Attitudes soften toward tax-funded arts subsidy

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11 Apr 2014

Public support for the arts has grown over the past 12 months, with improved access being top of the list of objectives for public funding.

Earned income disparity compounds regional funding imbalance

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09 Apr 2014

The combined value of earned and contributed income generated by NPOs in London has grown by £71m since 2010, but the North East has seen growth of just £1m over the same period.

Fresh start at Creative Scotland

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09 Apr 2014

A ten-year plan and a new approach to funding aim to demonstrate more support for arts organisations and provide greater clarity about its role and remit.

ACE impact report in the firing line

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04 Apr 2014

A withering letter signed by senior academics raises serious concerns about the recent ACE review of the impact of the arts and the lack of scholarship and consultation with researchers in the field. 

LSO to revamp intern scheme following protests

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04 Apr 2014

ACE warns that relying too heavily on an unpaid workforce could jeopardise the chances of organisations achieving NPO status. 

Arts and health: commissioning bodies need to be on-side

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03 Apr 2014

Demonstrating the effectiveness of arts interventions in dementia treatment will be key to unlocking funding, says new report.

Arts reach more young people in Wales

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02 Apr 2014

ACW reports highest recorded levels of arts engagement among young people, although participation among adults shows some signs of decline.

‘Make’, ‘Reach’ and ‘Sustain’ are goals for the arts in Wales

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28 Mar 2014

ACW’s new five-year strategy rejects single artform strategies, defines the obligations of National companies and pledges to recognise the role of activity that straddles the subsidised and commercial sectors.

Mayor seeks to prove value of London’s cultural industries

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28 Mar 2014

Boris Johnson highlights recent successes and sets out plans to help buskers and artists, but little is planned to improve access to culture in London’s outer boroughs.

Committee releases evidence in readiness for first hearing

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21 Mar 2014

The first written evidence to be published by the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee reveals deep divisions in the sector over the London/regions funding balance.

ACE rules out separate strategy for rural areas

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21 Mar 2014

Partnerships with Defra, local authorities and LEPs will be key to delivering the Arts Council’s strategy in rural communities. 

Arts impact cannot be proven, say researchers

19 Mar 2014

ACE pledges new funding for research as review reveals the woeful lack of robust evidence underpinning claims for the instrumental impact of the arts.

Culture to be given equal consideration in local plans

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14 Mar 2014

Guidelines for cultural planning are included in new Government Planning Practice Guidance.

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