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    How does a dyed-in-the-wool advocate for public subsidy of culture feel about social investment for the arts and cultural sector? Moira Sinclair reflects on what she learned as a committee member of the Arts Impact Fund.

  • The slogan "follow your dreams" overwritten with "cancelled"

    By taking a robust approach to understanding the social class make-up of the workforce, the cultural sector can address entrenched inequalities. Dave O’Brien suggests a way forward. 

  • People dancing at a Jive Party event in London

    Grassroots culture undeniably delivers huge benefits to communities and local economies, but Martin Cox believes it could also resuscitate the funded cultural sector.

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    The Artistic Director and CEO of Chinese Arts Now, one of Arts Council England’s new National Portfolio Organisations, explains how she reached her position.

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    Arts organisations can develop resilient business models by acknowledging that they don't have all the answers, says Julie Aldridge.

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    Leaders in the arts sector need to focus more on self-awareness and reflection, which is why the Boosting Resilience programme has developed a course on reflective journaling. Clive Holtham and Catherine Rogers report.

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    Many children steer well clear of opera, but the artform has allowed primary school pupils in Norfolk to discover new heights of confidence and creativity. Genevieve Raghu explains how.

Readers' Comments

Arts Council Englands budget is around £400m a year, the Arts and Humanities Research Council who are funding this is around £100m a year...
Really wondering if yet more research is the best use of this money - although prepared to be convinced. If there's £2.5 million...
Another £285m for 149 NPOs as diverted Lottery to help government to finance its cuts? That would have DOUBLED Grants for the Arts for...
Freelancers seem to me to be a good solution, and my clients have found that :) I'm biased of course - because I'm a...
Great article. Informative and enlightening, and something I can concur with having worked with 100's of creatives from different...
Ive played Jive party a few times so thanks for the gig! Loads of fun! Im glad you liked the article and your contribution here is really...
Posted by Martin Cox on The potential of grassroots culture
Thank you for spotlighting Jive Party as an icon of grassroots culture. I am responsible, together with a good friend, for the Jive Party...
Posted by jiveparty on The potential of grassroots culture
This is a great article and I strongly agree that financiers fail to fully understand and this even extends to local government and any...
I am chuckling as I read this "new research" because there appears to be nothing *new* about it. I am 53 years old. I, too, was...
The survey window looked ambitious from the start. The relatively focused and guided Music Commission survey was open for around double the...

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