‘The shackles are removed’: arts sector responds to Harry and Meghan's decision

10 Jan 2020

Cultural sector figures question the benefits of royal patronage and consider whether the couple's departure from senior royal duties could allow them to speak more openly about discrimination.

EU culture budget at risk: what will it mean for Creative Europe?

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08 Jan 2020

It is feared that cuts proposed by the European Council’s presidency would “seriously affect" the amount of funding available for Creative Europe.

What has the Lottery done for artists?

02 Jan 2020

Artists are the lifeblood of the arts, but their direct funding has steadily declined over the past two decades. A change in approach is now essential, says Susan Jones.

Wooing the young billionaires

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02 Jan 2020

With arts philanthropy static in the UK and declining in the US, what needs to be done to persuade the next generation of mega-rich donors to support culture? Michelle Wright examines the challenges ahead.

Scottish culture inquiry: put artists at the centre of new funding system

19 Dec 2019

A months-long investigation by MSPs has concluded that “urgent, robust action” is needed to ensure fair pay for artists and a viable future for the country’s cultural sector.

‘An early Christmas present’: NPOs get 1.84% funding boost

18 Dec 2019

Arts Council England has confirmed a small cash injection for each of its portfolio organisations in 2020.

ACE treads carefully with ‘intrusive’ new social class metric

17 Dec 2019

Arts Council England will begin collecting data on the socio-economic background of its NPO workforce next year, but will need to overcome perceptions that doing so is “alien, intimate and intrusive”.

AP's end of year quiz

13 Dec 2019

Arts numpty? Or sector swot? Test your team's knowledge with ArtsProfessional's light-hearted look at the year's news... 

Finding faith in voluntary arts

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05 Dec 2019

How do policies and prejudices around religious belief affect the cultural workforce? People of faith tell Martin Cox how they feel about being an artist involved in socially engaged arts.

Scottish Culture Strategy delayed for election

05 Dec 2019

Culture Secretary and staff fear the key policy document will be buried by other news if it is released before the General Election.

Fundraised income grows by 10% in a year

28 Nov 2019

Publicly funded arts organisations attracted more fundraising in 2018/19, but the growth isn’t keeping pace with inflation and falling grant-in-aid.

Election 2019: what’s in it for the arts? (Part II)

27 Nov 2019

AP looks at the promises set out in party manifestos. This week: Conservatives, Plaid Cymru, SNP and the Brexit Party.

Election 2019: What’s in it for the arts? 

22 Nov 2019

AP looks at the promises set out in party manifestos. This week: Labour, Liberal Democrats and Green Party

Grants model of arts funding must change, Creative Scotland told

19 Nov 2019

A review of international approaches to funding culture concludes that “change is inevitable”.

Arts Council of Wales signals bleak funding future

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08 Nov 2019

The funder has warned organisations seeking annual funding that they must demonstrate what they would deliver “should you receive a lower level of funding”.

A sticking plaster policy

14 Oct 2019

Before praising the Culture Secretary for “responding so positively” to the financial crisis facing the cultural sector, Arts Council England would do well to take a step back and review its own evidence, says Liz Hill.

Labour proposes ‘transparency’ in National Lottery distribution

11 Oct 2019

Deputy Leader Tom Watson says his party would compel the Lottery operator to release ticket sales data to address the unequal distribution of funding.

London Borough of Culture: Council changes explanation for funding withdrawal

10 Oct 2019

A festival left with a £30,000 deficit after Waltham Forest’s decision claims the authority is “seeking to justify a refusal to pay compensation”.

A strategy for self-preservation

03 Oct 2019

Arts Council England’s draft ten-year strategy aims to ensure its own bureaucratic survival and reveals the thinking of an organisation that imagines it is in charge. It is not a strategy for the cultural organisations it is meant to serve, says Robert Hewison

Creativity key as EU faces 'turning point', report says

02 Oct 2019

The rise of populism, rejection from investors, a volatile labour market, climate change, digitisation and "economic crisis recovery": a new study surveys the threats and opportunities facing Europe's creative and cultural sectors.

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