Creative industries are key to growth, Government told

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18 Apr 2017

In a new blueprint for economic growth, the Creative Industries Federation is calling for the enterprise zone programme to be extended to the creative industries.

Arts Council England seeks ideas for improving sector diversity

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24 Mar 2017

The survey findings will guide the funder’s approach to improving diversity in its own workforce and be used to encourage arts organisations to do the same.

Spreading like bushfire

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27 Feb 2017

Damning research has woken Australia up to the situation for indigenous artists in the country. It’s time for their voices to be heard, says Jacob Boehme

Majority of new National Portfolio applicants are diverse-led

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24 Feb 2017

Arts Council England’s £37m NPO budget increase will be mostly used for organisations outside of London.

Power shift

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21 Feb 2017

A new diversity programme will shift power and resources to where they can be most effective. Dawn Walton explains the thinking behind Eclipse Theatre’s new artist development initiative.

ACE-backed trans theatre company gears up for launch

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10 Feb 2017

Trans Creative aims to become a hub for the transgender community in the North of England, providing creative and employment opportunities.

Reflecting the world

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09 Feb 2017

No wonder there is so much talk about the death of opera when people are excluded from it all the time, says Bill Bankes-Jones. But are attitudes finally starting to change?

Creative Scotland backs diversity targets for screen sector

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03 Feb 2017

Screen organisations should also consider dropping age limits for training programmes and increasing targeted initiatives to support the development of under-represented groups.

Women, disabled and BME still struggle to reach senior arts roles

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16 Dec 2016

Concerns have been raised about the quality of diversity data, with Arts Council England Chief Executive Darren Henley labelling under-reporting by NPOs “extremely disappointing”.

Arts funding system causes BAME organisations to fail, paper claims

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09 Dec 2016

BAME-led organisations are short-term beneficiaries but long-term victims of traditional arts funding, a paper has claimed.

A move towards self-determination

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08 Dec 2016

Could business hubs and hatcheries help address the current diversity imbalances in the arts, asks James Doeser.

Lloyd Webber diversity research calls for colour-blind casting

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02 Dec 2016

Failure to diversify will cause theatre to become irrelevant to the majority of the British population, the report concludes.

Arts diversity: The quota conversation

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01 Dec 2016

Quotas in the arts failed in the 1980s. But now is the time to champion their reintroduction, across workforce and artistic programming, argues Christy Romer in the fifth in a series of articles.

A mental makeover for classical music

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24 Nov 2016

Tired of seeing classical music magazines filled with middle-aged white faces, James Fleury proposes four ‘mental makeovers’ that could help increase diversity in the sector. 

Changing the diversity of cultural leadership

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17 Nov 2016

Birmingham may be diverse but its cultural leaders are not. Lara Ratnaraja and Helga Henry discuss how the RE:Present programme is helping to change that. 

‘European roles’ and me

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15 Nov 2016

Non-English actors are encouraged to change their name and disguise themselves as English in order to be cast in productions – this will not change until we ditch limiting stereotypes, says actor Barbara Blanka.

Arts diversity: To shame, or not to shame

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03 Nov 2016

In the fourth of a series of articles, Christy Romer says it’s time for data about workforce, programming and casting to be published openly.

Data to measure diversity

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03 Nov 2016

The first full year’s worth of data from the Audience Finder survey raises important questions about the inclusivity of arts organisations, reports Anne Torreggiani

Perception the biggest barrier to audience diversity, survey finds

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21 Oct 2016

Fears that existing arts audiences resist ‘more diverse artistic product’ appear to be unfounded, ArtsProfessional’s latest Pulse survey suggests.

Pulse report – part 3: Diversity in audiences – what needs to change?

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20 Oct 2016

Should more be done to increase the diversity of those engaging with the arts in the UK? And if so, what? In her final report, Frances Richens looks at the findings from ArtsProfessional’s latest Pulse survey with a focus on audiences. 

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