Westminster City Council clashes with Andrew Lloyd Webber in parking dispute

19 Dec 2018

The theatre impresario’s company, LW Theatres, is challenging a £280k charge incurred for suspending parking facilities while the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is revamped, accusing the council of searching for “windfall financial gains”.

Pro-arts political candidates in America more likely to be successful, finds research

18 Dec 2018

A survey of 3,000 adults by Americans for the Arts finds most people in the US approve of doubling federal government funding to the arts, and supporting the arts in general.

Birmingham arts organisations join forces to oppose local culture cuts

18 Dec 2018

‘Love Culture, Hate Cuts’, a petition created by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the MAC and Town Hall Symphony Hall in protest at council plans to cut arts funding by 50%, has gained the support of more than 4,000 local people. The council will hold a public meeting to discuss the potential cuts this week.

Free tickets for under 18s at English National Opera season

18 Dec 2018

Any young person aged 17 or under will be able to get a free ticket in balcony seats on Saturday nights, as part of the organisation’s push to tackle elitism and encourage young audiences to feel “passionate, excited and transfixed” by opera.

Music teacher shortlisted for global $1m prize

17 Dec 2018

A music teacher who played an integral role in turning around the fortunes of a Bradford primary school through a new creative education programme is one of three teachers from England on the shortlist selected from more than 10,000 nominations from 179 countries for the Varkey Foundation’s “best teacher” prize.

Income rises at national institutions despite funding cuts

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14 Dec 2018

In real terms, institutions sponsored by DCMS have increased their income by over a quarter in the past decade, despite a 19% reduction in direct funding.

Mayor urges schools to adopt London curriculum to ‘ignite creativity in young people’

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14 Dec 2018

A new culture strategy outlines plans to increase access to the arts and ensure London is renowned for its culture internationally.  

Concerns mount over T Level burden on arts organisations

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14 Dec 2018

The new qualification will be available from 2022/23, offering students who do not want to take A Levels a choice between pathways in craft, production and cultural heritage.

New network to champion access for Deaf and disabled musicians

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14 Dec 2018

Research aims to increase understanding of the hidden challenges facing disabled artists and musicians when recording, performing and applying for funding.

Multi-million-pound initiative to increase access to creative careers

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14 Dec 2018

Leading industry figures will be linked with schools and colleges to raise awareness of employment opportunities in the sector.

Derby to redevelop Assembly Rooms in new £24m plan

14 Dec 2018

In a change of direction for major plans to replace the venue, which was badly damaged in a 2014 fire, Derby Council has approved a £24m project to remodel the building’s entrance and lobby, refurbish the bar area and create new multifunctional rooms. The anticipated opening date is autumn 2020.

Multimillion-pound digital arts school in Manchester gets green light

14 Dec 2018

SODA, the proposed five-storey £30m institution, is due to be built behind Manchester Metropolitan University’s student union by 2021. The project – which will include digital laboratories, studios and production suites - has been backed by producer Nicola Shindler, film director Danny Boyle and the local council.

High-profile musicians call for Brexit alternative

13 Dec 2018

Paloma Faith, Billy Bragg and Annie Lennox are among 85 musicians and music industry workers who have signed a new open letter arguing that leaving the customs union and the single market could “devastate” touring and artistic production.

Threatened theatre to become driverless car test site

12 Dec 2018

Dudley Council has given the green light to plans to turn Dudley Hippodrome, derelict since 2009, into a site for testing driverless vehicles. The Theatres Trust says that should these proposals prove unviable, it will renew its campaign to turn the building back into a theatre.

Galleries close in Paris amid ‘gilets jaunes’ protests

12 Dec 2018

The Grand Palais, The Musée des Arts Décoratifs and photography gallery Jeu de Paume offered limited or no access at the weekend. Some of the Jeu de Paume’s windows were smashed during riots.

National Theatre Wales programme to tackle accusations of English bias

12 Dec 2018

The venue says 2019’s programme will highlight the richness and depth of Welsh talent, following well-publicised concerns from more than 200 actors and playwrights that National Theatre Wales (NTW) has not been producing enough shows or championing homegrown performers. Artistic Director Kully Thiarai said she hopes a free public event in March will bring people together to consider “what theatre needs to be in Wales and what NTW’s role is.” 

Library numbers continue to plummet

10 Dec 2018

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa) finds that 130 public libraries have closed in the last year, continuing a trend that has been ongoing since 2010. Cipfa’s CEO said libraries were “a canary in the coal mine for what is happening across the local government sector”.

Structural problems add £2.5m to Stockton Globe restoration

10 Dec 2018

Contractors have discovered a range of issues with the building, including rotted timber and damaged drains. The council, which has already dedicated £13.5m to the project, described the problems as “much, much worse” than expected.

Liverpool Everyman drops out of National Portfolio

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07 Dec 2018

Arts Council England has guaranteed funding at the same level for the venue, which says the financial strain of maintaining a rep company took the organisation “towards a tipping point from which we now need to step back”.

New artist labs at Summerhall

07 Dec 2018

Further investment from Creative Scotland and BBC Arts into the Edinburgh venue will support an expansion of its artist development programme, allowing it to double the number of artist labs.

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