Scotland hires freelancers as arts tutors

27 Sep 2021

Up to 50 freelancers will be employed as arts tutors in some of Scotland's most remote and culturally distinctive communities.

Creatives and artists who have lost work due to Covid-19 or Brexit can apply to work with primary schools in the Scottish Islands of Na h-Eileanan Siar, Orkney, Shetland, Argyll and Bute, Highland and North Ayrshire.

Gaelic arts body Fèisean nan Gàidheal will deliver the programme whilst the University of the Highlands gives tutors support and accreditation. The tutors in turn will support the development of assistant tutors to continue delivering arts education.

Fèisean nan Gàidheal CEO Arthur Cormack said training will increase freelancers' "resilience" and better equip thme to work in schools in the future.

The programme is funded by the National Transition Training Fund and through the Scottish Government's Islands Programme.
 

£270m arts premium for schools on hold

23 Sep 2021

The quiet suspension of the election pledge is "sadly another example of the disregard shown by the Department for Education towards creative subjects".

Co-designing a sustainable future for arts and higher education collaboration

still from a dance production
14 Sep 2021

While collaboration between the cultural sector and universities has never been more fruitful, Suzie Leighton and Kayla Rose know there are still significant barriers to overcome. 

London invests £1.3m into creative jobs

10 Sep 2021

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced £1.3m for the city's Creative Enterprise Zones (CEZs) as part of a plan to double the size of the scheme.

Croydon, Lambeth and Lewisham's zones will share £1.1m - £450,000 from the CEZs scheme and £650,000 from the city's final European Social Fund grant. The councils will contribute the remaining £200,000.

Each will pursue a project to increase training, infrastructure and mentoring opportunities that support creative careers.

'Win Creative Croydon' will provide training for music industry roles.

In Lambeth, 'Brixton Creative Works' will provide specialist training to business owners wanting to support early career creatives, as well as career fairs and mentoring.

And 'Inspire Lewisham' will work with partners at Lewisham College, Goldsmiths University and The Albany to teach music and coding to creatives from underrepresented backgrounds.

Guildhall School gets scholarship boost

07 Sep 2021

London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama has been awarded £637,000 to distribute as scholarships over the next three years.

It’s one of the largest grants given by the Leverhulme Trust this year, second only to the £695,600 awarded to the Royal College of Music.

The Leverhulme Arts Scholarships will be split between undergraduate and postgraduate musicians, as well as students studying with Guildhall Young Artists.

Interim Principal Jonathan Vaughan said the school is “committed to aiming to ensure that no student faces financial barriers to studying with us”.

The school estimates it awards more than £3m of financial support each year, with 40% of students receiving some level of support.

Open letter ‘stands in solidarity’ with Frankcom

06 Sep 2021

An open letter to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) board says it "stands in solidarity" with its ex-Director Sarah Frankcom following her resignation in August.

More than 100 signatories shared their disappointment. They said their trust in the board has been damaged and that Franckom has not "been supported as she should have been".

The letter alleges a lack of accountability in the ongoing investigation into Frankcom's leadership.

It says interviews with internal staff have begun "without an adequate, transparent record of minutes" and alleges Chairman Shaun Woodward has called up staff off record.

At the time of publication, the letter had been co-signed by 24 of LAMDA’s permanent staff, 43 of its freelance practitioners, associate artists and visiting directors and 33 industry professionals. 

LAMDA, which is conducting an inquiry into claims against Franckom, declined to comment.

British Council suspends work in Afghanistan

26 Aug 2021

The UK cultural and outreach agency has suspended all operations in Afghanistan in light of the Taliban takeover.

The British Council's press office would not confirm whether this includes any arts programmes "for safety and security reasons".

The British Council website says it has worked in English, education and art in Afghanistan, and it has a headquarters in the British Embassy building in Kabul.

"We remain deeply concerned not only for our colleagues and those we have worked with over the last twenty years, but for all the people of Afghanistan," the council says.

"We are working very closely with the UK government to do everything we possibly can to ensure that all relocation applications of current and former British Council employees and contractors receive the fullest consideration possible.”

Self-taped auditions must be reformed, Equity says

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17 Aug 2021

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

National Plan for Music education revived with expert panel

12 Aug 2021

DfE has resurrected the long-delayed plan as industry and researchers warn music A-levels could disappear from some regions by 2033.

£7m flexible apprenticeship scheme to boost creative sector

film maker using a camera
09 Aug 2021

The scheme hopes to reach industries locked out of traditional apprenticeships by offering flexible employment patterns and shorter term roles.

Creative degree applications rise as university arts funding halved

22 Jul 2021

Confirmation of the higher arts education cuts comes as applications to study these subjects reach their highest level in a decade, placing the sector's talent pipeline at risk.

Medway’s City of Culture bid on track despite UCA closure

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12 Jul 2021

Medway Council promises a "resilient" bid as local politicians and students oppose the University of Creative Arts’ decision to close its Rochester campus.

Skills for innovation

photo of student in a workshop
06 Jul 2021

Creative skills don’t just benefit the creative industries; they bring huge value to other sectors including business, health and engineering. Professor Steven Spier has the evidence.

Scotland scraps music tuition fees in schools

A piano in a school hall
05 Jul 2021

The Scottish Government has become the first in the UK to commit to free instrument tuition. A similar policy in England “seems a long way off”.

Arts and academic collaborations in placemaking

Community yarnbombing by Woven in Kirklees
29 Jun 2021

We are witnessing a significant increase in diverse and highly ambitious partnerships between universities and the cultural sector. Evelyn Wilson and Emily Hopkins think it's something to shout about. 

Can technical and vocational training fill the gap?

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22 Jun 2021

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has announced substantial cuts in funding for arts degrees. Jane Ide assesses the impact it might have on training for the sector.

Arts workers turn to higher education to upskill during Covid-19

22 Jun 2021

An upward trend in people studying postgraduate creative courses in 2020 and 2021 suggests arts workers aren't looking to leave the sector.

Music tutors leading change through critical reflection

A group of tutors in a meeting
16 Jun 2021

To become genuinely inclusive, organisations need to find space to talk. Michael Davidson runs a music education programme where lived experience has been a catalyst for organisational change.

Most people support funding arts in higher education, poll says

15 Jun 2021

Support spans the political spectrum, placing pressure on the Government to abandon its plan for a 50% funding cut.

ArtsEd launches investigation amid wave of sexual misconduct claims

10 Jun 2021

The conservatoire is the fourth in two weeks to face allegations of historic staff misconduct. What's driving the rise in disclosure?

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