Locally-led arts sustained communities through lockdown

25 Aug 2021

Working around Covid-19 restrictions actually bolstered the vitality and value of local arts projects, research finds.

EXCLUSIVE: 'Disastrous' one metre rule for performers in Scotland

24 Aug 2021

New guidance for shows in Scotland will be practically impossible to enact and a financial blow to the recently reopened industry.

Musicians' diary service to close after 40 years

23 Aug 2021

Morgenstern's, a UK diary service for musicians, will close, its founder and operator has announced.

Julian Morgenstern has been providing services free of charge for 15 months but says the pandemic has crippled his business.

"I know that even though orchestral work is beginning to start up again, a lot of clients continue to suffer financially and would struggle to pay.

"I can’t continue to do this – there are too many expenses to cover and I’ve been running through my savings to keep the business alive."

After 40 years in operation, Morgenstern's will cease services on September 19.


Call to patronise local museums as visitors favour big name sites

19 Aug 2021

Museums have not yet returned to full strength despite restrictions lifting. The challenges for smaller and larger sites this summer differ.

Disabled audiences will eschew venues with lax Covid rules

19 Aug 2021

Two thirds would choose venues with Covid certification on entry over those taking a laissez-faire approach. 

Self-taped auditions must be reformed, Equity says

man learning lines in front of camera
17 Aug 2021

A new best practice guide aims to eliminate unrealistic deadlines and overly long scripts to address auditioners’ anxieties.

Local authority culture budgets increase post-Covid

photo of New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth
12 Aug 2021

The increased spending may not indicate increased investment, as councils are forced to compensate for income lost during Covid-19.

Third Culture Recovery Fund round to open

09 Aug 2021

£150m is available to previous grantees only, with a special sustainability programme for the highest-funded applicants.

£750m live events insurance scheme approved

06 Aug 2021

The sector's prayers have finally been answered but the scheme comes with a significant premium that could prove challenging for smaller operators.

Advantaged areas won more Culture Recovery Fund money

02 Aug 2021

Places that have fewer National Portfolio Organisations and less buy-in from local authorities may struggle to access other funding streams, new research indicates.

Creative sector R&D crucial to post-pandemic recovery

29 Jul 2021

A landmark report makes the case for investment ahead of the next Spending Review, saying innovation is being stifled just as it is needed most.

Freedom Day? Arts organisations double down on restrictions amid vaccine passport U-turn

22 Jul 2021

Venues are pleading for leniency on isolation rules that threaten to derail their reopening, but audiences remain hesitant.

£34.9bn needed for UK creative industries to 'bounce back' by 2025

22 Jul 2021

New modelling from Oxford Economics says the country's creative sectors can more than recover from the loss of 100,000 jobs with the right investment.

Cultural vaccination centres an opportunity to reach new audiences

photo of Sadiq Khan speaking to NHS workers
21 Jul 2021

Art galleries hosting pop-up sites hope to capitalise on increased footfall and reconnect with young locals.

Reflections on fundraising in the time of Covid-19

image of the Roundhouse Theatre
20 Jul 2021

The last 18 months have seen arts fundraisers face numerous challenges in trying to bring in income when the sector has been in such flux, says Michelle Wright.

Glasgow cultural operator to cut 500 jobs

14 Jul 2021

Glasgow Life says it's unrealistic to expect it can reopen 80 of its venues, including several libraries and the UK's only museum of religious art.

Reflecting on renewal and recovery

visitors attending Withworth Art Gallery
13 Jul 2021

Ben Walmsley, Abigail Gilmore and Dave O’Brien share the latest findings from a research programme examining the impacts of the pandemic.

Forging a new partnership

Garden Museum welcomes visitors back in August 2020
13 Jul 2021

The museum and heritage sector has always been collaborative. But, says Carolyn Young, the need for supporting each other to build resilience is now greater than ever.

Masks to stay in arts venues as Stage 4 opening confirmed

13 Jul 2021

The Government "expect and recommend" masks in enclosed public spaces - and cultural venues are taking the lead.

South Bank arts venues' economic impact down £330m, report claims

12 Jul 2021

Five major UK arts institutions are appealing for public and private investment after losing half their income due to Covid-19.


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