UK must correct ‘very strong London bias’ in cultural provision, says report

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07 Jun 2019

Cultural leaders have expressed dismay that Lord Kerslake’s inquiry into the UK’s economic imbalances did not make more specific references to the arts and culture.

Fears within ACE over ‘dumbing down’ art

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07 Jun 2019

Arts Council England’s Deputy Chief Executive has reassured those concerned about its new strategy that they should “be clear that the Royal Opera House is as important as Creative People and Places”.

Festival locations cancelled after funding flop

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07 Jun 2019

Almost half the shows in a touring film and theatre festival have been cancelled at short notice following lacklustre ticket sales and failures to secure public funding.

‘More exploration’ needed into whether DCMS investment hub can aid the arts

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07 Jun 2019

The Impact Investment Institute will help people ‘combine financial returns with a social purpose’, potentially boosting funding for the arts.

It's time to be honest about failure

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06 Jun 2019

New research suggests that cultural organisations are reluctant to admit to failure for fear of losing their funding. To make genuine progress, we need a more honest approach, says Leila Jancovich.

Boosting your financial credibility

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06 Jun 2019

Alison O'Neill shares her thoughts on how small arts organisations can acquire the financial expertise that grant-making bodies are looking for.

Case builds for ‘commercial justification’ of the arts

31 May 2019

As a Government spending review approaches, Arts Council England and the Creative Industries Federation have joined forces to put forward an unashamedly economic case for funding culture.

Rediscovering a role for artists

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30 May 2019

A series of informal surgeries for creative artists in Salford uncovered widespread disillusionment, says Steve Slater - as well as suggesting new ways foward.

Campaign champions impact of Scottish visual arts

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24 May 2019

Art in Action is calling on politicians to “think differently about art” and place it at the heart of their decision-making.

Fundraisers concerned about donors’ future income

17 May 2019

New research warns that “the wider macroeconomic environment will impact on the ability of charities to raise funds when individuals experience a decline in disposable income”.

Creative Europe supports UK culture despite Brexit uncertainty

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17 May 2019

UK cultural organisations have been urged to "continue applications as normal" as negotiations over leaving the EU continue.

Rural areas suffer from ACE funding bias

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10 May 2019

An evidence review by Arts Council England suggests a reduction in London funding “should naturally lead to greater potential for funding rural organisations”.

ACE denies statistics are misleading as regulator demands more clarity

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03 May 2019

The UK Statistics Authority has endorsed AP’s challenge to Arts Council England over the reporting of audience numbers in its latest annual review.

Arts Council calls in Plain English Campaign

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03 May 2019

The campaigning group which challenges “gobbledygook, jargon and misleading public information” has been brought in to help stamp out meaningless and inaccessible language. 

Funder tells artists to charge higher fees

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26 Apr 2019

The first round of the new Jerwood Bursaries sees artists invited to resubmit their funding bids to include more pay for themselves.  

100 arts managers share £10m

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18 Apr 2019

At London’s Royal Opera House, 14 senior managers and a further 12 performers were paid over £100k in 2016/17, amounting to 17% of its annual Arts Council funding.

Financing future communities

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18 Apr 2019

The Conservatoire in Blackheath recently arranged a finance plan with Triodos Bank to fund its future activities. Phillip Bate explains how the bank’s ethos and belief in the cultural sector made it happen.

Scotland to assess future of arts funding

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21 Mar 2019

An inquiry led by members of the Scottish Parliament will examine public and private sources of revenues for artists and focus on how funding should be distributed to create a sustainable future for the sector.

Public art by popular demand

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21 Mar 2019

A recent survey found that four in five Londoners would contribute at least £2 towards public art in their local area. Marine Tanguy and Vishal Kumar explore the potential role of citizens in new commissions.

South West lost out on grants for artists

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19 Mar 2019

London bore the brunt of cuts to Arts Council England’s open access ‘Grants for the Arts’ scheme, while an associated funding redistribution favoured the South East. 

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