Inspiring elite performance without the elitism

Leeds Cathedral Choir
23 Sep 2020

God? Art? Heritage? Education? In the face of a financial reckoning and a crisis of balance, can cathedral choirs harness their transformational potential before becoming an irrelevant heritage industry for the soul, asks Thomas Leech.

A high street renaissance?

Photo of Amanda Parker
29 Nov 2019

Amanda Parker asks whether the arts can really save our high streets.

Let creativity be a sanctuary

Group of people standing in a hall
19 Jan 2021

Theatre maker Rosie MacPherson calls for urgent action as Covid-19 closes routes to resettlement.

Call for 'temporary amnesty' on audition fees

14 Jan 2021

Drama schools are being urged to axe "absurd" fees for virtual and self-taped auditions to protect diversity in the theatre industry.

New Year Honours salute arts workers

Sharon Watson
07 Jan 2021

Slung Low’s Alan Lane, disability champion Andrew Miller and Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Moira Sinclair are among those receiving awards for their service.

10% of schools aren't teaching music, survey suggests

08 Dec 2020

Music teachers are putting their health at risk to continue provision under inconsistent and unclear Covid safety guidelines.

The path to digital competence

Mentor directing student on code in front of a laptop
08 Dec 2020

If 2020 has given us anything, it’s a recognition that arts organisations need to engage with technology – and that they’re stronger for having it, writes Chris Unitt.

£7m endowment to 'secure the future' of RSC’s education work

A man performing in a school gym surrounded by school children
03 Dec 2020

The largest Paul Hamlyn Foundation grant since 2006 will provide a sustainable basis for the theatre’s ongoing work, plus money to evaluate its long-term impact.

Theatre to deliver council's music services in groundbreaking deal

Woman with violin teaching young children in a school hall
03 Dec 2020

Permanent employment for 17 more musicians and a wider programme of music activity will stem from the transfer of Flintshire Music Service to Theatr Clwyd.

Royal Academy of Music students 'feared speaking out' about sexual harassment

24 Nov 2020

A review highlighting shoddy employment practices and a lack of pastoral support doesn't go far enough to change the conservatoire's culture, critics say.

We can’t rebuild if we’re not valued

Two people reading a script
18 Nov 2020

Rishi Sunak said hard hit workforces like the arts may have to retrain to adapt to the new economy. Sara Whybrew counters that the new economy means we must adapt our approach to training.

New National Centre to promote knowledge sharing between arts and higher education

11 Nov 2020

Research England will bankroll the partnership between four regional universities and The Culture Capital Exchange following a successful pilot project.

Teaching music mustn’t become an exclusive career option

Man teaching a young girl to play saxophone
20 Oct 2020

By cutting bursaries for teacher training, the Department for Education will make a career in teaching an unreachable dream for some musicians, says Roz De Vile

Arts improve wellbeing, social cohesion and child development: report

01 Oct 2020

A DCMS-commissioned study cites strong evidence that "can be trusted to guide policy" on arts interventions in some areas of health and wellbeing - but not others. 

Changing direction – and finding a voice

23 Sep 2020

As many creative people pause and rethink the path they're on, Mary Irwin explains how a new programme could help them harness their talent in a meaningful way.

'Bubble of one': Disability arts educators fear exclusions

18 Sep 2020

As schools reopen, the barriers to resuming arts education for disabled children "have been hugely increased".

Covid-19: Arts universities could lose £25m

17 Sep 2020

New analysis indicates a significant financial hit if international student numbers fall in 2021.

In a post-pandemic world, could an arts-rich classroom become the norm?

First Encounters with Shakespeare: 'The Comedy of Errors' at Nelson Mandela Primary School
03 Sep 2020

As schools reopen for the new year, arts education needs to rise to short and long-term challenges to be successful and remain relevant. Jacqui O’Hanlon proposes a way forward.

Urgent need for music education guidance

28 Aug 2020

Days before England's schools resume, the Department for Education is yet to publish guidance on reopening music departments.

Earlyarts UK closes due to Covid-19

20 Aug 2020

After 18 years' work in arts and education, coronavirus was "the final straw" in an ongoing battle for income.

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