V&A Dundee drawn into Sackler funding dispute

11 Mar 2019

It has emerged through a Scotland on Sunday investigation that the institution was awarded £500k from the Sackler Trust – the grant-making body for the Sackler family, which has come under increasing criticism for its links to the opioid crisis in the US. Green MSP Ross Greer said organisations benefiting from Sackler Trust grants “should return those donations or otherwise work to ensure justice is delivered for opioid victims”.

Fewer performances for BBC Concert Orchestra

11 Mar 2019

The BBC says the orchestra’s live performances for the long-standing Radio 2 show, Friday Night is Music Night, will be reduced as the broadcaster seeks to cut costs. The Corporation says the future of the ensemble itself is not under threat.

ACE plans to match crowdfunding for Music Education Hubs

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08 Mar 2019

The move follows a 2017 pilot project that found arts and heritage crowdfunding donations increased by 17% when the project was match-funded.

Gulbenkian moves into final phase of civic arts project

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08 Mar 2019

The funder aims to develop partnerships with policy makers, funders and arts organisations to achieve a “lasting and systemic” impact.

Top-up funding means go-ahead for Citizens Theatre redevelopment project

08 Mar 2019

Glasgow City Council has pledged £1m in addition to its earlier £5m commitment, in order to close the gap between estimated project costs and confirmed funding. 

MSPs call for public inquiry into Glasgow School of Art fires

08 Mar 2019

The Culture Committee concluded that the School gave insufficient priority to safeguarding the Mackintosh Building and raised concerns about transparency over fire prevention measures. 

Arts & museums service to lose all its curators

08 Mar 2019

£320k cuts to Leicester’s arts and museums budget will see the service restructured to cover arts, museums, festivals and events and all four curator posts scrapped as part of the reshuffle. 

Gap widens between private and state music education

08 Mar 2019

While music provision in England’s independent schools has risen by 7%, state schools have seen a 21% decrease over the last five years, according to figures from the BPI.

New concert hall to boost Liverpool’s music scene

08 Mar 2019

University of Liverpool’s new £20.5m Arts and Humanities Centre will include lecture theatres, state-of-the-art facilities for music students and a 400-seat auditorium, open to the public, with capacity for a 70-piece orchestra.

Quality arts education fosters engagement with schools, research finds

08 Mar 2019

Taking part in PE, music, drama and visual arts has the potential to improve academic attainment, health and wellbeing, and is also the greatest predictor of ‘school engagement’ among young people.

Arts degrees cost 30 per cent more than engineering degrees, report says

08 Mar 2019

The student loan system means that more subsidy is needed to support creative arts graduates as they typically earn less and pay back less of their loans.  

National Lottery Heritage Fund opens £7m loan programme

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08 Mar 2019

Theatres and other arts buildings will be eligible for the fund, though the interest rates and term length of loans could deter many.

Music in schools an ‘ever more urgent necessity’

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08 Mar 2019

A major new report makes recommendations for policymakers in the UK and globally on how to improve the quality of the music education provided to young people.

Ditch focus on academic achievement to diversify arts, employers urged

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08 Mar 2019

London’s creative sector has failed to diversify its workforce despite significant job growth since 2012, a new report concludes.

C Venues loses access to second Edinburgh Fringe venue

07 Mar 2019

The operator will no longer be able to lease the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s New Town building after the charity decided to stage its own programme of events instead. The move follows the release of a report outlining tough conditions and low pay for C Venues staff, and Edinburgh University’s recent decision to strip the operators of the right to use another venue, Adam House. 

Historic Italian opera house in trustee row

06 Mar 2019

La Scala’s decision to appoint the current Saudi Arabian Culture Minister to the board has been described by some board members as “unscrupulous”. The venue’s Chief Executive says the appointment will bring the organisation €15m over the next five years.

Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre gets new owners

06 Mar 2019

Selladoor Worldwide will take over the venue following the financial collapse of the previous owners, Performance Art Ventures CIC. It will open in September under the new name of Peterborough New Theatre.

Birmingham arts centre sold to developers by Council

04 Mar 2019

The Drum intercultural arts centre in Aston is among the venues Birmingham City Council has sold off as it seeks to address budget cuts and pay for a swathe of redundancies, an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in collaboration with BirminghamLive has revealed.

Cuts will lead to ‘irreversible damage’, say Aberdeen cultural organisations

04 Mar 2019

Aberdeen Arts Centre, Peacock Visual Arts and the Look Again and Sound festivals are among those warning that the City Council’s planned budget cuts – which would mean some organisations losing 100% of their funding – are “potentially devastating” to grassroots arts.

National Gallery could face payout to educators after tribunal ruling

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01 Mar 2019

The case, expected to be the first of many such legal challenges to public sector bodies, has been described as a ‘wake-up call’.


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