‘It’s career suicide’: arts sector muzzled over Brexit

17 Jan 2020

ArtsProfessional’s Freedom of Expression survey reveals widespread fears of being labelled pro-Brexit and evidence of Brexit views affecting artistic and funding decisions.

Europe-wide project aims to create network of minority theatres

04 May 2017

(IN CROATIAN) Five minority theatres in Romania, Italy, Serbia, Albania and Croatia will combine to produce a play and a series of workshops in Spring 2018 using European Union funding.

New York opera security scare after powder sprinkled into orchestra pit

31 Oct 2016

The Metropolitan Opera cancelled a performance during the interval as a safety precaution after somebody sprinkled an unknown powder into the pit.

Library scoops £3,000 in the National Lottery Awards

25 Aug 2016

St Helens Libraries’ Cultural Hubs attracted over 2,000 votes to be named Best Arts Project for its work promoting health and wellbeing.

New partnership to support Midlands dancers

29 Jan 2020

A new partnership will provide training and treatments for dancers in the Midlands.

DANCE CLINIC will work with Birmingham's DanceXchange to provide professional screenings, injury prevention strategies and career development.

About 40 dance students have already been screened for posture, balance and exisiting injuries as the scheme launches.

£4.5m to reopen troubled Welsh art centre

29 Jan 2020

Plans for £4.5m works to reopen a troubled arts centre in Wales have been announced.

Awen Cultural Trust want to retain and enhance the Gothic architecture of the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd. The main hall area will be refurbished with new seating and a stage area, with dressing rooms nearby.

The centre has been closed twice in the last four years. These plans are the outcome of talks between the trust and local authorities since June.


Swansea theatre to become cultural hub

28 Jan 2020

Swansea's historic Grand Theatre will become a cultural and digital hub for diverse communities.

Race Council Cymru, the country’s lead umbrella body for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, will begin upgrading the 123-year-old building's Arts Wing later this month, and a diverse art programme will be delivered from next year.

About 20 community groups, including the African Community Centre, the Chinese in Wales Association, and the Swansea Women’s Asylum Seeker & Refugee Support Group, have been leading consultation on the project.

Music venues' business rates cut in half

28 Jan 2020

Trade organisations are celebrating the Government's decision to cut business rates for small and medium-sized grassroots music venues by 50%.

The announcement, which tallies with a pledge in the Conservative Party's election manifesto, will save 230 venues an average of £7500 each per year, totalling about £1.7m.

Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd called it "another foundation stone" in support for grassroots music but said it was time for recording, streaming and publishing interests to "play their part".

"Billions of pounds in revenue are being generated in the music industry from the music that is tested, developed, finds its audience and emerges from these vital spaces."

Kelly Wood of the Musicians' Union said the body was "pleased to see the Government finally respond to the needs of the grassroot music venues".Further lobbying is still needed to protect venues from closure, Wood said.


What makes an ‘arts-rich’ school?

27 Jan 2020

Two West Yorkshire schools decided to put the arts at the heart of their curriculum. They found different challenges – but had similar successes.

Can libraries deliver culture for all? ACE’s new strategy unveiled

A photo of a man dressed as a First World War Soldier
27 Jan 2020

Children, young people and libraries are central to the funder’s ambitions to enable everyone to benefit from creative and cultural opportunities.

Programme to diversify libraries' leadership

27 Jan 2020

A new scheme aims to "help library services better reflect their communities" and transform their leadership.

Libraries Connected has appointed Birmingham Leadership Institute to deliver the programme in 15 libraries, hoping to benefit those teams as well as the sector as a whole.

Arts Council England's new strategy notes a desire to better fund and use libraries as arts spaces.

Mags Patten, Executive Director of Communication and Public Policy, said the council is "committed to supporting cultural leaders to flourish by addressing issues such as diversity in leadership, opportunities for emerging and early career leaders, and the development of executive skills at senior levels."

Belfast Grand Opera House restoration begins

27 Jan 2020

A £12.2m project to restore Belfast's Grand Opera House is under way.

The 10-month-long upgrade to the 1895 auditorium and other public parts of the building is the first restoration in 40 years.

A permanent exhibition exploring the theatre's 125-year history will be installed following the works.


Neurodiversity guide for creative industries launched

24 Jan 2020

A buddy system could help neurodiverse employees integrate into the workplace, a leading music company says.

Universal Music UK has published a guide to embracing neurodiversity in the creative industries that provides companies with "practical solutions" to creating a more accessible workplace. It addresses areas like recruitment, mentorship, career progression, and neurodiversity awareness education for all employees.

Universal UK's Chairman and CEO David Joseph said the company created the handbook when it couldn't find one to suit its needs.

"Our overall conclusion is that making your organisation ND-friendly is to the benefit of your entire workforce. Everyone should feel comfortable in bringing their whole selves to work."

Scottish Drama Training Network 'integrated' into conservatoire

24 Jan 2020

The Scottish Drama Training Network (SDTN) will "formally integrate" into the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's portfolio.

A statement jointly released by the educators says the absorption of the training network "will ensure the continuation of its highly regarded programme" and placement opportunities for students. SDTN is already based on the conservatoire's campus.

SDTN Director Lucy Vaughan will step down at the end of this month.

Aspiring arts workers ‘destined for disappointment’

23 Jan 2020

New research warns the glut of young people wanting careers in arts and culture will likely cause “downward pressure on wages and conditions in these sectors”.

NPOs carbon emissions: new report reveals good intentions but little change

23 Jan 2020

Research on NPOs’ environmental impact shows a shared commitment to sustainability - but the hard data suggests little has changed.

Circus sector doubles in size while missing out on funding

23 Jan 2020

Circus is booming, but EU research says the sector is “severely lacking knowledge” about funding opportunities.

Fears for Falkirk culture as cost of arts centre rises

23 Jan 2020

The town is divided over plans for a joint arts centre and council headquarters as the bill rises to £53.7m. But without it, campaigners say local arts organisations could “cease to exist”.

€3m project to 'rethink' creative copyright

23 Jan 2020

University of Glasgow researchers are to develop an integrated policy approach to copyright in the European Union.

The €3m project, 'reCreating Europe: Rethinking digital copyright law for a culturally diverse, accessible creative Europe', will produce a series of reports to inform policymakers and "enable new codes of best practice relevant to specific creative sectors".

CREATe, the UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre based at the University of Glasgow, will lead the research consortium of 10 European partners.



Bristol theatre company launches D/deaf directors programme

23 Jan 2020

Bristol's Ad Infinitum plans to launch a new programme for D/deaf directors in 2022.

The theatre company will work with D/deaf artists over the next two years to research, design and "create a platform that will enable D/deaf directors to flourish".

It will also look to diversify its Board of Trustees and develop digital resources for schools and colleges as part of the programme.


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