Job Support Scheme 'completely inadequate' for the arts

25 Sep 2020

Many organisations won't be able to afford the replacement for the furlough system, which only gives employers a small discount on salaries and forbids redundancies.

Head to head: can a toolkit solve the sector’s class problem?

14 Nov 2019

This year Jerwood Arts published a toolkit for cultural organisations, designed to encourage greater socio-economic diversity in the arts. Julie Lomax, Chief Executive of a-n The Artists Information Company, sees it as a starting point for helping solve the sector’s ‘class crisis’ – but arts consultant Chrissie Tiller isn’t so sure.

Job Ladder – Moya Maxwell

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30 May 2019

Moya Maxwell looks back on a career that has taken her from managing live events to running Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.

Preventing accidents – the problems of attracting fundraising talent

23 Sep 2020

Recruiting on the basis of passion for the arts doesn’t make sense in vital income-generating roles, says Michelle Wright. Sector leaders need a talented pool of fundraisers with recognised knowledge and skills.

Redundancies will make the arts sector whiter, unions warn

04 Sep 2020

Major organisations' silence on claims that job cuts are falling disproportionately on BAME staff stands in stark contrast to a groundswell of disclosures about the ethnic breakdown of workforces.

People with privileged pasts twice as likely to hold creative jobs, study finds

28 Aug 2020

New research finds that social mobility is "a greater issue for the creative industries than across the wider economy" - and a pressing concern amid the pandemic.

Meaningful employment for young people: a priority for recovery

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22 Jul 2020

A generation of unrealised talent will be the cultural legacy of Covid-19 unless we use the financial lifelines the sector has been offered to diversify the industry and extend access to careers, says Tina Ramdeen.

Are qualifications worth it?

'Now Hiring' signpost
01 Jul 2020

Until the arts sector defines its expectations of the learning needed by employees, even aspirational and potentially career-enhancing training will be of limited value to either the individual or institution, says Michelle Wright.

Redundancy announcements gather pace

Theatre by the Lake
10 Jun 2020

Furloughed arts employees across the country are being warned of job losses as the next stage of the furlough scheme is deemed “not fit for purpose for the theatre industry”.

Supporting freelancers through the crisis – and beyond

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06 May 2020

If organisations don’t get a grip on the difference between being a freelancer and an employee – and give both the rights and benefits they are entitled to – then the workforce they depend upon may not be returning to them after the current crisis has passed, says Sara Whybrew.

Why are arts workers always pigeonholed?

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20 Apr 2020

By labelling people as either creators or administrators the sector is losing out on a host of valuable skills, says Rachel Griffiths.

Covid-19: Disability top of mind for DCMS

30 Mar 2020

Disabled artists say their safety, security and insight into limited lifestyles are crucial during this crisis. 

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.

Self care: a life jacket in a crisis

26 Mar 2020

How do arts organisations and individuals cope when what we do so instinctively is threatened? Lead the way and self care says Suzanne Alleyne.

Creative conversations to start the day

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26 Mar 2020

How do you keep connected in our Covid-19 world? #CreativeNetwork is a chance to talk about creative responses to enforced separation – and drink coffee together. Jemma Neville explains. 

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.

Museum freelancers to sector: ‘Fight for us’

23 Mar 2020

UK museums, libraries, galleries and archives must “visibly and robustly stand up for freelancers who they frequently depend so greatly on”.

Mounting pressure to protect freelancers' income

23 Mar 2020

Surveys say 70% fear they can't pay the bills, 60% expect their income to halve and 50% have lost all their scheduled work.

'Don't wash your hands of us': Creative sector demands more support

20 Mar 2020

Arts workers, unions and membership organisations react to UK-wide closures and the “unmanageable risks” presented by the lack of an enforced directive. 

£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.

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