Businesses aren’t investing in culture, research finds

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23 Aug 2019

Employers think that arts and culture make places more attractive for workers – but see salaries, transport and schools as more important factors.

Decline in creative A Levels accelerates

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23 Aug 2019

About 6500 fewer students sat A Levels for creative subjects this year, outpacing a general decline in the number of exams taken by 5%.

Edinburgh Fringe performers allege sexual harassment

23 Aug 2019

Women working at the festival have reported facing sexual harassment on a daily basis while promoting their shows. Actors' union Equity says it is receiving more reports of incidents each year of the Fringe, while Police Scotland had not received any reports of harassment.

Cultural Education Partnerships’ development stalls

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22 Aug 2019

Four years after the scheme was launched, only a third of partnerships believe they are established and delivering.

Music agency director admits £360k fraud

22 Aug 2019

Christopher Hoare, a former IT director for classical music management agency HarrisonParrott, faces jail time after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud. Hoare ordered items online with the company credit card, resold them for personal gain and doctored the invoices, a prosecutor told the Westminster magistrates' court.

Rooftop beach hut is 'accommodation, not art'

21 Aug 2019

A community arts group in London is refusing to remove a beach hut it built, despite the local council's opinion that it is accommodation, not art. The council says it is considering legal options to force its demolition as the group continues to build new structures.

£5m plan to renew abandoned theatre

21 Aug 2019

A Liverpool community group is spearheading a campaign to restore The Garston Empire to its former glory. The theatre has been empty for about 20 years. It was a cinema until 1961, then became a bingo hall, and later ended up on the Theatre Trust's 'at risk' register. 

Special Advisor for Culture Secretary vetoed

20 Aug 2019

Luke Tryl, ex-Director of the New Schools Network, will not longer act as an advisor to Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan after Downing Street blocked his appointment. The move is part of a "crackdown" on more moderate advisors, Schools Week reports.

DCMS surveys sectors' Brexit preparedness

20 Aug 2019

A short survey from the department is asking creative businesses if they are aware of how a no-deal Brexit might affect them, and whether they have measures in place to "mitigate negative impacts". DCMS has commissioned the survey to "better understand how we can best support you in your Brexit planning", the survey says.

Museum and art gallery attendance bounces back

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19 Aug 2019

New figures indicate the reversal of a three-year pattern of declining visitor numbers at English institutions – and new hope for more employment in the sector.

ACE to fund Edinburgh Fringe showcase

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19 Aug 2019

The funder plans to invest up to £2.25 million in England-based performance artists “to build and strengthen international partnerships”.

Court bars girl from joining boys' choir

19 Aug 2019

A 9-year-old German girl will not be able to join Berlin's oldest cultural institution, its all boys' choir, after a court decided that artistic freedom was more important than equal treatment in that case. The suit had argued that the publicly funded choir's prestigious musical education should be made available to everyone, regardless of gender.

Brexiteers fail to inspire Poet Laureate

19 Aug 2019

Simon Armitage says he has no plans to mark Britain's upcoming exit from the European Union with a poem, despite the efforts of Brexiteer MPs, including Jacob Rees-Mogg and David Jones, to inspire him. Rees-Mogg wrote the following limerick:

The Poet Laureate used to be paid in sherry/

Which made him decidedly merry/

Now he is paid in hard cash/

Which makes him awfully slapdash/

But when it comes to Brexit he needn’t be wary? 

ACE ‘may have to revise’ NPO funding agreements from 2020

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16 Aug 2019

The Arts Council has warned that if its grant-in-aid from DCMS is cut in the forthcoming spending review, it may not be able to afford its existing funding commitments.

Dance website closes

16 Aug 2019

Londondance.com has closed after 18 years in operation. A statement on the website says "the dance sector has considerably changed, as have the communication channels and services available to dance professionals in London and beyond" and that it is no longer needed. 

‘Increasing social division’ in schools’ theatre access

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16 Aug 2019

England’s principal producing theatres say cuts to arts education are increasingly restricting their work with children to independent schools.

Tax relief for arts and culture grows by one fifth

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16 Aug 2019

More money was refunded to both large and small organisations last year – but freelancers are missing out. 

£5m boost for ACE’s Creative People and Places scheme 

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15 Aug 2019

The extra money has been allocated above the programme’s planned budget “in response to the incredibly strong applications received”.

Brexit will cost musicians £1000, ISM says

15 Aug 2019

Artists bringing musical instruments into the European Union could pay up to to £1000 a year in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Incorporated Society of Musicians says. The projected cost includes customs documents to move their equipment, certificates for instruments containing materials like ivory and tortoiseshell, international driving permits, medical insurance and visas.

Fundraising Regulator: voluntary levy is ‘not optional’

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14 Aug 2019

The authority says charities that don’t pay “need to reflect on the fact that they are not contributing to the costs of fundraising regulation”.

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