New consortium to develop theatre for younger audiences

18 May 2018

Regional theatre companies and venues including Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and the Mercury Theatre have committed to co-producing an annual mid-scale production, which will run at the participating venues and tour nationally from 2019 to 2022.

Call for ‘joined-up thinking’ in music education funding

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18 May 2018

Music Education Hubs should lead the way in using music to address social need among children and young people, a report by Sound Connections has said.

Live popular music royalty rate to increase

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18 May 2018

More than 2,500 PRS licence holders, including some theatres and concert venues, will be affected by the changes, which come into effect next month.

Hopes dashed for Lottery funding recovery

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18 May 2018

The National Lottery operator has said it hopes to increase returns for good causes by £80m by 2020, following a £300m fall in recent years.

New £3m fund for creative projects in Northern Powerhouse

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18 May 2018

Arts organisations in the North will be able to apply for up to £150k in a mixture of grant and loan funding for projects that deliver positive social impact.

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance appoints first Director

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18 May 2018

Researcher and composer Victoria Hume will take up the role at the new advocacy body in July.

Musicians call for all children to learn an instrument

16 May 2018

Harriet Harman MP has backed the #everychildamusician campaign, established by oboist Nicholas Daniel, calling on the Government to provide musical instruments and classes to all primary school children.

Lottery shortfall squeezes out major capital projects

15 May 2018

Falling Lottery revenues and policy changes favouring regional venues and smaller projects have led to more museums and galleries being rejected for large capital grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Awards of over £5m have been suspended for this year.

German culture budget set for 23% increase

15 May 2018

Culture Minister Monika Grütters has announced plans to boost annual arts funding by around €300m in fulfilment of a 2017 election pledge, and as a signal that “culture is the foundation for our open and democratic society.”

Thousands raised for Derby Theatre boss’s cancer treatment

14 May 2018

Artistic Director and Chief Executive Sarah Brigham said she has received “phenomenal” support after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. A fundraising campaign led by her friends and colleagues has so far raised over £46k of the £60k she needs to access treatment in Germany, which isn’t offered by the NHS.

Museums sector outlines plan to diversify workforce

14 May 2018

Collaboration between organisations including Arts Council England, the Association of Independent Museums and the Museums Association has resulted in a plan to implement the recommendations of a recent report on diversifying and developing the museums workforce.

Royal Academy of Arts unveils £56m expansion

14 May 2018

The capital project has created 70% more public space, including a new suite of galleries, a lecture theatre, cafes and shops, and linked the Royal Academy’s two sites: Burlington House and Burlington Gardens.

Arts Council of Ireland issues impartiality warning

14 May 2018

The national arts funder has contacted several arts organisations ahead of a referendum on the 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution, which effectively bans abortion, to ensure they are not using their funding for political purposes. This follows the Charities Regulator issuing an order to an arts centre to remove a ‘Repeal the 8th’ mural.

Two new permanent homes for Southwark Playhouse

11 May 2018

The theatre, which has operated in temporary venues since it was founded in 1993, has announced it will move to a permanent venue in Elephant and Castle next year with a 300-seat flexible theatre space. In addition, a satellite venue in London Bridge will be home to its work with emerging artists, with two spaces of 150 and 200 seats.

1,200-seat Tunbridge Wells theatre gets council go-ahead

11 May 2018

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has approved planning proposals for a £90m theatre and civic centre, which will replace the 985-seat Assembly Hall.

Arts help deliver person-centred care for older people

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11 May 2018

An evaluation of a £1m programme connecting arts organisations and care homes found much more needs to be done to extend the reach of quality arts for older people.

ACE less able to support arts organisations in crisis

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11 May 2018

A £2.1m fall in the national funder’s annual NPO contingency budget means its ability to respond to requests for financial intervention will be reduced.

Ofsted culture lead: ‘I’ve not seen arts side-lined in schools’

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11 May 2018

The newly appointed National Lead for Visual and Performing Arts said she would wait to hear the views of inspectors from across the country before drawing conclusions about the national state of arts education.

Welsh lottery failure brings arts grants programme to an end

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11 May 2018

Plans to distribute £5m to good causes have been frustrated by the collapse of Loteri Cymru, which failed to attract sufficient lottery players.

Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp becomes Director of Africa Centre

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11 May 2018

The former Chief Executive of The Place joins as the organisation embarks on a major capital project and seeks to redefine itself as the international centre for contemporary African culture, business and innovation.

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