The moral case for making money

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12 Dec 2019

Patrick Towell explains why underpaying or under-employing workers can never be in an organisation’s long-term interests and suggests how you can start thinking more sustainably about the big picture – for everyone’s benefit.

How the Fringe is forcing out working class voices

12 Dec 2019

Edinburgh Fringe is full of people making obscene amounts of money on the backs of artists who are bringing everyone to the city in the first place, says Kevin P. Gilday. It’s an inequality that is undermining the lofty ideals on which the fringe was formed.

When governments support artists…

12 Dec 2019

The project-to-project style of artists’ work makes it difficult for them to claim welfare benefits so the Irish government has taken action to help. It’s a small step forward, says Eoghan Carrick.

Visiting Arts avoids closure through merger with Farnham Maltings

11 Dec 2019

Farnham Maltings will gain expertise in creating connections in hard-to-reach regions while Visiting Arts secures a future for programmes it was struggling to resource.

Thinking ahead on touring costs

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28 Nov 2019

Arts organisations that schedule European tour dates could be faced with a bigger National Insurance bill if there’s no Brexit deal. Don’t get caught out – be prepared, says Nick Bustin.

Cost of The Factory could rise beyond £130m

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13 Nov 2019

As Manchester City Council races to get the venue finished for 2021, only a third of construction packages have been awarded.

Olympic Park cultural quarter already £14m over budget

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01 Nov 2019

Auditors warned that urgent action was needed to avert overspending and delays to the project before planning permission for four key buildings was granted in June. LLDC says it is still in the process of addressing these concerns.

IR35 – don’t get caught out

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31 Oct 2019

Larger organisations in the cultural sector will soon be responsible for ensuring their contractors are paying the right amount of tax, and the arts professionals who supply their services must be ready for the change, says Nick Bustin.

Smaller museums ‘reticent’ about tax relief scheme

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24 Oct 2019

About half of institutions surveyed in Yorkshire and Humber were not claiming or planning to make a claim through the Government initiative.

A sticking plaster policy

14 Oct 2019

Before praising the Culture Secretary for “responding so positively” to the financial crisis facing the cultural sector, Arts Council England would do well to take a step back and review its own evidence, says Liz Hill.

Who’s missing out on tax relief?

24 Sep 2019

While the number of tax reliefs available to the creative industries has grown, some sectors are missing out by being slow to take advantage of potential savings. Louise Veragoo explains who might be eligible for this free cash.

Scotland consults on tourist tax

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19 Sep 2019

There are calls for the government to consider exempting all Scottish residents from the proposed levy, which would be collected by accommodation providers.

Labour could bring in tourist tax, says Tom Watson

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12 Sep 2019

The Shadow Culture Secretary said “a crude skills and salary approach to migration simply won’t work for the creative economy”.

Strike begins at Science Museum Group

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30 Aug 2019

The Prospect union says staff have experienced a 13% real terms pay cut since 2010.

Investment in the arts is no soft option

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23 Aug 2019

With a budget fast approaching, Arts Council England’s Chief Executive Darren Henley calls on the new Government to back up its warm words for the arts with financial support.

Tax relief for arts and culture grows by one fifth

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16 Aug 2019

More money was refunded to both large and small organisations last year – but freelancers are missing out. 

Fundraising Regulator: voluntary levy is ‘not optional’

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14 Aug 2019

The authority says charities that don’t pay “need to reflect on the fact that they are not contributing to the costs of fundraising regulation”.

Mayor steps in to plug V&A East funding gap

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12 Jul 2019

The GLA has agreed to underwrite a budget shortfall of up to £12m, which is expected despite a £9m a year boost in funding from DCMS.

The feelgood factor: making flagship programmes work

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27 Jun 2019

Artistic excellence and effective governance are key to the success of major public cultural programmes, writes Nigel Hinds.

We need to work harder on donor diversity

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20 Jun 2019

For too long arts organisations have limited their individual giving efforts to white British donors. Michelle Wright urges an approach that prioritises donor diversity.

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