Job losses feared at Inverness theatre

25 Oct 2018

Eden Court Theatre says it has lost £400k in annual funding from Highland Council and Creative Scotland this year – equivalent to 40% of its public funding – and is consulting on potential redundancies.

‘Worrying drop’ in older pupils at music education hubs

25 Oct 2018

A new study by Birmingham City University has found the number of pupils receiving whole-class ensemble teaching through the hubs is up by 20% since 2013, alongside a fall in the numbers of older pupils joining area-based ensembles.

Suspected arson damages disused Burnley theatre

23 Oct 2018

Firefighters were dispatched to tackle a blaze at Burnley Empire Theatre, which ranked 14th on this year’s Theatres Trust Theatres at Risk Register and has been disused for 20 years. A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue said it was understood the fire had been deliberately started.

Nesta opens £3.7m loan fund

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22 Oct 2018

Arts, cultural and creative organisations will receive lower interest rates if they can demonstrate positive social impact.

London immersive theatre plans fall through

22 Oct 2018

All productions at the Buzz, which was due to open next month, have been called off, with the venue blaming “unexpected circumstances beyond [their] control”.

Glasgow arts centre to reopen

22 Oct 2018

The Centre for Contemporary Arts, which has been closed since the nearby Glasgow School of Art was destroyed by fire, is to reopen this week.

Report calls for ‘arts premium’ for schools

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19 Oct 2018

6,000 students from across England shared why and how they engage in cultural activity, with a quarter saying that their school introduced them to the arts.

Parents and carers in the arts face £3,000-a-year ‘career penalty’

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19 Oct 2018

A new survey finds that 43% of women with caring responsibilities would increase their working hours if “adequate” childcare was available.

Arts and homelessness spinoff from Streetwise Opera to go independent

19 Oct 2018

With One Voice, which grew out of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is led by Streetwise Opera founder Matt Peacock, will encourage international exchanges in practice and policy for the arts and homelessness sector as an independent charity.

Birmingham arts organisations braced for further 30% cut

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19 Oct 2018

The City Council’s advice to organisations to prepare for the potential cut comes less than a year after promising to hold funding steady until 2020.

Curve to expand capacity to combat falling turnover

19 Oct 2018

The addition of 67 seats to the Leicester theatre’s main auditorium will be the second expansion since its opening ten years ago, taking its total capacity to 969. The move comes as the organisation’s annual report reveals turnover in 2017/18 was down almost £1m on the previous year.

BBC to open up classical music archive

19 Oct 2018

Historical and recent performances will be “returned to the public” through iPlayer and the BBC Sounds app, Director General Tony Hall said, adding that the public owns “one of the greatest classical music archives in the world” through the corporation.

Expansion of social prescribing promised in loneliness strategy

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19 Oct 2018

Arts Council England has been instructed to fund arts and health projects and share best practice.

Culture needs a ‘5-a-day’ campaign, MPs hear

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19 Oct 2018

A committee investigating the positive impact of culture and sport on mental and physical health heard that a lack of funding and the absence of a joined-up strategy prevent initiatives becoming more widely available.

25% of artists considering leaving Scotland after Brexit

17 Oct 2018

The proportion rises to 40% of non-UK EU artists and 33% of artists from outside the EU, according to new research by the Scottish Contemporary Arts Network (SCAN) and the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST).

Half a million pounds needed to upgrade UK theatres over next five years

17 Oct 2018

In a survey of 148 theatres by the Theatres Trust, venues predict they will need an average of £1.15m each for capital works by 2023, and 30% say they risk closure without upgrades.

National Theatre Wales builds bridges with Welsh playwrights

15 Oct 2018

The organisation met with theatremakers last week following a scathing open letter that accused it of failing to support Welsh artists. A joint statement described the meeting as “the first of what we hope will be an ongoing and constructive dialogue”.

First children's arts centre opens in Northern Ireland

15 Oct 2018

The Imaginarium Arts Centre in Newry will provide arts and creative activities for children and young people aged between 0 and 17, six days a week.

Southbank Centre abandons rooftop bar plans

15 Oct 2018

The venue has withdrawn its application to create a pop-up bar on the roof of the Royal Festival Hall. The move follows criticism from heritage groups including Historic England, which described the proposals as a “major insensitive intervention”.

ACE could stand by NPOs that break funding agreements

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12 Oct 2018

England’s national funder would consider the local, national and strategic importance of organisations in “acute financial difficulty”.

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