£18m drop in funding for the arts as Lottery sales plummet

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17 Nov 2016

Lottery proceeds returned to good causes are at their lowest for three years following disappointing half-year ticket sales. 

East of England LEPs leap into action with arts initiatives

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17 Nov 2016

Two Local Enterprise Partnerships have announced plans to work with Arts Council England to make the most of their regions’ creative assets, boost jobs and drive growth.

International activity financially ‘worth it’ for arts organisations

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14 Nov 2016

Over half of Arts Council England’s NPOs are reaping rewards working internationally, but larger organisations and those based in London tend to benefit most financially.

Arts Council Chair celebrates sector’s entrepreneurial flair

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11 Nov 2016

As he prepares to step down, Sir Peter Bazalgette has said he’s pleased with NPOs’ progress but that board members need to get more directly involved with fundraising. 

Local authority arts services continue to be cut

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11 Nov 2016

Culture Minister Matt Hancock has questioned whether councils are “having to cut” the arts and has called for them to be run more efficiently.

Loan fund prompts entrepreneurial response

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03 Nov 2016

£3m has so far been loaned to arts organisations to develop commercial enterprises that will improve their resilience and achieve long-term financial sustainability.

UK must stay in Creative Europe, arts leaders say

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28 Oct 2016

Two reports summarising the cultural sector’s views on Brexit identify funding, free movement for workers and access to the single market as key issues. 

Arts Council of Wales set for 3.5% funding increase

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21 Oct 2016

The Welsh Government’s draft budget also includes funding for a feasibility study for a national art gallery.

England’s theatre sector becoming increasingly polarised

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21 Oct 2016

Theatre has seen a rise in income over the past four years, although the increases are concentrated in the hands of large organisations, a major new report has found.

‘League of shame’ theatres receive workforce diversity funding

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14 Oct 2016

Arts Council England’s two new funds aim to increase the diversity of senior leaders in arts organisations and support development opportunities for BME theatre makers.

Workforce diversity won’t be a factor in Arts Council ratings

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12 Oct 2016

National Portfolio Organisations must diversify their programming to access ACE funding, but there will be no naming and shaming or sanctions applied if arts organisations fail to achieve workforce and governance objectives.

Arts organisation unlikely to lease The Drum building

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07 Oct 2016

Part of the NPO funding previously earmarked for the venue will now be distributed in the local area to promote arts activity.

New direction for Help Musicians UK

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07 Oct 2016

Organisations that “challenge the status quo” will be eligible for funding through Help Musicians UK’s new open access grants programme.

Funding boost for Arts Council England’s national portfolio

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05 Oct 2016

Arts Council England is tightening up its funding conditions for larger NPOs, which will face sanctions if they fail to contribute to centralised data-gathering or miss diversity targets.

Serota questions tick-box quality assessment

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23 Sep 2016

The Director of Tate galleries and future Chair of Arts Council England has reacted with disbelief at ACE plans to use Quality Metrics to measure artistic quality.

White arts workers less likely to favour diversity quotas

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23 Sep 2016

Survey findings reveal a deep division in opinion among arts workers about how to increase the diversity of the sector’s workforce.  

Metrics to measure arts quality? The sector speaks out

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22 Sep 2016

Following AP’s coverage of Arts Council England’s plans to impose a standardised system for measuring artistic quality on its National Portfolio Organisations, hundreds of artists, academics, arts professionals and other commentators across the world have taken to Twitter to share their views. The overwhelming majority are not impressed, as shown in this small but representative selection of comments…

Arts Council to impose quantitative measures of arts quality

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16 Sep 2016

Arts Council England is forging ahead with plans to impose a standardised system for measuring artistic quality on its NPOs, despite a lukewarm sector response and warnings that this will require a “quantum change” in organisational attitudes to data. 

Caught on film

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15 Sep 2016

Short films showcasing the work of museums in Cornwall have had a real impact on the local community and attracted the attention of key influencers and decision-makers. Chloe Hughes explains.

A fresh vision

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15 Sep 2016

Harrow Arts Centre faced almost certain closure following council cuts, but a fresh vision and new governance under a charitable trust are securing its long-term future. Andrew Welch tells the story.


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