100 arts managers share £10m

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18 Apr 2019

At London’s Royal Opera House, 14 senior managers and a further 12 performers were paid over £100k in 2016/17, amounting to 17% of its annual Arts Council funding.

A manifesto for mental health

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18 Apr 2019

All too often the cultural sector holds back from conversations about mental ill-health. Colin Beesting shares his manifesto for a more proactive approach.

How to… survive as a freelancer

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18 Apr 2019

So you think freelancing could be for you, but are you clear about the importance of networking, fee-setting and admin? Lucy Tomlinson offers some guidance on what to expect.

4 in 10 arts workers who leave sector cite caring responsibilities

12 Apr 2019

Researchers say parents and carers are being “pushed out” of arts careers due to low wages and a lack of job security.

Making the tea or changing the game?

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11 Apr 2019

Anne Torreggiani explains why participating in an EU-funded Erasmus programme has prompted her to re-evaluate the ability of interns to act as a source of new ideas and fresh thinking.

An experiment in openness

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11 Apr 2019

Not convinced that existing artist development programmes were making a tangible difference, New Perspectives Theatre Company has created a year-long scheme designed to be both open and flexible, says Jack McNamara.

My Gurus – Ed Collier

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04 Apr 2019

Ed Collier, Co-Director of independent theatre company China Plate, shines a spotlight on the artists and professionals who have shaped his career.

Creative industries suffer from ‘Guardian reader syndrome’, says BEIS diversity lead

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03 Apr 2019

Conference delegates heard that unconscious bias in recruitment continues to be a serious problem.

Investing in the workforce

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28 Mar 2019

How can we attract a diverse workforce into the arts sector? Robert West says arts organisations can start by dismantling the barriers they are putting up themselves.

Race to the bottom

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18 Mar 2019

As low- or no-pay practices continue to dominate the arts and cultural sector, some enlightened employers are starting to reap the benefits of offering a fairer deal to all staff. Jonathan Knott reflects on the findings of the ArtsPay 2018 survey – and the efforts of those challenging the status quo.

Rights, wellbeing and dignity

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18 Mar 2019

Financial insecurity plagues the working lives of cultural workers, with the self-employed and freelancers worst affected. But solutions are to be found, so it’s time for the UK to take decisive action, says Clara Paillard.

Entertainment without exploitation

18 Mar 2019

Charlotte Bence looks back on how the trade union Equity has fought low paid and unpaid work in the entertainment industries since 2014 – and its plans to extend its campaign in the future.

A wake-up call

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18 Mar 2019

Liz Hill introduces the grim findings published this week in the ArtsPay 2018 report on pay in the arts and cultural sector.

£8,000 pay penalty for part-time senior women, research finds

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15 Mar 2019

Women are being penalised for part-time working in the arts and cultural sector, earning full-time equivalent salaries that fall significantly short of those paid to people working full-time. 

National Gallery could face payout to educators after tribunal ruling

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01 Mar 2019

The case, expected to be the first of many such legal challenges to public sector bodies, has been described as a ‘wake-up call’.

Exploitation rife as unpaid work subsidises the arts

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08 Feb 2019

Working practices that “wouldn't be tolerated in any other industry” have become the norm across the sector, with employees and freelances expected to work for nothing to enable their artistic output to be delivered. 

My Gurus: Feargus Woods Dunlop

Feargus Woods Dunlop
07 Feb 2019

Who is Feargus Woods Dunlop's hostess with the mostest - and who does he think oozes theatricality? The writer and producer shares his five career gurus.

Pay crisis builds as arts workers struggle to make ends meet

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25 Jan 2019

Across the UK, but especially in London, arts workers are considering their futures in the sector as salaries have fallen out of step with the cost of living.

The myth of meritocracy

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24 Jan 2019

The cultural sector has become a self-endorsing closed shop and it’s high time for a shake-up. Simon Dancey throws down the gauntlet and commits to leading the charge.

Class influences career entry but not career progression, research finds

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21 Dec 2018

Over 70% of respondents now working in music, the visual arts or museums/heritage come from households where the main income earner worked in a professional or senior managerial occupation.

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