Putting arts education in place

Image of Beacons, Conrad Shawcross art installation
20 Jun 2024

With the general election looming, Jason Jones-Hall explains why all parties should embrace an arts-led approach to place to enhance our children’s education. 

Time for a national youth arts trust?

Teenagers in an art class
18 Apr 2024

There has been a massive decline in arts for young people over the last 15 years. So much so that Joe Hallgarten thinks we need a dedicated national organisation to repair the damage. The current review of ACE might provide an opportunity.

Bridging the divide for children in the North

Childwall Academy
17 Nov 2022

At the heart of the cost-of-living and Covid storm, children and young people have fewer opportunities to engage in arts and culture and barriers to access are growing. Hannah Baldwin thinks this is a crisis in the making.

Education in need of a radical rethink 

First Encounters with Shakespeare production photograph
15 Sep 2022

Industry complains of a chronic skills shortage in areas such as communication and creativity. Yet our education system places little value on subjects that hone those skills, says Jacqui O'Hanlon.

Training the next generation: filming performance bootcamp

31 Aug 2022

Natalie Woolman explains how a bootcamp to develop a talent pipeline for the multicamera teams of the future will address a serious gap in skills training.

‘Our Time, Our Place’

Young people from Bradford send off for the district's official UK City of Culture 2025 bid
19 Apr 2022

In the second in our series profiling the shortlisted candidates for City of Culture 2025, Shanaz Gulzar shares how Bradford's young people shaped a bid that awakened a sleeping giant of a city.

Uncomfortable truths

Set of 8 children's illustrations of young people
19 Jun 2024

Arts organisations are committed to reaching marginalised young people through their creative practice. But what happens when young people say things we don’t want to hear? asks Louise Govier.  

Birmingham: 'An extraordinary jewel of a city'

Image of people dancing
17 Jun 2024

In the latest in our series on the arts in education, Steve Ball shares an initiative which connects schools and arts organisations across the city of Birmingham.

Teacher professionalism and the arts

Schoolchildren playing musical instruments
12 Jun 2024

Regardless of the setting, every school deserves a teacher who is afforded the space and professional trust to teach an inspiring arts curriculum, writes Steven Berryman.

Liverpool Philharmonic extends health programme

11 Jun 2024

Alder Hey Children's Hospital is the sixth NHS organisation to become part of Liverpool Philharmonic's Music and Health programme.

The initiative, funded by Alder Hey Children’s Charity, aims to improve the health and well-being of children, young people, their families, carers and staff across the hospital through weekly music-making sessions.

The programme, now in its 15th year, is one of the longest-running and largest arts and health programmes in the UK. 

Michael Eakin, Chief Executive of Liverpool Philharmonic, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alder Hey to our Music and Health programme and are grateful for their commitment to this new partnership. 

"We now work with six NHS organisations in the Liverpool City Region, being able to expand our support to children and young people is very important to us. 

"This programme has demonstrated the long-term positive impact music and creativity has on improving the physical and mental health outcomes of patients and participants and we’re excited to continue to grow the programme and support more people in the region and beyond”.

Fiona Ashcroft, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s Charity said: “Music and the arts are a huge part of what we do at Alder Hey to help our children and young people recover. 

"The charity has funded Arts for Health projects across the hospital totalling £354,524 this year alone and we’re delighted to be able to now partner with such a prestigious organisation as Liverpool Philharmonic.”

Theatre rails against 'clickbait' general election policies

A production image from Zest showing young people holding knotted string
10 Jun 2024

Theatre company Zest is launching a pop-up youth club to address a lack of creative spaces for young people following "13 years of cuts to children’s services".

Government must ensure children’s right to theatre

Actor on a thrust stage performing to young people
10 Jun 2024

Directors of Education and Learning from some of the country’s most high-profile theatres are calling on all political parties to commit to 'Theatre for Every Child'. Claire Walker of SOLT & UK Theatre shares highlights of the campaign.

Music charity opens ninth funding round for young creatives

04 Jun 2024

Young people’s music charity Youth Music has announced a ninth funding round of its NextGen fund.

The fund is designed to help emerging artists and professionals develop the skills needed to participate in the music industry and to equalise access to the music industry for young creatives. 

Grants of up to £2,500 are available for 18- —to 25-year-olds, but applicants can be up to 30 if they are d/Deaf, disabled, or neurodivergent. Youth Music says it is encouraging applications from the North East, East of England, East Midlands, and Northern Ireland, in particular.

While performers are welcome to apply, the fund is also available to producers, A&Rs, managers, and agents, as well as roles in the music industry that may not yet have been defined.

To date, the fund has invested nearly £650,000 in 276 early-stage musicians and emerging music industry creatives.

Applications for the ninth round are now open and will close on 28 June, with notification given in September. Further details on Youth Music’s website.

A tenth round is scheduled to open later this year, with an application deadline of 15 November.

Fears Tory plans to scrap university degrees will damage arts

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak cheering at a training academy
31 May 2024

Conservative party says it will close the 'worst-performing' degrees that have high drop-out rates and 'poor' job prospects, but policy is labelled 'absurd' by former Culture Minister.

Parents and carers in the performing arts face growing pay gap

22 May 2024

Report finds evidence of unsustainable working conditions and a growing pay disparity for parents and carers working in the performing arts.

Arts education: Call for four hour minimum entitlement

Schoolchildren taking part in an arts class
21 May 2024

Campaign group says fundamental changes to the schooling system are necessary to address 'erosion and inequality' in arts education provision.

Education system facing 'arts apocalypse', sector warns

Two children standing at a table painting
13 May 2024

Concerns raised over 'decimation' of arts provision in schools and colleges across England.

One in four schools failing to meet one-hour music target

10 May 2024

Almost a quarter of secondary schools are not meeting a new government expectation for Key Stage 3 pupils to be taught an hour of classroom music a week, a survey has found.

Schools Week reports that the expectation was introduced in September as part of the government’s national plan for music, with similar expectations also introduced for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

However, a survey of senior secondary school leaders found that 16 per cent were teaching for less than an hour a week, and 2 per cent were not teaching at all.

Teacher Tapp's research found that another five per cent use a system in which pupils are only taught for part of the year.

Overall, two-thirds said they met the weekly commitment of one hour, with seven per cent saying they taught for more than an hour.

Ongoing issues with recruitment accountability pressures and funding have been cited as possible reasons for schools failing to meet the target.

Music education hubs: ACE seeks fresh bids for two areas

A boy sitting and playing the drums
06 May 2024

Two areas of England are yet to have an organisation appointed to run their music education hub later this year after bids by prospective candidates were rejected for being too weak.

Camden youth arts scheme creates £3.7m in social value 

A young person operates a clapper board for filming
30 Apr 2024

Research from Social Change UK estimates that for every £1 invested by Roundhouse in its youth film and digital projects, £42.25 is generated in social value.


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