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.

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.

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