Review highlights evidence of class bias in arts funding

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16 Nov 2018

The tendency for people from higher social grades to be more likely to attend arts events is down to a mismatch between current funding priorities and the public’s taste, rather than any lack of demand, an evidence review suggests.

My Gurus - Stephen Munn

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01 Nov 2018

The CEO and Artistic Director of Déda reflects on the influential figures he has learned from.

Live music industry plagued by institutional racism, MPs hear

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30 Oct 2018

The DCMS Committee has been told that musicians are increasingly coming from wealthier backgrounds as record labels transfer risk to young performers.

Report slams ‘mythical barriers’ to programming diverse work

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26 Oct 2018

Analysis of a 14-week theatre tour by a black-led NPO finds large and diverse audiences, high ticket sales and positive reviews.

Unpicking prejudice

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25 Oct 2018

It is exciting to explore and own the biases that we impart to audiences, argues Bea Udeh.

Parents and carers in the arts face £3,000-a-year ‘career penalty’

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19 Oct 2018

A new survey finds that 43% of women with caring responsibilities would increase their working hours if “adequate” childcare was available.

‘Outdated recruitment practices’ holding back diversity

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05 Oct 2018

A new report urges arts organisations to focus on skills rather than formal qualifications when recruiting staff, and to offer more leadership development training.

NPOs failing on access basics, say disabled artists

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03 Oct 2018

A Leeds-based collective has named a lack of accessible toilets, snobbish staff and ‘mega-expensive’ coffee among continuing barriers to equality.

Tackling class discrimination

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30 Aug 2018

By taking a robust approach to understanding the social class make-up of the workforce, the cultural sector can address entrenched inequalities. Dave O’Brien suggests a way forward. 

€4m pan-European project to support disabled artists

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03 Aug 2018

New funding aims to bring disabled artists into the mainstream of European dance and theatre, and build a network committed to presenting their work.

Gavaghan completes leadership team at Clean Break

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22 Jul 2018

Incoming Executive Director Erin Gavaghan believes the sector still has work to do on changing traditional working structures to make them more appealing to women.

Arts organisations tell parliament about social impact of culture

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22 Jun 2018

The first evidence session of a parliamentary inquiry has been accompanied by the release of 235 pieces of written evidence.

National roll-out on the cards for Black Ticket Project

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01 Jun 2018

The scheme, which offers free theatre tickets to young Black people, is hoping to expand following two successful crowdfunding campaigns.

From Wales to Lesotho

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30 May 2018

A group of actors with Down’s Syndrome travelled to Lesotho in southern Africa to help change attitudes to people with learning disabilities. Jon Dafydd-Kidd tells the story.

Why I’m not celebrating

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17 May 2018

You may think Debbie Geraghty should be celebrating the current diversity debate, so why isn’t she?

Breaking the cycle

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10 May 2018

To improve the diversity of the workforce, arts organisations need to employ more young people from low-income backgrounds. Kate Danielson shares tips for adjusting recruitment practices to do just that.

Men still dominate major arts organisations, data reveals

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04 May 2018

The rise of women chief executives has been concentrated in the smallest of arts organisations, an examination of England’s National Portfolio Organisations has shown.

Championing women for life

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03 May 2018

A hundred years after (some) women got the vote, they are still under-represented in creative and management positions in the arts. Theatre company Spare Tyre champions women, and Lynette Shanbury calls on everyone to do the same.

Freelance musicians most vulnerable to harassment

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27 Apr 2018

A survey by the ISM has found that 60% of musicians have been harassed at work, of whom around three quarters were self-employed at the time.

Working class people ‘significantly excluded’ from arts careers

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17 Apr 2018

Craft is the only artform to come close to accurately representing working class communities across the UK, new research finds.

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