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.

Is ACE too posh for pop? Music leaders have their say

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12 Apr 2018

Representatives of Music Venue Trust and the Association of British Orchestras react to UK Music’s provocative call for opera funding to be redistributed.

Arts organisations among best employers for women

06 Apr 2018

The gender pay gap is smaller in the arts than other sectors, although some organisations are still trailing behind including ‘Times Top 50 Employer for Women’ the Southbank Centre.

New guidance to support dignity at work in arts organisations

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06 Apr 2018

A free support line for performing arts workers concerned about workplace harassment or bullying will be set up for a year, funded by UK Theatre, SOLT and the Theatre Development Trust.

Embedding equality practice

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05 Apr 2018

Nick Wesson explains how working with a disabled-led theatre company helped ARC Stockton achieve long-term sustainable change.

How we… make theatre with refugees

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23 Mar 2018

Neil Beddow explains how acta in Bristol overcomes the challenges of engaging migrant and refugee communities in theatre making. 

Arts organisations reveal their gender pay gaps

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16 Mar 2018

The first organisations to meet the government’s new reporting requirements include Arts Council England, the National Gallery and Sadler’s Wells.

Equity to ‘hold theatres to account’ on sexual harassment

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02 Mar 2018

Organisations and venues will be expected to adopt and follow robust policies and procedures on tackling inappropriate behaviour and bullying.

Will the Change Makers make a difference?

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01 Mar 2018

As one of Arts Council England’s cohort of Change Makers, Andrew Miller reflects on why he accepted the opportunity and what might change as a result.

Why Wales needs to catch up

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22 Feb 2018

The arts sector has a duty to challenge social injustice and promote equality and diversity, but Wales is getting left behind, warns Abdul Shayek.

Specialist arts colleges among the most elitist in the country

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09 Feb 2018

Two arts institutions accepted a lower proportion of students from a state school background than Oxford or Cambridge last year.

EXCLUSIVE: EBacc would exclude 133,000 pupils from the arts

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18 Jan 2018

Figures reveal that children living in the most deprived areas and those with lower attainment are the most likely to lose their option to study arts subjects when the English Baccalaureate becomes compulsory. 

Why the EBacc will divide society

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18 Jan 2018

Over 100,000 children a year will lose the chance to study the arts when the EBacc becomes compulsory in schools, and the least privileged will lose out most. Is this a conspiracy or a cock-up, asks Liz Hill.

New guides to help diversify workforce and leadership

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11 Dec 2017

An Arts Council England toolkit offers advice on widening recruitment processes and improving data collection, and includes research findings about barriers to entry in the cultural sector.

Arts organisations are turning a blind eye to sexual harassment

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24 Nov 2017

Arts workers have lifted the veil on the secrecy surrounding sexual harassment in the arts, revealing the extent and impact of the issue in hundreds of comments through ArtsProfessional’s latest survey.

Pulse report: Sexual harassment in the arts – is enough being done?

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24 Nov 2017

Following revelations of inappropriate behaviour by high-profile individuals in the arts, an ArtsProfessional survey has revealed the experiences and views of the sector’s workforce. Frances Richens reports on the findings.

300 arts workers report being sexually harassed

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10 Nov 2017

The publication of a ‘Code of Behaviour’ for the arts coincides with disturbing early findings from an ArtsProfessional survey, raising serious questions about how arts organisation are dealing with complaints.

Parents’ campaign calls for theatres to embrace flexible working

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03 Nov 2017

25 theatres across the UK will trial a new employment charter, to help ensure they are “as inclusive as possible to carers and parents”.

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