Bridging the academic-classroom divide

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04 May 2021

Music educators often lack the confidence and energy to engage with academic research. Encouraging them to do so may be the way to address the disconnect between the two worlds, argues Dr Steven Berryman.

Time to challenge the hierarchies

Rampak Genteng
10 Sep 2020

With the creativity of communities finally becoming a policy priority, arts organisations could be handing more control over to their communities. Adam Pushkin explains why – and how – that could work.

Arts and health: think big and embrace the opportunities

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22 Jul 2020

A substantial new income stream for the arts sector can go hand in hand with significant savings to the health budget, says Tim Joss. But first we need to move beyond some widespread assumptions that are holding back progress.

No community spaces? No community arts

Four people standing on stage in front of a sign saying 'Save Granville'
22 Apr 2020

Community arts organisations are at the heart of the response to the Covid-19 crisis, but their spaces are threatened by arguments that focus on the economic value of the arts. It’s time we started measuring social value, says Zain Dada.

Stay well, supported and creative: our new microsite for Covid-19 updates

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19 Mar 2020

In uncertain times, ArtsProfessional will be providing regular updates on projects and resources to support wellbeing, careers and creativity in the arts.

Free to speak? Not if you work in the arts

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20 Feb 2020

As ArtsProfessional unveils the explosive findings from its recent Freedom of Expression survey, Liz Hill examines the soul of a sector that believes it is owed artistic freedom but doesn’t tolerate freedom of speech within its own ranks.

Head to head: can a toolkit solve the sector’s class problem?

14 Nov 2019

This year Jerwood Arts published a toolkit for cultural organisations, designed to encourage greater socio-economic diversity in the arts. Julie Lomax, Chief Executive of a-n The Artists Information Company, sees it as a starting point for helping solve the sector’s ‘class crisis’ – but arts consultant Chrissie Tiller isn’t so sure.

Life in the arts across Europe

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27 Mar 2018

Artists from across Europe describe what it’s like to work in their country of origin – from the almost desperate situation for some freelance artists in Spain to the generous support on offer in Arctic Norway.

Being an international in the creative sector

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12 Feb 2018

Julie Bécaud, now a researcher at the Scottish Maritime Museum, explains her first steps into the arts in the UK.

Crashing through the barriers to classical music

04 May 2021

Moving an orchestra into a school sparked a creative collaboration that can be replicated to benefit students elsewhere, write Anna Bennett and Adrian Bending.

Do you really believe theatre is for everyone?

04 May 2021

Stage side seats have historically been free to cheap, so why are we rushing to return to restricted view seating? Fiona English makes the case for continuing digital access.

Why we must put wellbeing first

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04 May 2021

Sebastian Cater says cultural sector managers who make mental health a priority aren’t virtue signalling, they’re leading by example.

Outdoor arts bring creativity to communities

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04 May 2021

Hannah Hartley says the outdoor arts industry’s long-held resilience and versatility has given them the tools to overcome nearly anything, just when it’s needed the most. 

BAME over - the unintended consequences

28 Apr 2021

With a Government report recommending the dropping of the term BAME, people have been challenging Kevin Osborne’s continued use of it. He remains ambivalent about the proposed change.

Culture for everyone in Scotland

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28 Apr 2021

Andy Robertson argues for the cultural sector to become an equal stakeholder in developing a future for Scotland.

Model Music Curriculum is a missed opportunity

28 Apr 2021

Jonathan Savage says the Government’s latest intervention in music education is just another clumsy attempt at curriculum reform. The best thing to do with the Model Music Curriculum, he writes, is to ignore it.

Starting the healing process with culture

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27 Apr 2021

Marie-Claire Daly reflects on what the past year has taught Greater Manchester about resilience and recovery, and what we must take forward to ensure the sector succeeds.

When altruism meets experience

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27 Apr 2021

The pandemic has proved the power of the arts in addressing isolation. Eleanor Sutton shares how a volunteering programme is benefitting artists and the elderly alike.

Working class employees aren’t a ‘risky bet’

20 Apr 2021

The creative and cultural sectors cannot say they value equality while continuing to be one of the worst offenders for prejudice and lack of access, writes Jane Ide.

A crash course in anti-money laundering regulations

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20 Apr 2021

Despite new requirements coming into force more than a year ago, many arts organisations remain woefully underprepared. Mary-Alice Stack offers some guidance.

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