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.

Five cities shortlisted for UK City of Culture 2021

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17 Jul 2017

The UK’s smallest city, St David’s, did not make the shortlist.

Quality Metrics stalled as ACE falls foul of procurement rules

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14 Jul 2017

By refusing to clarify why the £2.7m tender process for the Quality Metrics scheme has come to a sudden halt, Arts Council England faces speculation as to how it has breached EU rules.

Arts Council unveils ‘significant’ fund for artists working internationally

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14 Jul 2017

The Creative Practitioners Fund will be used to support research and development, and will be open to people working in the wider creative industries across England.

Choirs just as worthy of funding as football, report argues

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14 Jul 2017

Across the UK, 40,000 choirs are boosting the health and wellbeing of singers, but with funding they could do much more, according to new research.

Civically engaged arts leaders are “over-stretched”, inquiry finds

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13 Jul 2017

Arts organisations have a key role to play helping communities “come together, to learn, debate and celebrate” but they need more support, according to a new report from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Can less really be more?

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13 Jul 2017

As more and more local authorities reduce funding and staffing for the arts, how can we ensure they have the capacity to fulfil their cultural responsibilities? Jane Wilson shares her thoughts.

A modest but vital grant scheme

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13 Jul 2017

Sally Staples explains how East Sussex Arts Partnership has simplified its grant-giving system by match funding successful Grants for the Arts bids.

Bidding for funding in partnership

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13 Jul 2017

When the six counties in the north of Wales suddenly found themselves in competition with one another for funding, they decided to form a regional partnership and work together. Gwenno Eleri Jones tells the story.

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