DCMS Minister: EBacc partly to blame for decline in music at GCSE

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07 Dec 2018

Digital Minister Margot James’s comments to a parliamentary inquiry are in marked contrast to previous comments from Government ministers.

EXCLUSIVE: Gender gap dominates latest arts pay figures

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07 Dec 2018

Lack of career progression among women in the cultural sector is the overwhelming contributor to the significant gender pay gap revealed in initial findings from the 2018 ArtsPay survey.

Lottery funding distribution must be ‘returned to the people’, say campaigners

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07 Dec 2018

A new paper says that it is only by ‘rebalancing’ cultural funding from arts councils to local groups that cultural democracy can be achieved.

35 million people reached by WW1 centenary arts programme

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07 Dec 2018

14-18 NOW’s five-year programme included projects in 220 locations across the UK, and was mostly accessible to the public for free. 

Current definitions of growth not suitable for creative sector, argues report

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07 Dec 2018

New research finds 80% of creative businesses expect to grow in the next three years, but urges further support from the Government to ensure barriers such as Brexit and a lack of funding can be overcome.

New network to support music and health work

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07 Dec 2018

The initiative will bring together music and health practitioners and provide opportunities for continuing professional development.

Threatened Burnley theatre saved by friends group

06 Dec 2018

Burnley Empire Theatre, the only purpose-built Victorian theatre in East Lancashire, and which has been on the Theatres Trust Theatres at Risk register since 2006, has been bought by Burnley Empire Limited – a friends group backed by the National Trust and the Theatres Trust.

Gig-goers support action to curb phone use

06 Dec 2018

Research by ComRes found that 69% of people who had attended a live ticketed event in the past year agree measures should be put in place to stop people taking pictures and videos during performances. But more than a third also said recording on their phone is an important part of the live experience.

PRS Foundation launches Liverpool-focused music fund

04 Dec 2018

A collaboration between the city council and the foundation’s Momentum Music Fund will award one musician £15k and two other artists up to £5k each, alongside mentoring from national experts and support from Momentum partners.

Glasgow gallery to leave exhibition space

04 Dec 2018

After ten years of activity in the city’s west end, Creative Scotland-backed gallery The Common Guild has announced it will stop exhibiting in its space in Woodlands Terrace, and will seek a different a way of displaying work with better access.

Conservatoire becomes first to appoint musicians' wellbeing lecturer

04 Dec 2018

The Royal Northern College of Music has responded to increasing complaints of mental health challenges across higher education – and among musicians as a whole – by employing a clinical psychologist and trained pianist as a lecturer focused on musicians’ health and wellbeing.

Dudley Hippodrome campaigners’ hopes dashed

03 Dec 2018

The local council has rejected an expression of interest from a community group wanting to refurbish the derelict building as a performance venue, and favours developing it as a site for testing driverless vehicles.

Wales Theatre Awards called off after racism controversy

03 Dec 2018

The organisation announced on Twitter that the 2019 ceremony has been cancelled, and that the awards themselves had “come to an end”. The initiative had been criticised for shortlisting a production that used white actors to portray Asian characters.

Arts Council of Wales consults on lottery spending

30 Nov 2018

The consultation, which will guide spending for the period 2019-24, includes proposals for introducing three- to five-year funding periods for grants from the National Lottery.

Cultural sector continues to grow faster than the UK economy

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30 Nov 2018

The economic output from the cultural sector is now just under £30bn, having grown by 7.3% in one year.

MPs to assess ‘class ceiling’ in the arts

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30 Nov 2018

A new parliamentary inquiry will report on the barriers to social mobility and identify practical action that can be taken by charities and the Government to address them.

Research undervalues social impact of the arts, review finds

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30 Nov 2018

An evidence review concludes that nuances around the impact of arts interventions are being lost as evaluations take “an overly narrow focus on data and measurements”.

European politicians hear from music industry gender balance initiative

30 Nov 2018

PRS Foundation’s Keychange initiative, which aims to encourage gender balance in festival lineups and the wider music industry, presented a manifesto to the European Parliament to seek backing for proposed changes to working conditions and recruitment practices for women in music.

Watershed Bristol prepares for major expansion

30 Nov 2018

The arts centre has submitted plans to Bristol City Council for a £12m revamp of “dead space” behind its building, which would create new work space for over 100 creatives, and add four storeys onto the current structure. It is expected the project would take four years to complete.

Shadow minister: arts funding ‘should be conditional on ethical employment’

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29 Nov 2018

Justin Madders made the comments in relation to a tribunal hearing concerning the employment rights of art educators at the National Gallery, which could set a precedent for the public sector.

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