Job Support Scheme 'completely inadequate' for the arts

25 Sep 2020

Many organisations won't be able to afford the replacement for the furlough system, which only gives employers a small discount on salaries and forbids redundancies.

Brexit: Is the Internal Market Bill a 'soft power grab'?

18 Sep 2020

Campaigners warn that devolved nations' cultural policy is at risk amid rumours Creative Europe will be transferred to the Foreign Office.

Free to speak? Not if you work in the arts

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20 Feb 2020

As ArtsProfessional unveils the explosive findings from its recent Freedom of Expression survey, Liz Hill examines the soul of a sector that believes it is owed artistic freedom but doesn’t tolerate freedom of speech within its own ranks.

Head to head: can a toolkit solve the sector’s class problem?

14 Nov 2019

This year Jerwood Arts published a toolkit for cultural organisations, designed to encourage greater socio-economic diversity in the arts. Julie Lomax, Chief Executive of a-n The Artists Information Company, sees it as a starting point for helping solve the sector’s ‘class crisis’ – but arts consultant Chrissie Tiller isn’t so sure.

Life in the arts across Europe

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27 Mar 2018

Artists from across Europe describe what it’s like to work in their country of origin – from the almost desperate situation for some freelance artists in Spain to the generous support on offer in Arctic Norway.

£29m emergency funding for Northern Irish arts

29 Sep 2020

Emergency funding has finally been approved. Will it reach the sector in time to ensure its survival?

MPs to DCMS: 'Give the sector a six-month plan'

24 Sep 2020

DCMS Committee Chair says the postponement of a full reopening of the sector presents an opportunity to do it right.

Art: a by-product of managerial concerns

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23 Sep 2020

Many of the assumptions shared by Arts Council England’s original architects have outlived their usefulness, says Andrew Pinnock. Financial support for artists should be hard-wired into the funding system.

Northern Irish arts at 'brink of devastation'

17 Sep 2020

Organisations are pleading with politicians to urgently release £33m funding that was allocated months ago.

Wales to launch £7m freelancer fund

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16 Sep 2020

A final tranche of Welsh Government emergency funding will be reserved for up to 12,800 creatives - but the Culture Minister says organisations need a "total change of attitude" towards recovery. 

Mass testing key to fully reopening the arts sector, MPs told

11 Sep 2020

Arts events could incentivise testing and restart the sector safely. But without a confirmed reopening date, there is little hope of recovery.

Scottish recovery fund 'aims to protect jobs'

11 Sep 2020

Arts organisations facing insolvency or redundancies can apply for up to £150,000 as Scotland delays the return of live events.

Let Councils lead on arts funding, says new report

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07 Sep 2020

Efforts to redistribute arts funding away from London have fallen short, as Arts Council England “fails to treat places equally”.

Millennials make up more of post-Covid audiences, survey indicates

03 Sep 2020

An apparent growth in younger audiences could be a "silver lining" for the sector as fewer older people patronise the arts.

NPOs join forces to deliver city-wide cultural funding

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03 Sep 2020

By setting up a Cultural Investment Fund, Plymouth’s arts organisations are aiming to ‘innovate’ their way out of the crisis.

How Union representation could create a more diverse arts landscape

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03 Sep 2020

The current funding model means a select few decide what art is acceptable. Anthony Padgett argues union representation is the key to unlocking a more culturally rich and inclusive arts industry.

Covid will affect future lottery funding, experts warn

27 Aug 2020

The National Lottery faces major challenges as more charities clamour for support.

Freeze or cut pay to get funding, sector told

14 Aug 2020

Funding bodies will enforce "pay restraint" at the organisations getting recovery money - but won't be exercising the same restraint themselves.

'Cultural contract' to be condition of Welsh emergency funding

13 Aug 2020

The Welsh Government will require organisations to commit to fair pay rates, but has not responded to calls for a universal basic income for creatives.

Councils' culture budgets actually increase

07 Aug 2020

Big cultural showcases bring million-pound increases to larger cities' budgets as London falls behind.

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