£5m scheme to increase young people’s access to performing arts

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04 Oct 2018

Places with fewer opportunities to take part in performances will be prioritised in the scheme.

Ticketmaster trials payment by instalment

04 Oct 2018

In the US, the company recently introduced an option to pay for tickets to top musicals over six months or a year, with a 10% annual interest rate that will rise to 20% if the initial promotion lapses.

National Theatre sponsor ends support for cheap ticket scheme

04 Oct 2018

Travelex will no longer support £15 seats from 2019. Artistic Director Rufus Norris said the venue is looking for a new commercial partner for the scheme, which he hopes will “improve on the offer”.

NPOs failing on access basics, say disabled artists

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03 Oct 2018

A Leeds-based collective has named a lack of accessible toilets, snobbish staff and ‘mega-expensive’ coffee among continuing barriers to equality.

New British Council fund supports UK-Canada arts collaborations

03 Oct 2018

Theatre and dance artists are invited to apply for up to £7,000 in grants as part of the new two-year scheme, which has a total budget of £120k and is run by Farnham Maltings, the British Council and the High Commission of Canada in the UK.

Arts Council consults on outline of next 10-year strategy

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03 Oct 2018

Proposals for improving workforce diversity in England, making the sector more resilient and increasing access to culture have been sketched out in preparation for the development of its strategy.

Music grants scheme accused of funding privileged children

02 Oct 2018

New data shows that numerous students whose parents earn over £100k are receiving help through the Government’s music and dance scheme, intended to help poorer students pay boarding fees at top music colleges.

Government under fire after unveiling £120m post-Brexit festival

02 Oct 2018

The festival, which will be held in early 2022, is intended to build on the 1951 Festival of Britain and show “what makes our country great”, according to Prime Minister Theresa May. Twitter users compared the plans to The Wicker Man and expressed hope that there would be enough “adequate food” for the activities.

New childcare scheme for West End theatre

01 Oct 2018

The Matinee Club, set up by actor Sarah Middleton for parents working in any role in theatre, will run on Saturdays for children aged over four.

English National Opera cracks down on alcohol smugglers

01 Oct 2018

Chief Executive Stuart Murphy admitted it was ‘annoying’ that audience members were being asked to empty opened water bottles, but said the move was necessary to prevent people covertly bringing in vodka.

Arts organisations must be allowed to die, report claims

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28 Sep 2018

A new report on resilience in the arts encourages a shift in thinking from individual sustainability to the health of a sector as a whole.

Lords told of lack of support for rural arts

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28 Sep 2018

A Select Committee on the rural economy will report back next year on the sorts of interventions needed to support local amenities and tackle deprivation.

ACE Directors paid £1m last year

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28 Sep 2018

Role changes, salary increases and associated benefits led to members of Arts Council England’s senior team seeing their remuneration packages grow by up to £24k each last year.

Arts Council England to consider micro grants

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28 Sep 2018

The national funder responded to select questions from Twitter in its “first ever live online review of the year”.

BBC should show more arts and culture, says David Attenborough

28 Sep 2018

The veteran presenter criticised the public broadcaster for ‘not catering to all kinds of people’, saying more arts and culture should be shown, regardless of the size of the audience. A BBCArts spokesperson responded that the broadcaster must “look at ways of increasing our income”.

Paris Museum and Good Chance collaborate on refugee-run theatre

28 Sep 2018

The team behind the theatre in the Calais refugee camp have teamed up with the Museum of Immigration in Paris to open a pop-up performance space, run by refugees, which will operate from mid-October to early November.

New biennial festival of art for Plymouth

28 Sep 2018

The Atlantic Project will take place at various locations across the city and feature site-specific commissions by international artists as part of a ‘pilot festival of contemporary art’.

Scottish National Gallery revamp to go ahead three years late

28 Sep 2018

The renovations, now scheduled to start next month, will cost £22m – an increase of a third on the £16.8m originally budgeted. The gallery has admitted the project will not be completed before early 2021.

Museums Association backs draft Scottish culture plan

28 Sep 2018

The representative body for museums said it “strongly supports” the proposals for using culture to improve wellbeing and reduce inequality, adding that cross-government working will be essential to ensure the plan’s implementation.

Charities ‘unable to plan because of short-term funding’

27 Sep 2018

A new report by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which analyses learning from the past three years, also expresses concern that statutory grants do not rise with inflation.


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