Arts organisations back legacy giving campaign

14 Sep 2018

26 cultural and heritage organisations, including Birmingham Hippodrome, have supported the annual ‘Remember a Charity’ week, urging supporters to leave a charitable gift in their will.

Simon Rattle sets up music academy

14 Sep 2018

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) conductor’s East London initiative will offer free training to talented musicians aged 11-18, as part of plans to make the LSO reflective of the diversity of the capital.

Creative Scotland ‘very concerned’ about lottery reform proposals

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14 Sep 2018

The funder says that increasing prize and sales limits for society lotteries could negatively impact quality of life for people and communities across the UK.

Call for free business support for arts sector

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14 Sep 2018

Arts professionals show a “continuing aversion” to the language of business support, despite a strong interest in accessing business support services.

Scottish Government promises new fund to protect culture after Brexit

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13 Sep 2018

The programme will be in place by May 2019, with a focus on international cultural partnerships.

Academics and arts sector join forces in £80m creative clusters scheme

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13 Sep 2018

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council will also support a new Policy and Evidence Centre, aiming to improve decision-making in the creative industries.

Advocacy pack to support arts education lobbying

12 Sep 2018

A new toolkit aims to give activists key facts to make the case for the arts in their local schools and combat the decline in arts provision. 

Wales urged to overhaul international arts promotion

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12 Sep 2018

A British Council Wales report says that “small adjustments to the current system will not yield the necessary major changes”.

Turner Contemporary endorses plans for on-site hostel

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12 Sep 2018

Proposals by the gallery’s original architect, David Chipperfield, would see the creation of a 100-room building on the seafront next to the gallery.

RSC to set up rep company

11 Sep 2018

A group of 27 actors will tour a series of shows to six venues as part of the theatre’s summer season in 2019. The organisation stresses the actors will be representative of the nation in terms of gender, disability, ethnicity, and regionality.

London gets new music education hub

11 Sep 2018

Islington Council has joined forces with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to launch the service, which will offer young people aged 5 – 18 access to sustained music education and the chance to work with professional musicians.

V&A Director calls for ‘hotel tax’ to offset culture funding cuts

10 Sep 2018

Tristram Hunt said that local authorities in UK cities should be able to fund culture through a tax on hotel visits. He accepted this additional revenue would probably go to institutions that had been “absolutely smashed” by cuts, rather than higher-profile organisations such as the V&A.ay

Equity welcomes decision to scrap proposed tax hike

10 Sep 2018

Government plans to increase the cost of National Insurance payments to access state benefits – including maternity allowance – for those earning less than £6,205 a year have been ditched. The membership body said the move was “excellent” for arts workers.

Disabled people more engaged with arts than ever, figures reveal

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07 Sep 2018

Data from the Government’s Taking Part survey also suggests that 2017/18 saw record levels of arts engagement in England as a whole, though changes to the questionnaire could be skewing the findings.

MPs hammer ticket resale industry

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07 Sep 2018

Politicians questioned major ticket resellers on their ability to distinguish genuine ticket buyers from ‘bots’ and why the industry seems plagued by low approval ratings.

Manchester Science Festival loses partners in protest at links to Shell

07 Sep 2018

Three of the 160 partners withdrew from the event, organised by the Science and Industry Museum, after hearing Shell would be sponsoring the centrepiece exhibition. A petition protesting ties between the festival and the oil giant has reached 57,000 signatures.

Tell us how to do better, says culture lead for Nine Elms regeneration

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07 Sep 2018

Michelle Walker said she welcomed ongoing dialogue with residents as she takes on responsibility for culture in a project that will see the creation of 20,000 new homes.

Camelot revamps prize draws to boost returns to good causes

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07 Sep 2018

The public’s growing preference for scratch cards and instant win games is eroding the proportion of sales that go to good causes.

Arts Council not yet an ‘effective ally’ for disabled people, says diversity chief

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07 Sep 2018

Abid Hussain urged his organisation to employ more deaf and disabled people in decision-making roles.

Research to track pay in the cultural sector

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06 Sep 2018

Employees, freelance workers, artists and business owner-managers are being encouraged to contribute to ArtsPay, the first annual survey of earnings.

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