Northern Ireland reduces size of arts portfolio as cuts continue

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13 Apr 2018

100 arts organisations will share £13.1m this year, as the Arts Council struggles to deal with a £23m reduction in public spending on the arts over the past six years.

Arts Council and University of Kent to explore arts and health

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13 Apr 2018

A Memorandum of Understanding has committed the two parties to investigating the impact of creativity on young people’s wellbeing.

Arts Council criticised for prioritising opera in music funding

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13 Apr 2018

UK Music has accused England’s arts funder of being “too posh for pop” and called for an urgent review of the allocation of national portfolio funds.

Is ACE too posh for pop? Music leaders have their say

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12 Apr 2018

Representatives of Music Venue Trust and the Association of British Orchestras react to UK Music’s provocative call for opera funding to be redistributed.

Public urge Arts Council England to prepare for the future

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12 Apr 2018

A public consultation to inform the national funder’s upcoming ten-year strategy calls for action on the environment and reform to ensure arts careers remain sustainable.

The elusiveness of everyday culture

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12 Apr 2018

What – or who – needs to change to achieve cultural democracy and how can we remove the tension between official and everyday culture, asks Martin Cox.

Arts Council England limits access to capital grants

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06 Apr 2018

Arts organisations outside of ACE’s national portfolio will only have access to capital funding over £100k in “exceptional circumstances”.

Arts funding favours the privileged, Scottish Government told

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06 Apr 2018

A public consultation to inform the Government’s upcoming Culture Strategy also criticised the lack of diversity across the arts workforce.

Arnolfini protected in Bristol visual arts shakeup

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06 Apr 2018

Arts Council England plans to boost Bristol and the South West’s international reputation for the visual arts with a new collaborative commissioning programme.

The art of changing lives

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29 Mar 2018

The success of Hull’s year as City of Culture proves the arts have the power to transform lives. Martin Green says it’s time for policy makers to recognise that they are integral to a healthy, happy society.

New cultural venues for Bradford and Blackpool

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29 Mar 2018

The Government’s £15m Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund has awarded grants to three major capital projects in the North of England.

Support from the right places

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28 Mar 2018

Out of the Blue has weathered the storm of arts funding cuts in Scotland thanks to its social enterprise model and the support of ethical finance providers. Rob Hoon shares the story.

Survey to reveal views on ethics in arts sponsorship

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27 Mar 2018

Following high-profile protests of deals between arts organisations and businesses with controversial track records, ArtsProfessional has launched its latest Pulse survey to examine policy and practice in the cultural sector. 

Loans to become increasingly important for arts organisations

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23 Mar 2018

A new Nesta report finds demand for ‘repayable finance’ is growing as the arts sector looks to increase its earned income.

Arts Council of Wales to deepen links between NHS and arts

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23 Mar 2018

The national funder will look into appointing arts and health coordinators to each of Wales’ health boards to help broker links.

Salisbury arts, theatre and music organisations merge

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23 Mar 2018

Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival will be known as Wiltshire Creative and receive an annual £1.3m from Arts Council England.

Safeguarding the arts in times of economic uncertainty

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22 Mar 2018

Creative Scotland may have been short-sighted to cut funding to Scottish Youth Theatre, but something needs to be done about oversubscription to our arts funding streams. Graham Main suggests some radical solutions.

95% of Hull residents attended a City of Culture activity

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16 Mar 2018

Over 60% of ticket buying audiences were first-time bookers, and the city’s venues experienced a 30% increase in ticket sales.

A reliable and robust business model

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15 Mar 2018

When Marc Steene set up a new art charity, he knew that the key to success would be adopting a business model based on a mix of revenue streams, including an endowment fund and earned income. 

New Arts Council England fund for individual creatives

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14 Mar 2018

Artists, producers and curators must have at least three years’ experience to apply to the new fund, but will not have to secure match funding or deliver public engagement outcomes.

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