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19 Mar 2020

In uncertain times, ArtsProfessional will be providing regular updates on projects and resources to support wellbeing, careers and creativity in the arts.

Do you really believe theatre is for everyone?

04 May 2021

Stage side seats have historically been free to cheap, so why are we rushing to return to restricted view seating? Fiona English makes the case for continuing digital access.

Major shake-up for BBC arts

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01 Apr 2021

BBC cuts prompt an internal restructuring that will link classical music with arts and factual programming and remove a layer of experienced management.

DCMS Minister voices support for CMA to investigate music streaming

24 Mar 2021

Inquiry offers little hope of a copyright regime change to ensure equitable remuneration for artists any time soon.

Send them to the moon

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17 Mar 2021

With a smartphone and a bit of carboard, museums’ aspirations for immersive experiences can reach astrological heights, writes Kaitlin Fritz.

Connection comes from collaboration

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08 Mar 2021

Making digital connections to create immersive work played to all our strengths, Sarah Ellis writes.

Coventry 2021 will be 'a return to live'

02 Mar 2021

The UK City of Culture year will press ahead with a full calendar of festivals and events from May 15 - two days before the Government's 'no earlier than' date for live shows.

What ‘watch at home’ gave us

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24 Feb 2021

Can a regional theatre make money from online productions? Kelly Johnson says you have to weigh your options and ask for help.

Why ‘selling’ strategically is not ‘selling out’

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17 Feb 2021

Purposeful and ethical deaccessioning has funded a digital transformation that is giving a small, London museum a sustainable long-term future, global reach and wider community engagement. David Glasser tells the story.

Reworking what you already have is the opposite of innovation

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10 Feb 2021

Covid-19 has proved that what worked back then won’t work now. Patrick Towell says true innovation requires attention, collaboration, and a sense for ideas that can be scaled up for success.

Going digital isn’t about technology

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10 Feb 2021

The greater success of some arts organisations boils down to a few key ingredients. Money isn’t one of them, writes Ash Mann.

What to do when you’re sick of Zoom

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10 Feb 2021

Heidi Wiley and Hélène Gauthier share how they created a virtual venue - and why they think this provides a model for the future.

PRS backpedals on streaming licence for small events

04 Feb 2021

A temporary change to its controversial fees has received both a warm welcome and a cold shoulder.

Streaming licences are here to stay

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04 Feb 2021

PRS for Music’s controversial new streaming licences were inevitable, writes Phil Tucker. Those who embrace the change will also find them inconsequential.

Shock and anger as PRS announces streaming licences

27 Jan 2021

The music industry is furious after steep new tarrifs on streaming live events were introduced with little to no consultation.

Re-opening safely and reaching more audiences

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19 Jan 2021

A new ticketing system designed by museums and for museums is providing free support with the twin challenges of running timed entry and generating much needed income. Merrin Kalinowski explains.

Why ‘who you know’ doesn’t fit the bill

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19 Jan 2021

Supporting creative practitioners with opportunities at this time is vital, but do so wisely, says Guy Armitage. Running an open call may feel daunting, but it could allow you to side-step biases, put diversity at the heart of new projects and keep your audiences engaged.

Keep calm and clarify

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19 Jan 2021

Rowan Kerek Robertson offers practical advice on protecting yourself and your organisation from online abuse – and what to do when the worst happens.

Artists protest PRS plans for livestreaming licences

15 Jan 2021

The music industry is up in arms over the licensing body’s plan to impose tariffs of up to 17% on live streaming ticketed performances.

In defence of AI in art

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12 Jan 2021

Anthony Padgett says artificial intelligence has a role in selecting, curating and even creating art, but the sector must define that role – and join the debate early, before others take control.

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