An inconvenient truth

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28 Mar 2017

Joe Hallgarten proposes a new solution to the uncomfortable fact that attendance at taxpayer-subsidised arts events remains stubbornly skewed by social class.

Library funding misses the point, authors claim

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24 Mar 2017

Arts Council England funding for projects to tackle disadvantage is accused of being “window dressing” in the context of local authority cuts and library closures. 

Arts Council collaborates on arts projects with South Korea

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20 Mar 2017

The launch of a joint £1.4m fund comes months after the South Korean Culture Minister was arrested for blocking 10,000 artists from accessing funding.

Arts Council England to move all funding programmes onto Grantium

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17 Mar 2017

A planned evaluation of the much-criticised funding portal will not lead to them retiring the system, ACE has confirmed.

More cash for arts organisations to crowdfund

17 Mar 2017

A DCMS-backed funding programme is set to extend the value of match funding offered to arts organisations raising funds through crowdfunding.

£20m to drive cultural regeneration in 16 areas across England

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17 Mar 2017

The pilot Great Place Scheme will be rolled out to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland later this year.

Navigating change

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16 Mar 2017

Business support provides a lifeline that can help cultural organisations attract new partners, funders, lenders and investors. Sarah Thirtle previews a new programme designed to do just that.

Beware the corporate sponsors

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14 Mar 2017

Can corporate sponsorship have a negative effect on a cultural organisation’s artistic value? Yuliya Shymko and Thomas Roulet share what they have learned studying the Russian theatre sector.

Female musicians empowered by dedicated funding but industry-wide sexism persists

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10 Mar 2017

Women want to be recognised for their talent, but struggle to overcome gender barriers in the music industry without targeted support, report finds.

Creative Scotland warns of cuts to Regular Funding

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10 Mar 2017

Arts organisations working on their funding bids have been asked to “budget realistically and focus on core need”.

Additional £435m business rates support announced in budget

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09 Mar 2017

New ‘T-level’ qualifications will be introduced from 2019, with a Creative and Design strand preparing young people for roles including arts producer and graphic designer.

Arts organisations celebrate record fundraising success

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03 Mar 2017

The amount generated through donations, sponsorship and membership by Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations has doubled over the past seven years.

Bristol culture cuts “deeply concerning”, says Arts Council

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03 Mar 2017

Bristol City Council denies that the £380k cuts to its culture budget undermine a strategic partnership signed with the national funder in 2015.

Majority of new National Portfolio applicants are diverse-led

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24 Feb 2017

Arts Council England’s £37m NPO budget increase will be mostly used for organisations outside of London.

Arts Council earmarks £2.7m for Quality Metrics roll-out

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24 Feb 2017

The biggest ever invitation to tender issued by Arts Council England is for a contract to deliver a standardised system for quantifying artistic quality, which 300 larger arts organisations will be required to use.

Why Quality Metrics is a really bad idea

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24 Feb 2017

Liz Hill tells NPOs, ‘just say no’ to a fundamentally flawed scheme that will reveal more about the nature of the audience than the quality of an arts organisation’s artistic work. 

£1m kick-starts National Endowment for Music in Wales

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17 Feb 2017

The Welsh Government fund aims to start helping young people develop their musical talents by 2020.

Arts Council prepares to fund an additional 216 NPOs from 2018

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10 Feb 2017

As many as 900 arts organisations and museums could be admitted into the national portfolio in the next funding round.

Arts Council of Wales grilled over spending decision

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10 Feb 2017

ACW Chief Executive Nick Capaldi said he was “saddened” by the apparent clash with Arts&Business Cymru over its funding model.

Catalyst created an arts fundraising ‘culture change’, report finds

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10 Feb 2017

88% of arts organisations involved in Arts Council England’s funding programme have committed to maintaining or increasing the money they spend on fundraising.


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