European Union contributes £40m a year to UK culture

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23 Feb 2018

New research by Arts Council England, produced to inform the Brexit negotiations, has highlighted the negative impact losing funding and free movement could have on the sector.

Arts Council reduces funding for The Space by 48%

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21 Feb 2018

The digital art agency has described its reduced budget as “an excellent opportunity to sharpen our focus”.

Heritage Lottery Fund consults on becoming more commercial

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21 Feb 2018

Grant-giving will be disrupted for the next year, as the funder considers introducing loans and corporate funding objectives from 2019.

Museum and galleries funding must be “urgently” increased

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21 Feb 2018

A new report is heavily critical of the Mendoza Reivew, after identifying a gap between museum resources and the cost of acquiring art through auction.

New fund to promote learning through the arts in schools

16 Feb 2018

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation will grant £750k a year to arts organisations helping primary school teachers use the arts in their classrooms.

Research questions value of Gift Aid scheme

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16 Feb 2018

The Government spends more money incentivising donations than charities receive through the incentivised donations, researchers at a new independent Tax Centre have concluded.

Is Government preparing to privatise the arts?

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15 Feb 2018

How much longer will the UK government support the arts? Andrew Pinnock fears all signs point to it adopting a much more commercial approach in the future.

Rebalancing funding for rural arts

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08 Feb 2018

It’s not enough for urban arts companies to tour to rural areas - we need to support more rurally based organisations, argues Ralph Lister.

Pressure mounts on Arts Council of Northern Ireland Chair

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08 Feb 2018

51 regularly funded arts organisations have supported a statement expressing no confidence in the funder’s Chair, who has spent weeks embroiled in controversy.

Creative Scotland U-turns on arts funding cuts

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06 Feb 2018

£2.6m of additional funds will be used to re-admit five organisations into the core-funded portfolio until 2021, in a move described as a “victory for common sense”.

Crisis at Creative Scotland following funding decision backlash

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02 Feb 2018

Board members have resigned following outrage at the funder’s decision to end support for a number of arts organisations that work with children and disabled people. 

Collapse in local authority funding spells end for advocacy body

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02 Feb 2018

Arts Development UK will wind down in April after attempts to increase membership were unsuccessful, but services may be taken up by other bodies.

Government must replace lost EU culture funding, MPs say

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26 Jan 2018

A cross-party select committee has called for continued membership of Creative Europe post-Brexit and argues for free movement during any transition period.

Leeds council risks ‘ripping soul out of community arts’

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26 Jan 2018

Cost-saving measures by Leeds City Council will see access to Carriageworks theatre restricted and a price hike on room hire that could affect hundreds of members of voluntary arts groups.

Creative Scotland limits cuts following funding boost

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26 Jan 2018

Just nine regularly funded arts organisations will receive less money from Creative Scotland in 2018-21, while 27 organisations receive an uplift and 19 join the portfolio.

Book review: Capital Gains

24 Jan 2018

David Powell reviews Prue Skene’s candid account of her tenure as Chair of Arts Council England’s Lottery panel.

Lottery shortfall forces ACE to cut 2018-22 budget by £156m

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24 Jan 2018

£39m less per year is available as Arts Council England announces new funding streams and a new name for Grants for the Arts.

Arts Council begins consultation on next ten-year strategy

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19 Jan 2018

A 12-week online discussion will inform a draft strategy for the funder to replace ‘Great Art and Culture for Everyone’.

Creative industries risk losing 27,000 jobs in no-deal Brexit

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12 Jan 2018

An impact analysis commissioned by London's mayor shows the country could lose up to £3.3bn in growth by 2030 if no long-term or transitional deal is put in place.

Arts Council England considers new funding stream for fiction

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09 Jan 2018

The national funder is concerned by low income for writers and a lack of diversity in the sector, and has pledged more support for authors, publishers and independent bookshops.

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