What will Brexit mean for European arts partnerships?

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09 Aug 2019

The prospect of leaving the EU inevitably creates uncertainties – but a silver lining is a greater understanding of the value of international collaboration, says Christoph Jankowski.

The power of collaborative communities

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05 Aug 2019

To unlock the full value of culture, Arts Council England needs to support villages, towns and cities across the country to work together more closely, says the funder's Deputy Chief Executive Simon Mellor.

London Borough of Culture: Council U-turns on funding commitment

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02 Aug 2019

Waltham Forest has backtracked on an offer of £35k funding for a festival whose legacy formed part of the evidence used to support the council’s winning bid.

Boris Johnson and Munira Mirza: dream team or death knell for the arts?

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30 Jul 2019

Boris Johnson's Government has announced £2.1bn more to support planning for a no-deal Brexit - but what will its attitude towards the arts be? We consider how the former London mayoral team might approach cultural policy.

London receives a third of all ACE funding

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26 Jul 2019

The capital continues to dominate Arts Council funding allocation, but distribution of the agency’s National Lottery Project Grants is in line with a target of 75% of Lottery revenue for regional areas.

What do you want to ask ACE about the new 10 year strategy?

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25 Jul 2019

The Arts Council admits it should do more to promote everyday creativity, after a record of  “not always full throated” support.

Join the discussion on ACE’s new strategy

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23 Jul 2019

Over the coming weeks, ArtsProfessional will be putting your questions to Arts Council England on its new draft ten-year strategy. Here ACE’s Deputy Chief Executive Simon Mellor introduces one of the strategy’s three key outcomes.

Inquiry into future of the National Lottery launched

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19 Jul 2019

The DCMS Committee will consider what help funding distributors need to manage “changing trends” in returns to good causes.

Decline in local authority culture spend slows

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12 Jul 2019

Culture and heritage budgets across England are starting to settle as unitary authorities spend more.

Mayor steps in to plug V&A East funding gap

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12 Jul 2019

The GLA has agreed to underwrite a budget shortfall of up to £12m, which is expected despite a £9m a year boost in funding from DCMS.

€3.1m Creative Europe funding hangs on Brexit deal

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11 Jul 2019

“Our carefully laid plans…would be wasted” if the UK leaves without a deal, says an organisation awarded €1.3m to lead a collaborative project.

Funding cuts for Birmingham arts organisations softened

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05 Jul 2019

Birmingham City Council decided a proposed 30% cut would have been too “damaging”, but says there is still an urgent need to find new sources of revenue.

Dance Manchester closes after 27 years 

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05 Jul 2019

The company says its operating model was too “old school” to remain sustainable after the loss of NPO funding in 2018.

ACE proposes ‘relevance’ in new 10 year strategy

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28 Jun 2019

Arts Council England’s draft 10 year strategy says “we do not consider that certain types or scales of artistic activity are inherently of higher quality or value than others”.

Great Place scheme urged to scale down ambitions

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21 Jun 2019

A report into the pilot placemaking programme says beneficiaries “should review the ambition of their projects against practicalities”.

ACW promises to simplify Lottery grants process

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21 Jun 2019

The funder says it will raise the cap on small grants from £5,000 to £10,000 and consider raising the £30,000 cap on larger applications.

London still dominates private fundraising

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21 Jun 2019

A growing number of organisations fear that a slowing economy will harm their ability to raise funds.

Creative Scotland admitted ‘unfundable’ organisations into portfolio

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19 Jun 2019

Last-minute interventions by senior figures “ultimately served to undermine the integrity of the RFO process”, staff told an independent review.

Camelot takes £39m from good causes to boost marketing budget

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13 Jun 2019

Less Lottery money was available for the arts in 2018/19, despite sales increasing by £255m.

Government should formally measure the value of culture, says Nesta

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12 Jun 2019

A model that asked people how much they would pay to save museums and cathedrals from closure can and should be applied more broadly, the charity argues.

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