ICO calls for greater transparency for arm’s length arts services

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15 Feb 2019

A proposed extension to the Freedom of Information Act would see leisure trusts, which increasingly run arts services, returned to “direct public scrutiny”.

Young people under-represented in the arts, research finds

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15 Feb 2019

Detailed information on the demographics of the creative workforce has been released for the first time in seven years.

Exclusive: Music A level denied to ever more students

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01 Feb 2019

A student’s academic ability and the wealth of their parents are key indicators of the likelihood that they will get the chance to study arts subjects at A level in school, new figures reveal.

Pay crisis builds as arts workers struggle to make ends meet

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25 Jan 2019

Across the UK, but especially in London, arts workers are considering their futures in the sector as salaries have fallen out of step with the cost of living.

Open to opportunities

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10 Jan 2019

Sharing information openly supports innovation and helps build resilience for the good of the whole sector, argues Cimeon Ellerton.

Making the most of market forces

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10 Jan 2019

James McClure sets out five ways in which smart ticketing strategies can increase customer satisfaction as well as revenues.

How to... develop a CRM strategy

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03 Jan 2019

How can arts organisations develop the best possible strategy for their customer relationship management and ticketing systems? Helen Dunnett suggests some steps to make the task easier.

Three into one

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29 Nov 2018

Three cultural organisations in Wiltshire are now under one collective umbrella, giving them the opportunity to share data and cross-promote performances and offers, says Alice Young.

‘Tech champions’ to support digital capacities of arts across England

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16 Nov 2018

Arts Council England will employ nine people to each look after a region of England and provide advice and tailored digital support to organisations across the country.

A different kind of dialogue

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18 Oct 2018

Approaches to assessing cultural value are stuck in a financially reductionist ‘value = money’ orbit. We should be examining people’s experiences of culture, and the meaning that comes from those experiences, says Julian Meyrick.

Loss of small music venues is handing control of culture to robots, MPs told

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12 Oct 2018

The economic model for those performing in or running small music venues is unviable, the DCMS Committee was told.

A snapshot of older audiences

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11 Oct 2018

What are the characteristics, interests and motivations of the over-65 demographic? Lucie Fitton reveals all.

Dancing on the pinhead of pricing

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04 Oct 2018

Baker Richards helped the Royal Opera House kick-start a revolution in evidence-based marketing that increased revenues by £400,000 in six months. Tim Baker talked to Lucy Sinclair about the value of using data to drive decision-making.

The consistency illusion

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27 Sep 2018

The arts are important because they matter to us, and any attempts to further justify them lead to an impoverished and less human life, says Carter Gillies.

Cultural attendance on the rise in Scotland

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24 Sep 2018

More than nine in ten adults either attended a cultural event or place, or participated in a cultural activity in 2017.

Momentum builds for action on pay

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21 Sep 2018

Wales takes a lead as arts professionals across all the countries of the UK are urged to take part in research that will shed light on low pay and earnings in the cultural sector.

Measuring the difference you make

13 Sep 2018

Arts organisations are under growing pressure to demonstrate social impact. Emma Taylor-Collins explains how they can gain robust, high quality evidence to measure their success.

Disabled people more engaged with arts than ever, figures reveal

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07 Sep 2018

Data from the Government’s Taking Part survey also suggests that 2017/18 saw record levels of arts engagement in England as a whole, though changes to the questionnaire could be skewing the findings.

Using data to find the right schools

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06 Sep 2018

How can an arts organisation be sure it is working with schools that represent the community? Lucie Fitton and Ashleigh Hibbins suggest combining arts, population and schools data.

Arts Council reports collapse in London arts attendance

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31 Aug 2018

Arts Council England attributes the majority of the unprecedented 16.6 million fall to a drop in exhibition visitor numbers, but has declined to give details of how it arrived at these figures.

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