Freelance musicians most vulnerable to harassment

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27 Apr 2018

A survey by the ISM has found that 60% of musicians have been harassed at work, of whom around three quarters were self-employed at the time.

New immersive theatre space for London

27 Apr 2018

A new venue billed as the UK’s first purpose-built “fully flexible performance arts venue” is to open in south London for immersive and interactive theatre shows.

Birmingham foundation to support aspiring performers

27 Apr 2018

The Birmingham Institute of Theatre Arts is launching a new foundation to support young people who struggle to afford the cost of auditions and training that could further their performing careers.

Alexandra Palace theatre to reopen

27 Apr 2018

An £18.8m restoration will allow an abandoned Victorian theatre at Alexandra Palace in north London to begin staging regular performances again this year, after a hiatus of more than 80 years.

Aberdeen unveils 10-year culture strategy

27 Apr 2018

More than 30 arts organisations have backed the Aberdeen City Council-led plan, which will include bidding for Unesco Creative City status, creating jobs and strengthening links to partner cities.

Turner Prize shortlist announced

27 Apr 2018

The winner from the list of four artists, who include a research agency and a portrait photographer, will be revealed at Turner Contemporary in Margate in December.

Arts sector fears being too poor to refuse ‘unethical’ donations

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27 Apr 2018

New research by AP reveals that few arts organisations have an ethical fundraising policy, although most think they are vulnerable to reputational damage.

Online art sales slowing, finds survey

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27 Apr 2018

The art market is “struggling to convert hesitant buyers into repeat customers”, but Instagram is offering a key marketing channel, a new report suggests.

New partnership to promote diversity in music education

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27 Apr 2018

The Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England will aim to remove barriers and give young people ownership of musical learning.

UK City of Culture 2021 appoints Chenine Bhathena as Creative Director

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27 Apr 2018

Bhathena, who joins from the Greater London Authority, has pledged to reach all communities across Coventry, not just regular arts attenders.

Multi-million-pound relocation for King’s Head given go-ahead

27 Apr 2018

The London pub theatre’s move from its home of 47 years into new £5.6m premises has been guaranteed after Islington Council approved the relocation.

First youth company at West Yorkshire Playhouse

27 Apr 2018

The regional theatre has recruited its first youth company, aiming to nurture new local talent. The company consists of 12 people from Leeds aged 18-25, who will meet weekly and produce “an eclectic range of work”.

London plays host to first UK festival of Muslim culture and literature

25 Apr 2018

MFest, which will kick off this Friday at the British Library and features a weekend of poetry, comedy and historical events, is billed as a chance to explore the diverse artistic identities of Muslim communities.

Southampton sets out UK City of Culture ambitions

25 Apr 2018

The announcement that the city will bid for the 2025 title comes months after the completion of the Studio 144 arts centre. Other investments in the city will be made over the next five or six years.

Music festival goes bust and cancels

25 Apr 2018

Organisers of Beverley Folk Festival, which had scheduled over 80 acts and was due to be held in the middle of June, said the event has been cancelled because they lost their primary source of funding and “simply do not have the money to pay for either the infrastructure or performers”. People who bought tickets – which cost up to £130 – have been told they will not get a refund.

Labour outlines tax relief rules to improve diversity in film

23 Apr 2018

Should the party win the next election, it will put in place reform which would limit high-end tax relief to film companies with an inclusive mix of cast and crew.

Censorship row as Irish charity regulator orders removal of ‘political’ artwork

23 Apr 2018

Dublin’s Project Arts Centre has been ordered to paint over a mural calling for the repeal of the 8th amendment to the Irish Constitution, which creates protection for a foetal right to life. Protestors have gathered outside the centre to challenge the decision, which the Charities Regulator says is because the mural is ‘political activity’ and in breach of the Charities Act 2009.

New initiative to support BME theatre critics

23 Apr 2018

The Critics of Colour Collective, created by playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, producer Georgia Dodsworth and journalist Bridget Minamore, aims to open up the pool of people writing about theatre and become a place for new and existing writers to share ideas.

Multi-million-pound revamp for Edinburgh theatre

23 Apr 2018

Leith Theatre will receive £1m from the city council as part of a £7m makeover, which will include new lighting and backstage facilities. It will re-open for regular events “within months”.

Campaigners call for gender quotas in the arts

23 Apr 2018

As a new report reveals that women make up just 34% of art gallery directors, the Fawcett Society calls for quotas to get women into key positions, and for all jobs to be offered on a flexible basis.


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