Scottish ministers call for Lottery recovery plan

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16 Nov 2017

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has ignored a second plea from Scotland to offset the severe decline in Lottery funding for culture and sport.

Arrested development: a region losing its arts officers

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16 Nov 2017

As the infrastructure of local authority arts provision starts to crack under the strain of funding cuts, Christy Romer examines the ripple effect across Norfolk.

Readers respond: what should Animazing do next?

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13 Nov 2017

Paul Young receives guidance on partnerships and funding, in response to his question about opening a children’s TV museum as a social enterprise.

Arts and culture contribute £11.8bn to UK economy

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09 Nov 2017

New research highlights the interplay between the arts and the creative industries, at a time when ministerial responsibility for the two sectors has been separated by the DCMS.

Energy usage down as arts embrace green funding agreements

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07 Nov 2017

England’s National Portfolio Organisations are reporting lower costs and wider benefits from environmental policies and action plans aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

How much hope should we put in trusts and foundations?

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02 Nov 2017

With local authority arts funding slumping, are trusts and foundations picking up the bill? Christy Romer assesses a landscape under strain.

How I reacted to… a change in the funding climate

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30 Oct 2017

When project funding slowed after the financial crash, Jaybird Live Literature was unable to put on the technically complex poetry shows it was known for. Julia Bird explains how it adapted its work to stay in business.

Wales considers nationwide collaborative funding bids

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27 Oct 2017

The Arts Council of Wales is keen to help the sector attract funding from trusts and foundations to increase resilience.

Why a council pulled the plug on a £17m arts centre

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26 Oct 2017

What lessons can be learned from Harrow Arts Centre about the complex and risky business of moving arts services into independent trusts? Christy Romer investigates how a dream turned sour.

Grantium saved Arts Council England £700k last year

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20 Oct 2017

The funder is considering rolling out changes to the application platform labelled “intolerable” and “useless” by some users.

Grassroots arts suffering most under local authority cuts

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18 Oct 2017

A survey of arts workers has revealed the strains funding cuts are putting on the sector and shown that many local authorities are yet to be convinced of the value of arts and culture. 

Local authority arts cuts: Optimism can only take us so far

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18 Oct 2017

Arts organisations are resourceful, collaborative, entrepreneurial and imaginative, but we must recognise that the long-term decline in public funding will eventually topple a generation. Christy Romer introduces AP’s latest feature series on ‘Local authority arts cuts’.

Pulse report: Local authority arts funding – what should be done?

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18 Oct 2017

As budgets tighten, many local authorities feel they have little choice but to cut spending on arts and culture. But how is the sector reacting and what should be done to help mitigate the damage? Frances Richens shares the findings of ArtsProfessional’s latest Pulse survey.

Matched crowdfunding increases public donations and fundraising skills

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13 Oct 2017

The average public donation to arts projects increased from £63 to £74 when backed by match funding.

Creative Scotland warns number of Regularly Funded Organisations will fall

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13 Oct 2017

Declining Lottery receipts will mean less cash for RFOs, although final funding decisions will be made after the national funding body hears its budget settlement in mid-December.

Arts Council England consults on future of Bristol’s visual arts

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11 Oct 2017

£3.3m will be invested in the city’s visual arts by 2022 after Arnolfini and Situations were dropped from the national portfolio.

Welsh arts leaders call for national arts advocacy campaign

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06 Oct 2017

A ‘brand Wales’ campaign would raise the profile of culture and help the sector raise more non-public funds, the Welsh Assembly has been told.

Investing in enterprise

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05 Oct 2017

Arts organisations are increasingly diversifying their sources of income and for some that may require social investment to get an enterprise up and started. Ed Anderton explains the support Access offers.

Will this policy trend spell the end of arts funding?

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04 Oct 2017

Steven Hadley shares his concerns about the shift towards hyperinstrumentalisation in arts policy, which is giving precedence to wellbeing, educational and economic outcomes over cultural value.

New fund to help arts organisations develop immersive content

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02 Oct 2017

The Arts Council England-backed scheme has been announced the week after research found arts organisations are becoming less experimental with digital technology.

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