A happy workforce

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19 Apr 2018

With the Mayflower Theatre recently listed by the Sunday Times as one of the best organisations to work for, Robin Hancox explains the recent workforce initiatives that helped secure the listing.

Working class people ‘significantly excluded’ from arts careers

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17 Apr 2018

Craft is the only artform to come close to accurately representing working class communities across the UK, new research finds.

Arts organisations among best employers for women

06 Apr 2018

The gender pay gap is smaller in the arts than other sectors, although some organisations are still trailing behind including ‘Times Top 50 Employer for Women’ the Southbank Centre.

New guidance to support dignity at work in arts organisations

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06 Apr 2018

A free support line for performing arts workers concerned about workplace harassment or bullying will be set up for a year, funded by UK Theatre, SOLT and the Theatre Development Trust.

Government must tackle arts fundraising challenges, AMs say

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29 Mar 2018

Welsh Assembly members have concluded that a fundraising skills deficit is holding back attempts to reduce arts organisations’ reliance on public funding. 

Arts organisations reveal their gender pay gaps

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16 Mar 2018

The first organisations to meet the government’s new reporting requirements include Arts Council England, the National Gallery and Sadler’s Wells.

When passion becomes pernicious

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08 Mar 2018

Passion drives the arts, but it also leaves the sector vulnerable to inappropriate behaviour. Ruth Rentschler proposes a framework for moral and ethical behaviour on arts boards.

Equity to ‘hold theatres to account’ on sexual harassment

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02 Mar 2018

Organisations and venues will be expected to adopt and follow robust policies and procedures on tackling inappropriate behaviour and bullying.

A dedicated director of business development

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28 Feb 2018

As a small but fast-growing touring theatre company run by part-time staff, Hubbub Theatre Company has benefited from appointing a Director of Business Development. Jo Kemp explains what her job entails. 

New guides to help diversify workforce and leadership

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11 Dec 2017

An Arts Council England toolkit offers advice on widening recruitment processes and improving data collection, and includes research findings about barriers to entry in the cultural sector.

Arts organisations are turning a blind eye to sexual harassment

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24 Nov 2017

Arts workers have lifted the veil on the secrecy surrounding sexual harassment in the arts, revealing the extent and impact of the issue in hundreds of comments through ArtsProfessional’s latest survey.

Pulse report: Sexual harassment in the arts – is enough being done?

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24 Nov 2017

Following revelations of inappropriate behaviour by high-profile individuals in the arts, an ArtsProfessional survey has revealed the experiences and views of the sector’s workforce. Frances Richens reports on the findings.

How September became Stafftember

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23 Nov 2017

Stafftember was an opportunity for employees at Theatre Royal Plymouth to find out about each other’s jobs, from operating the spotlights to casting a production. Rebecca Pettitt explains how it came about.

Paying a wage to live on

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16 Nov 2017

Following revelations of disappointingly low pay figures in the charity sector, Daniel Williams explains why it’s in arts organisations best interests to become Living Wage employers.

How to… deal with complaints of sexual harassment

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14 Nov 2017

Following revelations of inappropriate behaviour by high-profile figures in the arts, Simon Jones offers practical guidance for small organisations on handling such situations.

300 arts workers report being sexually harassed

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10 Nov 2017

The publication of a ‘Code of Behaviour’ for the arts coincides with disturbing early findings from an ArtsProfessional survey, raising serious questions about how arts organisation are dealing with complaints.

Parents’ campaign calls for theatres to embrace flexible working

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03 Nov 2017

25 theatres across the UK will trial a new employment charter, to help ensure they are “as inclusive as possible to carers and parents”.

From performer to leader

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26 Oct 2017

How easy is it to make the transition from being a performer to becoming the chief executive of an arts organisation? Coreene Archer discusses the tensions and the strategies for success.

Arts organisations stand firm against sexual harassment

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25 Oct 2017

A joint statement against abuse by almost 80 arts organisations coincides with the launch of a survey seeking to uncover the extent of sexual harassment in the sector.

Calls for Edinburgh Fringe to take action on ‘exploitation’

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17 Aug 2017

MP Tommy Sheppard has echoed calls by a new union-led campaign for fair wages and working conditions at the Fringe festival.

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