Peston provokes at first Warwick Commission debate

Robert Peston at the Warwick Commission debate
07 Feb 2014

The economic impact of culture is a weak justification for public subsidy, says the BBC Economics Editor.

Funding out of step with In Harmony ambitions

children playing violins
07 Feb 2014

An interim report reveals promising results but an uncertain future for England’s ‘El Sistema’ schools music pilot.

Southbank Festival Wing plans on hold

06 Feb 2014

Southbank Centre is withholding its Festival Wing planning application to allow time for an alternative funding solution to be found.

Shadow Culture Minister stands up for the regions

04 Feb 2014

Arts Council England must act to avert the regional crisis growing from local authority arts funding cuts, says Helen Goodman.

Arts festival to precede Tour de France’s Grand Départ

31 Jan 2014

Yorkshire Festival 2014 will be the first arts festival to coincide with the Tour de France in its 111 year history.

Place-making at the heart of plans for Scotland

31 Jan 2014

Creative Scotland sets out the themes that will guide its work over the next ten years.

DCMS pulled strings to support the National Funding Scheme

31 Jan 2014

The digital fundraising pilot scheme was granted almost £100k from Arts Council England’s ‘hidden’ strategic fund and is now being rolled out nationally.

British Council and BFI partner to run Creative Europe Desk UK

31 Jan 2014

The new service will offer advice and support to UK cultural organisations wanting to broker effective European and international partnerships.

Appetite for orchestra increases but finances continue to be squeezed

Ensemble of players on stage watched by audience
27 Jan 2014

Attendances have grown but orchestras’ finances are being pinched by the popularity of cheaper tickets and falling public subsidy.

ACE budgets £10.3m for hidden projects

a calculator, pen and paperwork
24 Jan 2014

Arts Council England (ACE) is this year budgeting £10.3m for ‘strategic funding’ of projects for which there is neither an application procedure nor a tendering process.

Young Director Scheme expands to reach under-represented talent

24 Jan 2014

Support for the professional development of young directors will be extended to ensure that opportunities are accessible to young people from the widest breadth of social, ethnic, educational and cultural backgrounds.

New figures strengthen the economic case

Violinist plays in a band
17 Jan 2014

Employment in music and the performing and visual arts has been growing more slowly than in the rest of the creative economy, but their financial performance is forging ahead.

Arts organisations to develop ‘Cultural Destinations’

Southend pier stretching to the main land
17 Jan 2014

Ten successful bidders will be part of a £3m programme which aims to develop partnerships between arts, culture and tourism in England.

Parliament to take up the regional arts funding baton

London parliament
17 Jan 2014

A House of Commons Select Committee has opened an inquiry into the work of Arts Council England and its regional funding policies.

Contest for cross sector digital innovations

16 Jan 2014

Nine digital start-up businesses and SMEs are being given the chance to win a share of £225k and to work with cultural organisations as well as big-name commercial brands.

Southbank Centre plans in jeopardy as Mayor supports skaters’ campaign

cyclist at a skate park covered in graffiti
16 Jan 2014

Boris Johnson has issued a statement supporting the preservation of Southbank’s undercroft skate park, a week after a petition against the Festival Wing plans was submitted with over 27,000 signatures.

Research will reveal fundraising progress

09 Jan 2014

A new survey examining revenue models in the contemporary performance sector aims to provide information to help organisations make more from philanthropy and commercial enterprise.

NPO scheme to merge ACE grant in aid and Lottery funding

Man hangs from trapeze in outdoor festival performance at night
08 Jan 2014

End of an era for England’s arts funding as ACE drops additionality requirements and prepares to support core funded organisations from both Lottery and grant in aid revenues.

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