What ‘watch at home’ gave us

A pirate on stage performing Treasure Island in front of a ship prop and his crew
24 Feb 2021

Can a regional theatre make money from online productions? Kelly Johnson says you have to weigh your options and ask for help.

Selling collections must be subject to scrutiny

24 Feb 2021

Sharon Heal challenges a museum chair’s view that ethics are a matter of ‘emotion’.

Scottish organisations strive to stay in Creative Europe

12 Feb 2021

Leaving the influential programme in a time of crisis would be "a travesty" - and unnecessary for devolved nations, campaigners say.

Including the excluded

Screenshot of a virtual choir
10 Feb 2021

Sonali Joshi says parity in support for the self-employed is the vital ingredient for a positive future.

Insurance payouts for arts businesses could run into billions

19 Jan 2021

A Supreme Court decision has opened the door for thousands of arts and entertainment companies to claim business interruption insurance over Covid-19.

Artists protest PRS plans for livestreaming licences

15 Jan 2021

The music industry is up in arms over the licensing body’s plan to impose tariffs of up to 17% on live streaming ticketed performances.

Culture is London’s business

Crowed looking at coloured lights on a tunnel
06 Jan 2021

London’s cultural and commercial sectors have always had a symbiotic relationship, writes Tony Matharu. Fostering those links is now more important than ever.

New horizons

Candle with a brown card label saying hope attached, christmas decorations in the background
16 Dec 2020

As we say good riddance to 2020, Liz Hill takes a glass-half-full look at progress in the cultural sector this year, and what the year ahead might hold.

Classical and jazz artists are 'doing badly' from streaming royalties

Man with headphones and microphone recording on a laptop
03 Dec 2020

Fear of being excluded holds artists back from challenging the major platforms.

Regional venues rail against 'illogical' Tier 3 restrictions

02 Dec 2020

Organisations and local authorities say its unfair and uneconomical to place harsher limits on cultural venues than gyms and hairdressers, as they trumpet their benefits to the nation's health.

'No evidence' of Covid transmission in well-ventilated, socially distanced spaces

24 Nov 2020

The Government has permitted venues to open with up to 50% capacity from early December. What does the science say?

Female artists are probably earning less than minimum wage

23 Nov 2020

Research into gender pay gaps and the representation of Britain's female artists shows some measures of equality are moving backwards, while others are "incredibly slow" to change.

At least £1bn loss expected due to Covid-19: UK Music report

19 Nov 2020

The economic value of music industries reached a £5.8bn high in 2019. Then the "hammer blow" happened.

The sector should be scared – very scared

Stained Glass window depicting Sleeping Beauty's Fairy godmothers
06 Nov 2020

"We have now had a glimpse of what direct government funding of the arts would look like – and it’s not a pretty picture" says Liz Hill.

Theatres and AI: the brave new world ahead

Graphic of people on their phones in the theatre
05 Nov 2020

While theatres are in lockdown it’s difficult to look ahead. But Andrew Howard sees technological change as driving a new and better customer experience in the future, and that change is almost upon us. 

Rejected funding applicants seek the public's support

29 Oct 2020

Crowdfunding campaigns are sustaining those who missed out on a Cultural Recovery Fund grant - and some who were successful.

The impact of Covid-19 on fundraising: should we tear up the rule book?

Woman in gallery looking at painting
29 Oct 2020

Right now past data is a poor predictor of the future, but understanding the scale and nature of change while responding to issues and initiatives of importance to funders will be vital to future success, say Michelle Wright and Sarah Thelwall.

Taking practical steps on the road to recovery

A table in the foreground with a lamp, menu and 'I have been sanitised' marker with a band on stage in the background
21 Oct 2020

As the four countries of the UK start to offer financial lifelines to venues wanting to reopen, Priya Patel explains how the Arts Working Group and their Recovery Toolkit can provide support with some of the thornier problems they are now addressing.

New thinking for a new age

Edinburgh Conversations: it's time to redefine culture at local level. This image shows a man playing a saxophone on an Edinburgh street with people walking by
15 Oct 2020

“We must use this time to reset values and make our industry and institutions more relevant for the whole of society.” Janet Archer draws together this summer’s Edinburgh Culture Conversations.

Survival of the fittest? Recovery forecast assumes a third of arts businesses will fail 

09 Oct 2020

ACE has welcomed projections that the sector will recover to pre-Covid levels by 2022. The “bounce back” relies on only the most economically productive organisations surviving.

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