Big changes following business support

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15 Mar 2018

Creative United’s Prosper has delivered business support for arts and cultural organisations across England. Tyler Magas asks three organisations what changes they have made and what advice they would give others seeking business support.

An alliance for culture change

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08 Mar 2018

After conducting a review into governance in the arts, Hilary Carty now finds herself leading the response to it. She reveals the Clore Leadership Programme’s plans and priorities for supporting arts boards.

How to… get the culture of your organisation right

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08 Mar 2018

Good governance is all about the culture of an organisation – and the good news is that trustees have the opportunity to influence it, says Michelle Wright.

When passion becomes pernicious

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08 Mar 2018

Passion drives the arts, but it also leaves the sector vulnerable to inappropriate behaviour. Ruth Rentschler proposes a framework for moral and ethical behaviour on arts boards.

Finding the magic money tree

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01 Mar 2018

By looking at admissions, ancillary sales and affiliation in isolation you may be missing a trick. Tim Baker advises on how to maximise upgrades and offer cost-effective membership benefits.

A win-win competition

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22 Feb 2018

The UK City of Culture competition brings great benefits – to the losers as well as the winners – but as more cities, towns and even villages express interest, Andrew Dixon asks if changes are needed.

Rebalancing funding for rural arts

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08 Feb 2018

It’s not enough for urban arts companies to tour to rural areas - we need to support more rurally based organisations, argues Ralph Lister.

An insight into our green and pleasant land

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08 Feb 2018

Is it possible that our impression of rural touring is outdated and even cynical? Anne Torreggiani and Jonathan Goodacre reveal how wide-ranging it is and who the audiences are.

Rural England: is there an appetite for culturally diverse art?

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08 Feb 2018

New research found audiences in rural Lincolnshire are hungry for culturally diverse theatre and dance, but the provision isn’t there. Arya Madhavan and Sreenath Nair explore the issues.

How we… kept a major capital project on track

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05 Feb 2018

A £37m capital project is always going to be demanding, but throw in Grade-II listed status, asbestos and Roman remains and you’ve got a real challenge. Graham Lister explains how Storyhouse Chester managed it.

Where are our young and diverse trustees?

01 Feb 2018

Given that trustees have financial and legal responsibility for their charity, it’s no surprise many people lack the confidence to take on the role. It’s time to change that, says Michelle Wright

Would you like fries with that?

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01 Feb 2018

From up-selling and cross-selling to ancillary offers of food and beverage, merchandise and even car parking, Tim Baker explores a ‘AAA’ approach to increasing revenue.

More than the remnants of an Empire

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01 Feb 2018

As we begin the process of leaving the EU, our regional museums have the power to change perceptions about Britain’s place in the world. We should celebrate them more, says Jonty Claypole.

Revealing hidden depths

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31 Jan 2018

Arts organisations have worked quietly behind prison walls for decades, but recent government endorsement and high-profile partnerships are helping them gain some recognition, says Dora Dixon.

I may be lying down but I'm not lazy

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25 Jan 2018

Raquel Meseguer triggered a security alert when she lay on the floor at the Southbank Centre. She shares the work she has been doing ever since to help arts venues become more welcoming to those with chronic pain.

An impact assessment playbook

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25 Jan 2018

Undertaking an impact assessment can be a daunting and complex task, but a new European project has developed a practical playbook to make it a whole lot simpler, writes Harry Verwayen.

How to… prevent fraud

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25 Jan 2018

Strict internal controls relating to expense claims, cash donations, online banking and financial transactions can go some way to preventing fraud. Mahmood Reza shares his expertise.

The problem with competitive placemaking

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18 Jan 2018

Collaborative placemaking initiatives could be a much quicker route to regenerating coastal towns than waiting to win the city of culture crown, says Jason Jones-Hall.

The benefits of business support

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18 Jan 2018

Librarians in a London Borough have developed a more commercial mindset and the CEO of a crafts gallery is more confident to approach prospective funders, both as a result of the Prosper business support programme. Bethan Hall Williams explains.

Where are the next Stormzys and Adeles?

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11 Jan 2018

Urban music is an economic success story, but music education is not serving the young creators of this work, many of whom come from diverse and working-class backgrounds, warns Pamela McCormick.

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