Central School of Ballet suffers £50k touring van theft

10 May 2018

Lighting, sound equipment, staging materials, props and 100 costumes were stolen along with the van from secure premises in Farringdon, London. The company said the real loss was the £20k costumes, which were for the trainee ballet dancers’ upcoming showcase tour.

Lyn Gardner dropped from the Guardian

09 May 2018

Revered theatre critic Lyn Gardner, who was contracted to write 130 reviews and 28,000 words of features a year for the newspaper, has had her contract discontinued. The move, which has been met with criticism from theatre leaders, follows the newspaper’s decision last year to cut Gardner’s 150 annual theatre blogs.

UK theatre bodies estimate EU lighting ban may cost UK £1bn

09 May 2018

The new estimate by UK Theatre and SOLT – which is more than five times higher than initial predictions – warns that if the European regulations come into force, theatres would be in the “untenable position” of being unable to replace equipment as no suitable replacements currently exist.

Government plans to share national collection across the country

09 May 2018

New Arts Minister Michael Ellis has promised to publish plans on moving artworks out of the capital and into cathedrals and town halls in the regions by the end of the year.

English National Opera apologises for ‘elitist’ food and drink ban

09 May 2018

The opera company said the requirement for Coliseum audience members to dispose of food and drink before entering the building, which was originally applied only to those attending rock and pop concerts and musical shows, will now be extended to all events. ENO said it was “really sorry” if its previous policy gave the wrong impression about its values.

Artists urge Government to not “blindly press ahead with the EBacc”

09 May 2018

A joint letter, penned by more than 100 of the UK’s leading artists – including 15 Turner Prize winners – says there is “compelling evidence” that creative subjects are in decline in state schools and that exam entries for arts subjects are at their lowest level for a decade as a result of Government education policy. In response, the Department for Education said the percentage of pupils taking arts GCSEs “has remained stable” since the introduction of the EBacc.

Emails reveal confusion at Creative Scotland during funding row

09 May 2018

Almost 30 emails and documents released to Herald Scotland following a freedom of information request reveal one senior member of staff did not understand why a particular company was refused regular funding, and some staff had not seen the final list of funding awards before it was made public. The documents were requested after the national funder reversed plans to cut regular funding to several arts organisations following public backlash earlier this year.

Institute of Fundraising: Don’t refuse money on ethics alone

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04 May 2018

The membership body has collated and updated guidance on accepting and refusing donations, stressing the importance of adhering to a charity’s purpose as set out in its constitution.

Men still dominate major arts organisations, data reveals

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04 May 2018

The rise of women chief executives has been concentrated in the smallest of arts organisations, an examination of England’s National Portfolio Organisations has shown.

Artists call for ACE to take more risks and better defend regions

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04 May 2018

A candid response by What Next? Newcastle Gateshead to Arts Council England’s ten-year strategy consultation tells ACE to listen to the arts community in each region and “not lump everyone into the ‘North’”.

Doctors move closer to unified plan for arts on prescription

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04 May 2018

27 healthcare providers in the North West have committed to developing a cultural prescription plan for new and expectant mothers to give children the “best start” in life.

Arts are best way to boost wellbeing in later life

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04 May 2018

Age UK has called on arts organisations to become more accessible to older people, and on national funders to make ‘age-friendly practice’ a requirement of culture funding.

Almost half of UK’s classical musicians struggle to make ends meet

03 May 2018

New research by the Musicians' Union has found that two-fifths of early career orchestral musicians took unpaid work last year and 44% of all classical musicians say they don’t earn enough to live on.

Bristol City Council promises to underwrite Colston Hall revamp

02 May 2018

The council has set aside £12m on top of £10m already provided for the £49m project, in case additional fundraising is unsuccessful. 

Out of Joint board members quit in protest

02 May 2018

Five board members have left the company since February in protest of how the company has been run since the departure of former Artistic Director Max Stafford-Clark, who was accused of inappropriate behaviour last year.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Chair in conflict of interest row

02 May 2018

Advocacy group ArtsMatterNI has drawn attention to John Edmund’s two-month assignment to the Nerve Centre, an Arts Council of Northern Ireland-funded organisation, asking whether this constitutes a “real conflict of interest that cannot simply be declared”.

Council consults on cutting music lessons

01 May 2018

East Sussex County Council is pressing ahead with a public consultation on the future of music lessons offered by East Sussex Music Service, despite 10,000 people having signed a petition opposing planned cuts of £180k.

400-seat Darlington theatre closes

01 May 2018

Financial problems have forced the owner of the Majestic Theatre to look at voluntary insolvency, with the venue leaving behind debts of around £16k to other theatre companies. A new company, Lyall Events and Entertainment Ltd, has now taken over the theatre.

BFI slammed for ‘forcibly removing’ woman with Asperger’s from cinema

01 May 2018

The film body has apologised and said it “must do better” after complaints about how it treated one cinema goer, who was “forcibly removed” by staff from a screening of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for “laughing too much”.

Ticket touts who use bots could face huge fines

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27 Apr 2018

Under a planned new law, people who use automated software to bulk buy tickets and sell them on at above the retail price will face unlimited fines.

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