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.

16 London boroughs set sights on £3m city-wide culture award

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29 Sep 2017

Eight boroughs will ultimately receive a slice of the funding through the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture competition, which has been labelled both “transformative” and “divisive” by commentators.

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.

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