ACE grants just one third of emergency funds, holds on to £56.9m

London Symphony Orchestra
09 Jul 2020

The funder says 95 National Portfolio Organisations that applied “were not able to demonstrate they needed urgent funding”.

Expand tax credits for Covid-19 recovery, MPs told

The scultpture 'Fried Eggs for Breakfast' at Dundee Contemporary Arts, which is a member of Future Arts Centres
03 Jul 2020

Wider application of the Theatre Tax Relief scheme would allow arts centres to reopen “within weeks”, a coalition of venues says.

Rates victory sets precedent for other museums and galleries

Internal photo of Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery in Exeter
25 Jun 2020

The rateable value of an Exeter museum fell from £445,000 to just £1 following a Tribunal ruling that has opened the doors for others to appeal their rates bills.

Time to choose

a baseball cap lodged in a life buoy on a boat. The caption on the hat is "harmonize humanity"
04 Jun 2020

Trusts and foundations are preparing to build stronger connections with a changed world and a changed public. Moira Sinclair reflects on this brief window of opportunity for a more equal future – and why the alternative is too grim.

Why ‘minimum practice’ isn’t best practice – and isn’t good enough

a man installing audio visual equipment high up on an outdoor stage
04 Jun 2020

As more and more freelancers refuse to accept unfair agreements and start calling out bad practice by employers, there’s a legal, social and moral case for the whole sector to face up to the issues they’re confronting, says Sarah Shead.

A fairer Lottery – would it work here?

woman buying a lottery ticket in a shop
30 Apr 2020

Elsewhere in the world national lotteries are being run in ways that don’t rely on the profits from gambling, while providing an incentive for businesses to pay their taxes. Are there lessons to be learned? Graeme Bennett looks at the evidence.

Up to £1 billion income losses face Arts Council England NPOs

Southbank centre with statue situated in front of a wall displaying the words 'making a future for the theatre'
24 Apr 2020

The £90m emergency fund earmarked to support ACE’s National Portfolio Organisations and Creative People and Places consortia is no more than a drop in the ocean against the vast income streams they are losing as a result of the shutdown.

After the crisis – a new model for the arts?

A photo from the production of Warhorse
15 Apr 2020

Subsidy doesn’t shield or separate arts activities from the economic system; it enables them to be part of it, says Stephen Hetherington. Wringing more value out of creative assets could deliver new sources of finance.

Museums' infrastructure is crumbling – literally

30 Mar 2020

As cultural venues sit empty, a national audit finds the UK's museums in dire condition.

Victory: sector celebrates pay protection for self-employed

27 Mar 2020

As stopgap measures grow in number, some arts workers will still fall through the cracks.

Communicating with donors at a time of crisis

26 Mar 2020

Fundraising might seem impossible right now but donors need to hear from you on good days and bad, writes Michelle Wright.

Two-thirds of ticket sales turned into donations or credit

24 Mar 2020

New data from ticketing companies shows patrons “want to support the organisations they frequent”.

Covid-19: Model for 50% less income, creative businesses told

24 Mar 2020

Reserves and furloughing are "no guarantee" that further cuts can be avoided.

Covid-19 closures could cost more than £1m per day 

20 Mar 2020

New research showing a 92% drop in ticket sales and revenue in a single day suggests income will continue to plummet.

£330bn Covid-19 package 'not enough help to freelancers'

18 Mar 2020

Plans are in place for Government-backed loans, but sector leaders say they fail to support the freelance arts workforce.

Covid-19: Funders pledge flexibility to save the sector

18 Mar 2020

Grant funding will be ‘refocussed’ as freelancers rally to support each other – but there may not be enough cash to go around. 

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.

£20m fund to make the arts ‘investment ready’

04 Mar 2020

The initiative builds on the success of two pilot programmes to promote a new approach to finance in the arts and cultural sectors. 

Jewish Museum London pulls out of National Portfolio

18 Feb 2020

The museum will continue to receive £220k a year from Arts Council England as well as an extra £100k to explore different business models.

My vision for a radical artist-led hotel

A photo of a man sleeping in a hammock
13 Feb 2020

We need bold new cultural infrastructures to tackle entrenched inequality in the arts, says Amahra Spence. Can a new project combine business nous with social justice?

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