'Red alert': One quarter of festivals cancelled

07 May 2021

The first wave of festival cancellations is the canary in the coal mine as Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage says insurance is "still on the table".

Ten arts organisations receive a quarter of trust and foundation funding

28 Apr 2021

Private funders are increasingly interested in supporting new business models and the cultural workforce, growing their aid in response to Covid-19.

'Priority places' list to guide increased ACE investment

15 Apr 2021

New capital and business development programmes are in the pipeline as ACE looks to "refresh" the criteria for existing funding streams and "broaden" its National Portfolio.

'Market failure' in events insurance must be addressed, sector says

15 Apr 2021

If the Government is confident in getting events back by June 21, it shouldn't hesitate to extend insurance beyond its pilot programme. 

Battersea Arts Centre brings in 'pay what you can' model

07 Apr 2021

The National Portfolio Organisation has pursued its plan to widen access in spite of the pandemic and says funders have been "universally supportive".

Southbank Sinfonia merges with St John's Smith Square

07 Apr 2021

The partnership will afford more stability to both organisations as they aim to create "one of the most accessible and creative venues in the country".

DCMS and ACE face inquiry into Culture Recovery Fund following due diligence issues

26 Mar 2021

Arts Council England has investigated 46 suspected cases of fraud and revoked three grants worth a total of £570,000.

V&A's Theatre and Performance archive 'at risk of becoming a dead collection'

25 Mar 2021

Staff restructuring proposals that threaten the museum department have been condemned as a "devastatingly bad idea".

Nottingham arts win grim victory in council funding U-turn

15 Mar 2021

A campaign to reduce proposed funding cuts has succeeded but organisations will still lose thousands of pounds.

Just over half of emergency arts funding has been distributed

12 Mar 2021

An investigation into the Culture Recovery Fund found £335m of awarded funds were still sitting in DCMS' coffers last month as demand for support exceeds its 'worst case scenario'.

Budget 2021 receives a warm welcome from arts sector (freelancers excluded)

Rishi Sunak
03 Mar 2021

Another £300m for the Culture Recovery Fund, a wider safety net for the self-employed, and continued VAT and business rates cuts extend financial supports beyond the anticipated reopening dates.

Invest 50p per person in culture for Covid-19 recovery, manifesto urges

01 Mar 2021

Local authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber are being called on to "defend and when possible increase" spending on culture as Leeds City Council announces major cuts. 

Emergency funding lifelines for Northern Irish and Scottish arts

16 Feb 2021

Northern Irish organisations' coronavirus deficits will be eliminated by new grants as Scotland offers new support for events and freelancers.

Streaming licences are here to stay

DJ live streaming a performance wearing a surgical facemask
04 Feb 2021

PRS for Music’s controversial new streaming licences were inevitable, writes Phil Tucker. Those who embrace the change will also find them inconsequential.

Déjà vu over value news

Anthony Sargent
28 Jan 2021

DCMS’ new model for measuring culture’s economic value shows no understanding of how public policy has developed in recent decades, writes Anthony Sargent. Basing funding decisions on it would be "worse than bankrupt".

Insurance payouts for arts businesses could run into billions

19 Jan 2021

A Supreme Court decision has opened the door for thousands of arts and entertainment companies to claim business interruption insurance over Covid-19.

Insurance scheme needed now to save 2021 festivals

07 Jan 2021

A £650m Government-backed insurance scheme could salvage £2bn worth of activity, the sector argues.

Culture is London’s business

Crowed looking at coloured lights on a tunnel
06 Jan 2021

London’s cultural and commercial sectors have always had a symbiotic relationship, writes Tony Matharu. Fostering those links is now more important than ever.

£166m in loans comes with promise of new grants

RSC auditorium with audience waitig for a performance
10 Dec 2020

A further £400m of Culture Recovery Fund grants and loans has been earmarked for extending another "helping hand" to organisations facing failure before April.

2023 Borough of Culture to go ahead despite council's financial woes

19 Nov 2020

Croydon is still developing the cultural showcase despite an order against non-essential spending, a review over alleged financial mismanagement, and a £67m deficit.

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