New grants restricted to high-performing EBacc schools

31 Jul 2018

A £2.4m teacher support fund will only be available to schools that deliver teacher-led whole-class instruction with a focus on core academic knowledge, rather than creative activities and enquiry-based learning.

Greater Manchester forms culture steering group

30 Jul 2018

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has brought together a group of artists and cultural administrators to guide work in support of the arts, culture and heritage sectors in the area.

Edinburgh arts venue scraps zero hours contracts

30 Jul 2018

Edinburgh’s multi-arts complex Summerhall has signed an agreement with Unite the Union agreeing to offer its full-time hourly-paid Fringe staff minimum contracts of 30 hours a week, rather than zero hours arrangements.

Former Notting Hill Carnival finance officer jailed for fraud

30 Jul 2018

Nadia Chase Ali has been sentenced to six years in prison after a court found she made payments totalling £784k between 2014 and 2016, and stole documents to conceal the fraud.

Local authority culture budgets down £48m in 5 years

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27 Jul 2018

Cultural spend has been reallocated or cut to zero at four more councils this year, and some local authorities are turning a profit through culture and heritage.

Theatre tax relief payouts rise by two thirds

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27 Jul 2018

Almost 3,000 productions shared rebates worth £77m last year, including 40 claims worth over £500k.

New support for Virtual and Augmented Reality projects

27 Jul 2018

Five creative organisations have been awarded a total of £350k through Arts Council England and the Digital Catapult fund, following a first round of funding which saw 20 teams develop prototypes. The latest investment will enable the five to complete their development work and present their projects to the public. 

Reworked Factory Manchester plans approved

27 Jul 2018

Architectural practice OMA has been granted planning permission for the second time for the £111m arts venue, after its January 2017 plans, agreed by the local council, were found to include poor acoustics and an orchestra pit that was too small. The venue now expects to open in September 2020.

UK Music urges councils to implement ‘agent of change’ ruling

26 Jul 2018

The membership body is pressing the Local Government Association to promote new guidelines that aim to protect live music venues from expensive noise regulation costs.

Scotland sets up £5m fund for businesses hit by Art School fire

26 Jul 2018

Local businesses affected by a safety cordon around Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building – which is being dismantled after falling victim to a second major fire in four years – are to be supported by the new fund, jointly provided by the Government and the City Council.

Jazz renaissance among younger people

26 Jul 2018

Streaming services such as Amazon Music and Spotify have reported significant increases in users under 30 listening to jazz, which has been attributed to greater awareness of artists through social media and a tendency for jazz to fuse with other genres.

Artists to withdraw work from Design Museum in protest at arms dealer links

25 Jul 2018

25 artists and designers whose work is featured in the museum’s Hope to Nope exhibition have demanded their contributions be removed after the institution hosted an evening reception for Leonardo, the ninth-largest defence contractor in the world.

Doctors supported to prescribe arts through new £4.5m scheme

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24 Jul 2018

Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s initiative aims to reach tens of thousands of people across England.

Culture more important than politics to US-UK ties, report finds

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24 Jul 2018

Americans online talked more about Adele than Brexit, even in the month after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Dance key to tackling obesity in primary schools, says Ofsted

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24 Jul 2018

The subject is seen as a useful way of encouraging children to engage with physical activity, even if they do not like competitive sports.

Survey reveals high levels of sexual harassment among performing arts students

24 Jul 2018

51% of the 600 drama, music and dance students polled by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Equity and the Musicians Union said they had experienced inappropriate behaviour, bullying or sexual harassment. The respondents also called for more awareness of how to report incidents.

Gulbenkian Foundation launches new £4m arts programme

24 Jul 2018

Creative Civic Change, launched in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund and Local Trust, is open to community groups across England in areas that demonstrate social need. The scheme will provide mentoring, peer-to-peer support and funding to help communities shape themselves through arts and culture.

Gavaghan completes leadership team at Clean Break

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22 Jul 2018

Incoming Executive Director Erin Gavaghan believes the sector still has work to do on changing traditional working structures to make them more appealing to women.

Creative Europe funding boosts UK culture, research finds

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20 Jul 2018

91 companies and organisations in the UK were supported by Creative Europe last year, receiving 10% of the scheme’s total funds.

Cultural sector to ACE: we need support, not measurement

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20 Jul 2018

A report commissioned by Arts Council England finds that two-thirds of the sector want the body to advocate its value to central government, but only a minority think it should be measuring quality.

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