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

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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.

EXCLUSIVE: Gender gap dominates latest arts pay figures

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07 Dec 2018

Lack of career progression among women in the cultural sector is the overwhelming contributor to the significant gender pay gap revealed in initial findings from the 2018 ArtsPay survey.

Shadow minister: arts funding ‘should be conditional on ethical employment’

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29 Nov 2018

Justin Madders made the comments in relation to a tribunal hearing concerning the employment rights of art educators at the National Gallery, which could set a precedent for the public sector.

The dangers of a no-deal Brexit

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01 Nov 2018

What would a no-deal Brexit mean for employment in the arts? Damon Culbert foresees widespread disruption and labour shortages unless immigration policies change.

Tackling the power imbalance

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01 Nov 2018

Independent artists and producers are vulnerable to exploitation in a two-tier system characterised by precarious employment among the majority of cultural workers says Martin Cox, who challenges the status quo.

My Gurus - Joanne McShane

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24 Oct 2018

Joanne McShane reflects on the people who have guided her professional career, both as a dancer and as a choreographer.

Parents and carers in the arts face £3,000-a-year ‘career penalty’

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19 Oct 2018

A new survey finds that 43% of women with caring responsibilities would increase their working hours if “adequate” childcare was available.

Momentum builds for action on pay

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21 Sep 2018

Wales takes a lead as arts professionals across all the countries of the UK are urged to take part in research that will shed light on low pay and earnings in the cultural sector.

Apprenticeship barriers under scrutiny

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10 Aug 2018

New research is responding to employer demands for the apprenticeship system to be made more attractive to the creative industries.

Volunteering less popular than five years ago

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03 Aug 2018

The rate of volunteering at clubs and organisations has not recovered to the levels last seen in 2013/14, and the percentage of people giving to charity has also fallen over the same period.

Charities to publish salary information

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03 Aug 2018

From this year, English and Welsh charities will have to provide the Charity Commission with a breakdown of staff remuneration by income band, as well as the total income and benefits of their highest paid employee.

Breaking the cycle

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10 May 2018

To improve the diversity of the workforce, arts organisations need to employ more young people from low-income backgrounds. Kate Danielson shares tips for adjusting recruitment practices to do just that.

Developing home-grown talent

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10 May 2018

With over 80% of staff under 30, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s workforce is relatively young. Craig Morrow reveals how providing training and clear progression routes have been key to its success.

Breaking into the museum sector

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10 May 2018

To work in a museum you need the right academic qualifications and the resources to volunteer, but new initiatives in Scotland are starting to open up the sector to young people from more diverse backgrounds, says Catherine Cartmell.

A step in the right direction

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10 May 2018

Creative organisations in East London have joined forces to offer local young people the chance to develop employment skills in paid internships. Julia Hayes tells the story.

A continuous talent stream

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03 May 2018

At the very heart of Jasmin Vardimon Company is a dedication to education and nurturing talent. Lauren Baldock explains who benefits and how.

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