Free to speak? Not if you work in the arts

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20 Feb 2020

As ArtsProfessional unveils the explosive findings from its recent Freedom of Expression survey, Liz Hill examines the soul of a sector that believes it is owed artistic freedom but doesn’t tolerate freedom of speech within its own ranks.

What can – and should - you charge digital audiences?

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15 Sep 2020

Even if people are willing to pay for digital performances, are they willing to pay enough? Robin Cantrill Fenwick examines the data emerging from the pandemic’s rush to digitise, and where the income opportunities lie.

Rising to the challenge of reopening

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09 Sep 2020

Adopting a creative approach to tackle opening in a Covid-safe environment could give venues the edge and help them come out the other side. David Dunstan shares some successful strategies.

Learning through lockdown

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13 Jul 2020

The pandemic didn’t stop Music in the Round running the Sheffield Chamber Music Festival online – and learning from the experience. Jo Towler shares the outcomes, and the lessons for the future.

Building online relationships with supporters

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30 Jun 2020

In the current climate it’s time to adapt digital fundraising strategies and look at how your data can help boost online donations, says Lucy Costelloe.

Time to reconsider the love affair between art and social science

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27 May 2020

As the benefits of arts participation aren’t always tangible or easily quantified, how can our obsession with data be compatible with achieving inclusion, asks Emma Harvey.

‘Diversity deadline’ won’t affect future NPO funding

28 Feb 2020

Despite ACE threats of sanctions, most NPOs are ruled to have ‘met’ diversity targets – with only 11 facing exclusion from future funding rounds.

‘Socially closed’ arts sector may be contributing to UK’s divisions

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20 Feb 2020

The liberal, left-leaning values of cultural workers leads to “a divergence in worldviews between those tasked with representing the nation to itself, and those who inhabit it”, reports Adele Redmond.

A tale of two regions? Engaging arts audiences in the West Midlands

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13 Feb 2020

Striking differences between urban and rural areas make a strong case for a dual regional policy, argue Anne Torreggiani and Zoe Papiernik-Bloor.

Power to the people: how arts charities will have to change over the next 10 years

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06 Feb 2020

Arts charities are becoming organisational dinosaurs with models not fit for purpose. Rise to the challenge or face extinction, says Michelle Wright.

Three reasons why ACE’s new strategy won’t cut it

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23 Jan 2020

As Arts Council England prepares to publish its next ten-year strategy, thought leaders suggest a radical alternative.

Why great customer service isn't enough

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16 Jan 2020

It’s time we all started thinking of ourselves as experience makers. Lasting memories and positive emotions can be created at every point of contact with audiences, writes Lucy Costelloe.

What has the Lottery done for artists?

02 Jan 2020

Artists are the lifeblood of the arts, but their direct funding has steadily declined over the past two decades. A change in approach is now essential, says Susan Jones.

ACE treads carefully with ‘intrusive’ new social class metric

17 Dec 2019

Arts Council England will begin collecting data on the socio-economic background of its NPO workforce next year, but will need to overcome perceptions that doing so is “alien, intimate and intrusive”.

What do we really know about audience privilege?

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18 Nov 2019

Research suggests that people living in ‘more deprived’ areas are less likely to engage with cultural activity. But is that true across the board, or are there different patterns between – and within – different art forms? Mark Taylor digs deep to find out. 

Can you quantify class?

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14 Nov 2019

Asking questions about someone’s social class may feel uncomfortable, but people are less sensitive than you might think. Maya Sharma and Dan Cowley explain why it’s important to tackle the subject head on – and how to go about it.

When gut instinct can lose you audiences

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07 Nov 2019

Intuition can take you only so far. You’ll be more successful at retaining audiences and reviving lapsed attenders if you use data rather than instinct to develop customer loyalty, says Sarah McAleavy.

UK loses soft power crown as Brexit sours reputation

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29 Oct 2019

Researchers say ongoing political turmoil has had a “clear, negative impact” on the country’s global standing.

Smaller museums ‘reticent’ about tax relief scheme

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24 Oct 2019

About half of institutions surveyed in Yorkshire and Humber were not claiming or planning to make a claim through the Government initiative.

Government rejects ‘UK Garden City’ calls

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21 Oct 2019

Arts Minister Helen Whately said the proposed scheme risked detracting from the success of existing initiatives such as City of Culture.

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