A high street renaissance?

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29 Nov 2019

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

Arts subjects to stay when schools reopen fully

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03 Jul 2020

The Government has dropped parts of a draft plan that would have sidelined ‘non-core’ subjects for up to a year.

Are qualifications worth it?

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01 Jul 2020

Until the arts sector defines its expectations of the learning needed by employees, even aspirational and potentially career-enhancing training will be of limited value to either the individual or institution, says Michelle Wright.

Positive outcomes are emerging from online music teaching, survey finds

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17 Jun 2020

Lockdown is transforming the way music teachers deliver instrument tuition now and in the future, with 87% currently adapting their lessons for delivery online.

Drama School head falls on his sword

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12 Jun 2020

Professor Gavin Henderson has apologised for “the lived experiences of students of colour” and his racist comments during his time as Principal of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

‘New normal’ emerges in GCSE and A level arts uptake

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11 Jun 2020

The proportion of school pupils taking music and drama at GCSE looks set to stabilise around 20% lower than in 2015, when a dramatic slide in uptake began.

Learning from experience with isolated audiences in lockdown

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08 Jun 2020

Live Music Now serves audiences in the care and education sectors – but that didn’t stop musicians reaching them while they have been closed to the outside world. Evan Dawson tells the story.

Lockdown, Learn and Lead

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20 May 2020

How can we preserve the entrepreneurial spirit that has characterised the sector’s response to the pandemic, and which of the new ways of being should form part of a new compact with our audiences and communities? Hilary Carty looks at the challenges ahead.

Escaping the trap of tradition

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20 May 2020

The time has come for conservatoires to recognise their role within the wider sector and to embrace the challenges presented by modern times. Tom Foster offers six proposals for setting the ball rolling.

Why student theatre will lead the way forward for the rest of us

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20 May 2020

The energy, invention and will to survive shown by young companies will replenish and rekindle our industry says James Phillips, but unless the industry finds a way of nurturing them, a career in theatre will only be available to the children of the wealthy.

University to lead arts-based research into mental resilience in young people

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01 May 2020

Interventions that have been supporting young people’s resilience to and recovery from mental health crises elsewhere in the world will be explored in the UK following a £2.7m charitable donation.

Digital delivery at the forefront of Wales’ drive to embed arts in schools

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24 Apr 2020

Funding for creativity has been renewed in the run-up to a new cross-disciplinary curriculum in Wales that will see Expressive Arts become a main pillar of the learning framework.

Arts universities win £1.4m for knowledge-sharing projects

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21 Apr 2020

Students will be at the heart of programmes for developing entrepreneurial skills and using theatre techniques to improve patient experience in the NHS.

Drama school to close after review reveals courses ‘pushed students to the edge’

12 Mar 2020

The death of a student, significant mental health issues and a "clear and worrying picture" of conflict are behind plans to close Drama Centre London.

Budget 2020: What’s in it for the arts?

11 Mar 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed business rate cuts for small music venues and millions more pounds for arts education. But some say it’s not enough.

Five ways music education policy must change

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05 Mar 2020

It’s time to turn up the volume on the needs and interests of young people, says Carol Reid.

National Plan for Music Education: ‘A once in a decade opportunity’

02 Mar 2020

Will the Government’s new plan satisfy the sector and solve the shortcomings of music education?

The human impact of avoiding controversy

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20 Feb 2020

Reflecting on being wrongfully dismissed by the Royal Academy of Music, Dr Francesca Carpos says the sector must create a culture where controversial issues can be discussed without fear of unfair retribution.

‘It has truly shaped me’: Sergey Smbatyan – Job Ladder

05 Feb 2020

The founder of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra on why he wants to inspire others with the “profundity” of clasical music.

ABRSM 'kicked out of China'

30 Jan 2020

The music exam board’s inability to operate freely in one of its biggest markets may become problematic as domestic exam numbers decline.

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