Choirs just as worthy of funding as football, report argues

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14 Jul 2017

Across the UK, 40,000 choirs are boosting the health and wellbeing of singers, but with funding they could do much more, according to new research.

Civically engaged arts leaders are “over-stretched”, inquiry finds

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13 Jul 2017

Arts organisations have a key role to play helping communities “come together, to learn, debate and celebrate” but they need more support, according to a new report from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Can less really be more?

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13 Jul 2017

As more and more local authorities reduce funding and staffing for the arts, how can we ensure they have the capacity to fulfil their cultural responsibilities? Jane Wilson shares her thoughts.

A modest but vital grant scheme

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13 Jul 2017

Sally Staples explains how East Sussex Arts Partnership has simplified its grant-giving system by match funding successful Grants for the Arts bids.

Bidding for funding in partnership

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13 Jul 2017

When the six counties in the north of Wales suddenly found themselves in competition with one another for funding, they decided to form a regional partnership and work together. Gwenno Eleri Jones tells the story.

Still going it alone

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13 Jul 2017

Two years after The Arts Development Company was formed to replace Dorset County Council’s arts service, Mike Hoskin gives an update on progress so far. 

A simpler funding system

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13 Jul 2017

Budget cuts have forced Bristol City Council to change the system it uses to fund arts and culture activities. Philip Walker explains its new cultural investment programme.

Art ‘doesn’t need to be useful’, report advises self-evaluating organisations

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05 Jul 2017

A new resource aims to guide arts organisations through self-assessment, whether they have chosen to do it or been asked to do so by a funder.

London boroughs to share £3m in new cultural competition

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30 Jun 2017

32 boroughs will compete to be named ‘London Borough of Culture’, with one taking the title in 2019 and another in 2020.

UK grows share of ‘increasingly important’ Creative Europe funding following Brexit vote

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26 Jun 2017

35 creative, cultural and heritage organisations from across the UK have been awarded a combined €3.2m in funding.

Arts funding should focus on ‘everyday creativity’, researchers claim

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23 Jun 2017

A new academic report says that shifting cultural policy to enable people to be creative and make their own culture would be a fairer use of public funds and lead to greater equality.

The Times rebuked for implying Kensington and Chelsea wasted Grenfell tenants’ money on opera

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23 Jun 2017

The newspaper has published a small acknowledgement that Opera Holland Park, on which the council allegedly “lost” £2.5m, has operated independent of council funding since 2015.

Creating cultural democracy

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22 Jun 2017

Only 8% of people regularly engage with publicly funded art, but every day people are creating their own versions of culture. Nick Wilson and Jonathan Gross report on research that makes the case for a new approach to cultural policy.

Lottery arts funding plummets by £55m

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20 Jun 2017

National Lottery operator Camelot expects “disappointing” sales to decline further this year.

Northern Ireland arts organisations hit by funding cuts

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16 Jun 2017

The Arts Council was unable to maintain standstill funding following orders from the Department for Communities.

General election: Arts sector reacts to ‘rejection of hard Brexit’

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09 Jun 2017

The need for clarity has emerged as a key priority for arts organisations following the confirmation that no political party has won majority control of the House of Commons.

“Only a fool or a knave” trusts quality metrics, say academics

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02 Jun 2017

Researchers have published a damning attack on the use of quantitative measures to assess artistic quality, warning Arts Council England of the potential consequences of rolling out the Culture Counts system.

£1.5m for cultural placemaking in Wales

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26 May 2017

The pilot Great Place Scheme, which uses culture and heritage to deliver social and economic agendas, has been rolled out to Scotland and Wales.

What are we counting?

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25 May 2017

Roger Tomlinson has more questions than answers about the quality metrics system that Arts Council England’s larger NPOs will soon be required to use.

Creative Industries Federation pulls out of election event with Labour

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19 May 2017

The industry body said it was forced to drop out as Labour would not commit to “proper scrutiny”.

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