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.

A high street renaissance?

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29 Nov 2019

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

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.

Could all schools become arts schools?

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30 Jan 2020

Would new proposals for arts funding help all schools become more 'arts-rich'? Or is it too little too late? Sam Cairns assesses the prospects for a secondary Arts Premium.

What makes an ‘arts-rich’ school?

27 Jan 2020

Two West Yorkshire schools decided to put the arts at the heart of their curriculum. They found different challenges – but had similar successes.

Aspiring arts workers ‘destined for disappointment’

23 Jan 2020

New research warns the glut of young people wanting careers in arts and culture will likely cause “downward pressure on wages and conditions in these sectors”.

AP meets… Ed Vaizey

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23 Jan 2020

In the first of a series of conversations with sector leaders, Editor Amanda Parker sat down for lunch with former arts minister Ed Vaizey.

Creating creative entrepreneurs

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16 Jan 2020

The Agency has put young people at the centre of change in their communities. Roisin Feeny and Meghan Peterson share how it is developing their creative skills beyond the stage, gallery or museum.

Warning over misuse of creative apprenticeships

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10 Jan 2020

Using apprenticeships to take on graduates employers would hire anyway is putting diversity at risk, an expert has cautioned.

EU culture budget at risk: what will it mean for Creative Europe?

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08 Jan 2020

It is feared that cuts proposed by the European Council’s presidency would “seriously affect" the amount of funding available for Creative Europe.

Arts professionals recognised in New Year honours

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02 Jan 2020

The former Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet and former Managing Director of Edinburgh International Festival are among those who received awards.

Classical music must face up to abuse

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06 Dec 2019

Harassment will continue until institutions are willing to take difficult decisions, says Jonathan Knott.

Review launched at Royal Academy of Music following sexual harassment complaints

05 Dec 2019

An expert on sexual misconduct in higher education says the conservatoire’s senior staff must “take the lead in challenging behaviours and attitudes among their colleagues” to transform their culture – and the culture of classical music.

Glasgow School of Art defends ‘hurtful, outdated and offensive’ lecture

05 Dec 2019

Students’ association President pushes for change following upset over a guest speaker’s allegedly racist and transphobic remarks: “I know the school is sympathetic and keen to remedy these sort of situations.”

A truly national theatre? Exploring new ways to collaborate

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05 Dec 2019

National Theatre partnerships with theatres around the country are creating an opportunity for them to share and compare experiences and ideas across a mix of scales, locations and financial models. Lisa Burger explains what’s going on.

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