Hull ensures UK City of Culture legacy with £250m investment

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29 Sep 2017

An additional £1m will help the organisation delivering Hull 2017 establish itself as an independent company and continue to provide cultural programmes after the year of festivities ends.

Theresa May wants UK to remain in European cultural programmes

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25 Sep 2017

The Creative Industries Federation welcomed the Prime Minister’s comments, but said it was time to “turn this rhetoric into reality”.

Bridge organisation establishes endowment to secure legacy

22 Sep 2017

The Culture Bridge North East Fund will award grants of up to £1,500 to help young people in the North East access quality arts and culture.

Could £10,000 get your creative idea off the ground?

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21 Sep 2017

Two young creatives are now running their own businesses thanks to a Creative Enterprise award. Nicole Lovett introduces them.

Researchers sing praises of Creative People and Places

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08 Sep 2017

A three-year evaluation has commended the Arts Council England programme as a source of learning for community arts, but raised concerns about its long-term sustainability.

Arts projects share youth development windfall

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08 Sep 2017

The Garage in Norwich and Travelling Light Theatre Company are among those to receive a grant from the one-off £40m fund.

Scotland pledges additional £10m for Edinburgh Festivals

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01 Sep 2017

Money for cultural content and skills development will be delivered across a five-year programme, starting in 2018.

National Funding Scheme under review again

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01 Sep 2017

The Charity Commission is reviewing the activities of the charity behind the DONATE digital fundraising platform for the second time, to determine whether there are ongoing “regulatory concerns”. 

Arts Council spends Lottery reserves as income falls

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01 Sep 2017

A downturn in National Lottery sales meant a £41m fall in income for Arts Council England, the year before it pledged £284m to National Portfolio Organisations through Lottery.

Wise Children publishes Arts Council funding bid

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25 Aug 2017

Documents linked to its national portfolio application have revealed Emma Rice’s new company was unable to provide required financial information, and was the only South West applicant to hold a ‘mandatory conversation’ with its ACE Area Director.

UK arts threatened by planned £39m British Council cut

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25 Aug 2017

The UK’s Creative Europe desk, managed by the British Council, would be unaffected by the proposed cut.

Welsh Assembly bids to reduce arts sector’s reliance on funding

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16 Aug 2017

A government inquiry is examining how arts organisations in Wales can increase earned income, philanthropy and investment.

Arts in North underfunded by £700m, think tank claims

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10 Aug 2017

Arts Council England’s national portfolio spend will be £27 per head in the North for 2018-22, compared with more than £71 in London, IPPR North has calculated.

North gets £15m boost with new cultural regeneration fund

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04 Aug 2017

Towns and cities are encouraged to bid for capital grants to build a lasting regional legacy to the Government’s ‘Great Exhibition of the North’.

Arts sector demands answers over funding of Wise Children

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01 Aug 2017

Arts Council England has denied that it gave special treatment to a national portfolio application from Emma Rice’s new theatre company.

Northern Ireland considers abolishing Arts Council

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28 Jul 2017

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has defended its independence, claiming that policy-making expertise and access to external funding would be at risk if it were to lose its arms-length status. 

£2m in Arts Council funding for Emma Rice’s new company is everything that’s wrong with the arts

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27 Jul 2017

If the national funder really cared about equality, it wouldn’t endorse a £2m application from a nine-day-old organisation, argues Christy Romer.

Celebrating cultural philanthropists

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27 Jul 2017

With only 1% of philanthropic giving going to the arts, Caroline McCormick shares her thoughts on how the sector can convince more people to give.

Arts Council puts Quality Metrics plans on ice

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24 Jul 2017

Following a halt in the procurement process, ACE now expects its new system for assessing the quality of artistic work to be up and running in 2019. 

How to… exhibit art without public funding

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21 Jul 2017

House of Illustration puts on ten exhibitions and turns over £1m every year - all without public funding. Colin McKenzie explains how.

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