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.

EU culture funding for UK guaranteed until at least 2020

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21 Dec 2017

UK arts organisations and European partners have been advised to continue applications for Creative Europe funding as normal.

How to… get funding and support from your local council

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20 Dec 2017

When is it the right time to approach a council with your idea for an arts project? And what support can you expect to receive? Arts Development Officer Akua Obeng-Frimpong offers her wisdom.

Government to streamline Gift Aid rules

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20 Dec 2017

The current ‘benefit’ thresholds will be simplified into two levels – for donations under £100 and over £100.

Petition demands reversal of Murdoch ACE appointment

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19 Dec 2017

Artists’ Union England says Elisabeth Murdoch’s appointment to the arts funder’s National Council is “another example of corporate co-option of a publicly-funded institution”.

London to get ten ‘Creative Enterprise Zones’ in £5m scheme

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15 Dec 2017

Ten London boroughs will each receive £50k to create permanent affordable creative workspaces and provide support for artists and creative businesses.

Lottery shareholders profit while returns to good causes stagnate

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15 Dec 2017

The Public Accounts Committee intends to hold an inquiry into National Lottery operator Camelot after a Parliamentary investigation uncovered soaring shareholder profits.

Scotland surprises by boosting arts budget to offset lottery decline

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15 Dec 2017

Creative Scotland’s budget will be increased by £6.6m each year for the next three years.

Bristol ploughs ahead with arts cuts

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06 Dec 2017

Bristol Old Vic has lost 65% of its council funding but 13 arts organisations will receive core funding for the first time.

Murdoch joins Arts Council England

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05 Dec 2017

Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is one of seven new appointments to the national funder’s governing board.

How can we best measure social value?

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05 Dec 2017

As the arts work their magic in so many mysterious ways, how can their impact be fully understood and measured? Matthew Brown wrestles with the concept of social value.

Lottery decline will mean funding cuts, warns Arts Council England

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01 Dec 2017

Falling Lottery revenues and a commitment to more cash for NPOs in the regions will see Arts Council England spending less on strategic funding and capital investments.

New £1.5m fund to support emerging visual artists in UK regions

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01 Dec 2017

Four arts organisation, one in each of the UK’s nations, will win a slice of the Freelands Foundation funding to select and support 80 artists over the next five years.

Reader’s question: Flamenco Productions asks ‘what should I do next?’

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27 Nov 2017

Do you have any advice for Vicky Rodríguez-Altuna, who wants to take her successful flamenco show around the UK but is struggling to raise the necessary funding?

Arts investment: The north-south divide

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23 Nov 2017

In an era of funding cuts, how can a town like Barnsley find the level of support it needs to encourage badly needed cultural regeneration? Helen Ball describes the challenges.

Lottery arts funding continues to slump

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22 Nov 2017

A 3.2% decline in National Lottery sales translates into a £6.4m cut for arts funders across the UK.

Creative Scotland delays regular funding decision until new year

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21 Nov 2017

The contracts for Scottish arts organisations currently in receipt of regular funding will be extended until the end of May 2018 to mitigate the effects of the delay.

Two-year funding for Welsh arts portfolio “looks likely”

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17 Nov 2017

The Welsh Government has guaranteed the Arts Council of Wales funding for two years for the first time in a bid to provide “certainty and stability”.

Coordinated campaign to thank Lottery players for arts funding

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17 Nov 2017

The week-long activity will be followed by a linked campaign for heritage, which will see sites across the UK offering free entry to anyone with a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard.

Review calls for a more strategic approach to museums funding

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17 Nov 2017

Arts Council England has committed to developing a Museums Action Plan, on the recommendation of the first independent review of the museums sector for more than ten years.

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