Politicians back calls to save Black Cultural Archives

01 Nov 2018

As a four-year funding agreement with the Heritage Lottery Fund comes to an end, taking away two thirds of the organisation’s funding, 100 MPs have urged Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright to provide the Black Cultural Archives with a sustainable funding plan for the future.

New campaign for post-Brexit freedom of movement

01 Nov 2018

The Incorporated Society of Musicians is calling for a two-year working visa to allow musicians to move freely around the European Union for a fixed period, if freedom of movement ends after Brexit.

Public supports doctors prescribing dance, poll finds

31 Oct 2018

56% of Brits agree with Government plans to empower GPs to prescribe dance to patients to combat loneliness, according to YouGov data. The figure rises to 69% among those who already have an interest in dance.

Live music industry plagued by institutional racism, MPs hear

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30 Oct 2018

The DCMS Committee has been told that musicians are increasingly coming from wealthier backgrounds as record labels transfer risk to young performers.

More arts education needed to improve surgery skills, says academic

30 Oct 2018

A professor at Imperial College London says that young people need a more rounded education, including creative subjects, to tackle a decline in the manual dexterity needed for practical tasks – like sewing in surgery.

‘Emergency childcare scheme’ for arts workers

30 Oct 2018

Parents and Carers in Performing Arts, the charity that recently uncovered a £3k-a-year ‘career penalty’ for arts workers with caring responsibilities, has partnered with My Family Care for a pilot scheme offering flexible ad-hoc cover from January.

Budget grants more millions to Coventry 2021

30 Oct 2018

£8.5m has been allocated to the city to improve facilities ahead of its year as UK City of Culture in 2021. Part of the funding will be used to refurbish the Belgrade Theatre and create a new talent hub in the building. The announcement comes the week after Arts Council England awarded Coventry £5m to prepare for the programme.

Plymouth Arts Centre to sell building following NPO funding loss

29 Oct 2018

The organisation will cut its visual arts programme and sell its historic building following its loss of Arts Council funding in April. The organisation, which described the decision as ‘unavoidable’, plans to relocate its cinema and film programme to Plymouth College of Art.

Boost for Opera North in £11.6m ACE funding round

29 Oct 2018

The organisation has been awarded almost £500k towards an £18m redevelopment project from the Arts Council’s small capital grants programme. The National Youth Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, both in London, were also among the 36 recipients.

First UK range of ballet shoes for non-white dancers

26 Oct 2018

Dance company Ballet Black has partnered with dance shoe manufacturer Freed of London to create two new tones of pointe shoe. The bronze and brown models aim to address the current need for non-white dancers to manipulate their shoes to make them flesh-coloured.

Canadian doctors to prescribe museum visits

26 Oct 2018

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has teamed up with a doctors’ organisation in the city for a pilot project that will issue up to 50 prescriptions to visit exhibitions as a complement to traditional treatment.

Report slams ‘mythical barriers’ to programming diverse work

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26 Oct 2018

Analysis of a 14-week theatre tour by a black-led NPO finds large and diverse audiences, high ticket sales and positive reviews.

Advice on arts A Levels is not Government’s business, says minister

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26 Oct 2018

Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Education Lord Agnew said that arguments for  music to be viewed as a ‘facilitating subject’ should be taken to the universities.

National Gallery ends corporate partnership with Shell

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25 Oct 2018

The decision follows years of protest and the termination of similar relationships at two major Dutch galleries.

Arts Council grants £5m to Coventry 2021

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25 Oct 2018

The grant will be used to both prepare for the year of activities and fund the programme of work.

Royal Opera House to appeal musician hearing loss ruling

25 Oct 2018

The venue has been granted permission to challenge a ruling by the High Court in March that it was culpable under noise at work regulations for a viola player’s hearing loss, sustained during rehearsals in 2012. The appeal is expected to take place next year.

New bursary for emerging disabled artists

25 Oct 2018

Shape Arts, Disability Arts online and a-n The Artists Information Company have collaborated on the scheme for developing artistic practice. It will launch as a 12-month pilot in January 2019, offering support and advice as well as £1,500 grants.

Elyse Dodgson has died aged 73

25 Oct 2018

The Royal Court’s international director, who was awarded an MBE in 2010, died on Tuesday. Tributes have poured in, with playwright Dan Rebellato tweeting that Dodgson had a ‘global impact on theatre and playwriting’.

Council backs Leicester art centre expansion

25 Oct 2018

Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre, which has already been awarded £4.2m from Arts Council England, has been backed with £1m from Leicester City Council for an expansion that will create a new digital art gallery, two new cinemas, a bar and an open-air terrace.


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