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”.

£330k emergency fund for authors affected by Covid-19

20 Mar 2020

The slush fund is the latest urgent funding measure to support imperilled freelancers.

£288m concert hall will be ‘the Tate Modern for music’

11 Mar 2020

The proposed Centre for Music will operate without public subsidy after the Government decided it was too expensive. 

Power to the people: how arts charities will have to change over the next 10 years

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06 Feb 2020

Arts charities are becoming organisational dinosaurs with models not fit for purpose. Rise to the challenge or face extinction, says Michelle Wright.

AP meets… Ed Vaizey

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23 Jan 2020

In the first of a series of conversations with sector leaders, Editor Amanda Parker sat down for lunch with former arts minister Ed Vaizey.

‘The shackles are removed’: arts sector responds to Harry and Meghan's decision

10 Jan 2020

Cultural sector figures question the benefits of royal patronage and consider whether the couple's departure from senior royal duties could allow them to speak more openly about discrimination.

Wooing the young billionaires

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02 Jan 2020

With arts philanthropy static in the UK and declining in the US, what needs to be done to persuade the next generation of mega-rich donors to support culture? Michelle Wright examines the challenges ahead.

City of Culture ‘changed Hull’s image for the better’

28 Nov 2019

An evaluation says the programme brought “profound but somewhat fragile” changes to Hull’s economy, community and cultural sector.

Fundraised income grows by 10% in a year

28 Nov 2019

Publicly funded arts organisations attracted more fundraising in 2018/19, but the growth isn’t keeping pace with inflation and falling grant-in-aid.

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.

Asking nicely

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31 Oct 2019

As part of a fundraising strategy donation boxes consistently fail to fulfil their potential, but does it have to be this way? Bernard Ross explains what’s going wrong – and the research exploring how to put it right.

The crisis in arts fundraising talent

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24 Oct 2019

Arts organisations must change their workplace cultures so that young people see the profession as a rewarding long-term job, says Michelle Wright.

Let’s talk fundraising tactics

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19 Sep 2019

Finding creative ways to grab donors’ attention is at the heart of successful fundraising campaigns. Conor Coyle shares some winning tactics.

GDPR one year on: four things to watch out for

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05 Sep 2019

Following recent large fines issued by the UK’s privacy watchdog, Raj Shah offers some tips to avoid falling foul of the regulator.

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”.

Design Museum under pressure from anti-arms campaigners

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06 Aug 2019

The institution has rejected campaigners’ claims that it has “done nothing” a year after promising to reassess its fundraising approach – but won’t make the review public.

Pledge Music liquidated owing thousands

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05 Aug 2019

The Insolvency Office will investigate the crowdfunding platform’s failure, but repayment of what’s “rightfully” owed to musicians seems unlikely.

Black arts philanthropy initiative under way

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01 Aug 2019

Researchers and fundraisers are looking to pilot new models for encouraging financial support to Black-led arts organisations.

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.

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