Musicians charity plans Tinnitus research

06 Feb 2019

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has partnered with the British Tinnitus Association to assess the effects, management and prevention of the condition among those working in the industry. Over half of respondents to a HMUK survey in 2015 said they live with Tinnitus.

Birmingham City Council rows back on arts cuts

05 Feb 2019

The council’s previous proposal to slash arts funding by £1m, which was met with vociferous protests from the local arts sector, have been scaled back to a new total of £500k. The council has also created a new £2m fund to support arts organisations in the city. 

Stage set for Aberdeen Arts Centre renovation

05 Feb 2019

£220k has been set aside for an overhaul of the 55-year-old venue, which will include improving the café and lengthening its opening hours, as well as extending the arts centre’s theatre space.

National Dance Company Wales to raise profile of dance across the country

05 Feb 2019

The dance company is working alongside Theatr Clwyd, Pontio, Taliesin Arts Centre and Dawns i Bawb on the extension of a programme it has previously trialled in England, aiming to attract new audiences and participants in regions across Wales.

Church opens new 1,000-seat venue in Wigan

05 Feb 2019

Site operators Today’s Community Church say The Edge, which also boasts a 300-capacity studio space, will be mainly focused on music, but may book theatre in the future.

Huge resale price hikes on Royal Opera tickets

04 Feb 2019

Demand for tickets to Verdi’s La Forza del Destino at the Royal Opera House (ROH) has led them being sold at up to fifteen times the face value on secondary ticketing website Viagogo. A pair of tickets in the orchestral stalls with an original price of £570 is on offer for £6,869 while a seat with “limited or restricted view” in the auditorium, originally £125, is going for £1,872.

A spokesperson for Viagogo told AP: “All tickets on Viagogo are valid and it is perfectly legal to resell a ticket or give it to someone else if you want to. Sellers set the prices, and the reality is that any tickets listed at silly prices rarely if ever sell.”

Scottish council will be first to end music tuition in schools

04 Feb 2019

Midlothian Council is to stop providing musical instrument tuition in schools, except for pupils studying for Higher or National Five exams in music. The authority has informed its instrumental music service staff that nine of 12 full-time equivalent posts will be axed as part of plans to address budget cuts.

Exclusive: Music A level denied to ever more students

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01 Feb 2019

A student’s academic ability and the wealth of their parents are key indicators of the likelihood that they will get the chance to study arts subjects at A level in school, new figures reveal.

Confusion and anxiety as artist studio provider plans 25% average rent increase

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01 Feb 2019

ACAVA’s new Chief Executive expressed regret about causing distress to studio holders, linking the hike to a “critical cash flow crisis” that had brought the organisation to the edge of “almost certain bankruptcy”.

Music education ‘needs to be democratised’, says report

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01 Feb 2019

Formal education is missing an opportunity to support young people's development by failing to recognise the forms of music those receiving free school meals often engage with.

Heritage lottery funding to be further devolved

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01 Feb 2019

Around 80% of the funder’s budget will be decided by English regions, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, a new strategic plan reveals.

Minister blames Labour for Tories' STEM focus

01 Feb 2019

During DCMS questions in the Commons, Arts Minister Michael Ellis denied his party had a “contemptuous attitude” towards the arts, saying "We now want to focus on arts subjects as well [as STEM], including music."

Lyceum Theatre to be redeveloped for residential and retail use

01 Feb 2019

Plans to redevelop the site of the derelict grade two-listed building in Eccles are being supported by Historic England, which recognises the loss of the theatre’s auditorium as causing “a high level of harm” but classes this as “less than substantial” in planning terms.

Local authority culture funding down £400m since 2011

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01 Feb 2019

Councils warn cuts will continue if no extra resources are provided in the Spending Review to deal with the increasing demand for adult social care.

Netflix to adapt stage play for on-demand streaming

31 Jan 2019

The streaming giant will produce a version of Broadway play American Son, which has just finished a run in New York’s Booth Theatre. It is expected to be a “movie/play hybrid”.

Glasgow School of Art defends fire safety approach in parliamentary hearing

31 Jan 2019

The school has responded to the Scottish Parliament's Culture Committee, addressing comments by a fire safety expert who questioned the removal of a mist-suppression system in the wake of the 2014 Mackintosh building fire. It states that replacing the system during the construction period would have been impossible, and that new security cameras and fire detection systems had been installed ahead of the 2018 fire

New studio to open in former Birmingham factory

31 Jan 2019

Odox, a project created by Coventry University fine art lecturers Rob Hamp and Jay Taylor, will open as an exhibition and studio space in Great Hampton Works, a grade II-listed former brass factory. 

Threatened Cardiff music venue announces expansion plans

31 Jan 2019

After plans to build flats next to Clwb Ifor Bach were dropped following a campaign, Cardiff City Council has decided to buy the site. The venue has since announced a public consultation on expansion plans.

Team behind King’s Cross Theatre plans new London venue

31 Jan 2019

The flexible venue, called Troubadour White City Theatre, will open in West London’s BBC Media Village this summer with both a 1,200-seat and an 800-seat space.

Edinburgh Mela future unclear as council plans to fund new event

29 Jan 2019

A report to the City of Edinburgh Council’s culture committee says the £34k previously awarded to the Mela will be used for a new multicultural festival, following difficulties maintaining a “continued funding relationship” with the Mela. Organisational problems with the Mela’s parent company meant no festival took place in 2016. 

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