at the festivals last... read more
Friday, 29 July 2016

The UK’s geography of creativity is growing, but music and performing arts are “blind spots” in policy-makers’ support for the creative industries, report finds.

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Motorway towns and big cities have contributed to a 28% boost in creative employment over a seven-year period to 2014, according to a new report by Nesta and Creative England. Areas such as Slough and Heathrow, High Wycombe and Aylesbury, and Basingstoke are identified alongside key creative cities... read more
Friday, 29 July 2016

Artists based in London have been the main beneficiaries of a national scheme to help artists build overseas connections. 

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A national programme offering early stage development funding for artists to build links with artists, organisations and creative producers in other countries has made more than 400 awards totalling £1.6m. But half of the money went to London-based artists, according to a new report.  Jointly... read more
Friday, 29 July 2016

A gender gap in children and young people participating in dance, music and drama activities is highlighted in the latest Taking Part figures.

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The downward trend in the proportion of children participating in some arts activities continued last year, according to the latest Taking Part figures. There have been significant declines in the past eight years in the proportion of five to 15 year olds taking part in dance activities, and of... read more
Friday, 29 July 2016

An online survey is inviting arts organisations to share their views on the potential for regeneration projects to boost the capital’s arts offer. 

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The London Assembly is investigating the potential for culture-led regeneration to expand the capital’s artistic and creative offer, particularly in its outer regions. Arts organisations are being invited to complete an online survey to share their thoughts about how London’s artistic communities... read more
Friday, 22 July 2016

Deputy Chief Executive Iain Munro has said that new arts funding models will have to be considered in these unprecedented times.

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Creative Scotland has warned that the number of Regularly Funded Organisations (RFO) it is able to support may be cut following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. “Pressure on Scottish Government budgets is expected to continue in the coming years,” Deputy Chief Executive Iain Munro wrote... read more
Friday, 22 July 2016

Almost 50 new approaches to finance, collaboration and fundraising have been put forward in the Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry.

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A city endowment for culture and a tourist tax are among the proposals put forward by an inquiry into boosting cultural investment in Birmingham. The three-month investigation, The Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry, was launched in April by Birmingham City Council with support from the... read more