Musicians Union uncovers ‘serious continuing issues’ in music education provision

03 Apr 2019

A new report, which surveyed more than 1,000 instrumental and classroom teachers, concludes there is a “real risk” that children will miss out on the “wonderful world of making music”.

Plymouth specialist arts school at risk of losing funding

03 Apr 2019

A damning Ofsted report has said that Plymouth School of Creative Arts, a free school which opened in 2013 in response to the marginalisation of arts subjects in mainstream education, will have its funding terminated unless it joins a multi-academy trust. The Headteacher has assured parents that the school will make the “necessary improvements” to tackle the problems identified, which include high levels of classroom disruption and persistent absence.

National Theatre under fire for all-male programme

03 Apr 2019

A letter signed by more than 200 playwrights has called on the theatre – which has pledged to ensure 50% of its output is made up of female directors and living playwrights by 2021 – to “stop talking about it and starting programming us”. Presenter Sandi Toksvig added the venue stages “plays by boys, directed by boys, about boys”.

In response, joint National Theatre Chief Executives Rufus Norris and Lisa Burger accepted the new season “fell short” of representing the whole nation, but that an upcoming announcement will see the theatre’s largest stages “dominated by female voices”.

Council agrees crisis funding for Beacon Arts Centre

01 Apr 2019

Scottish Opera 'troubleshooter' Alexander Reedijk has been brought in to lead a rescue bid at the troubled Greenock venue, where six directors have left the board and chief executive Sean Paul O’Hare is facing gross misconduct allegations.

Premature end for 'ephemeral' artwork

01 Apr 2019

A 17,000 sq metre optical illusion celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Louvre museum's glass pyramid left paper debris scattered around Paris as visitor footfall destroyed the paper-based artwork.

Arts leaders slam ‘new paternalism’ of diversity initiatives

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29 Mar 2019

Southbank Centre’s Creative Director has called for a “much more disruptive intervention”.

‘Town of culture’ competition to engage Greater Manchester

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29 Mar 2019

The pledge to set up the programme is part of the region’s first ever cultural strategy, which will run for five years until 2024.

Theatres back offstage diversity initiative

29 Mar 2019

Organisations including Sheffield Theatres, the Young Vic, Chichester Festival Theatre and Equity have pledged support for Stage Sight, a new initiative set up by lighting designer Prema Mehta, which aims to improve the class, ethnicity and disability diversity of technical and creative positions in the arts.

Art is ‘the elixir’ to teach humane lessons, MPs hear

29 Mar 2019

The DCMS committee heard there had been no press coverage challenging the expenditure of £50m on arts activities to commemorate the First World War.

UK institutions collaborate on ‘virtual conservatoire’

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29 Mar 2019

A digital project will enable real-time collaboration across a consortium of six leading training institutions for performing artists.

Tate Modern becomes most visited attraction in the UK

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29 Mar 2019

Total visits to attractions in the UK were up 8.7% on the previous year, driven in large part by regional success and the so-called “Dippy effect”.

Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings to merge

28 Mar 2019

The two Suffolk-based cultural organisations, which originate from the same founders, Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten, have announced that they will merge by April 2020. The new organisation, to be known as the Benjamin Britten Foundation, will unite the Snape Maltings concert hall and creative campus with the Foundation’s collections and archives.

Rebranding for Jerwood Gallery

28 Mar 2019

The gallery on England’s south coast will reopen as ‘Hastings Contemporary’ after cutting ties with major supporter the Jerwood Foundation. The relaunch, set for 6 July, has been made possible through an anonymous donation of £250k.

Four-month delay for new immersive theatre venue

28 Mar 2019

London’s Space 18, originally due to open in mid-April, will now open in September. The venue, spread over seven buildings and 200 different rooms, has had its opening delayed in order to ensure the entirety of the experience “exceeds the highest possible standard”.

New culture and events research centre in Paisley

28 Mar 2019

The University of West Scotland’s Paisley Campus has opened a Centre for Culture, Sport and Events to produce research aimed at cultural policy makers. The initiative is part of Renfrewshire Council’s cultural regeneration plan, which will also see the refurbishment of Paisley Museum.

New home for Jasmin Vardimon Company

28 Mar 2019

The dance organisation will move into a £9m “self-financing, energy-efficient” space in Kent in September 2020, following the granting of planning permission and more than £3m in National Lottery funding towards the project.

Social impact funding to spread Great Exhibition legacy

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26 Mar 2019

Part-grant, part-loan funding backed by the DCMS will be available to creative organisations across the north of England. 

Music stars boost visits to the Louvre

26 Mar 2019

A 26% rise in admissions to the Paris gallery has been attributed to three key causes: the museum’s most popular exhibition ever, on Romantic artist Delacroix; an increase in foreign visitors to France; and a six-minute music video by Beyoncé and husband Jay Z, shot entirely in the gallery.

Record label signs music deal with algorithm

26 Mar 2019

Smartphone application Endel, which produces sounds based on various factors including the time of day and the weather, has been signed on a one-year, 20-album deal by Warner Music.

Singer’s ‘pro-EU’ dress considered too provocative for Royal Albert Hall

26 Mar 2019

Anna Patalong, who performed at the venue last weekend, was forced to change her outfit - a yellow dress with a blue sash featuring gold stars - for the second night of the performance, following an audience complaint.


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