Ticking all the right boxes

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21 Mar 2019

Christine Harmar-Brown draws on her experience of submitting and assessing applications to offer some pointers on what works.

Pulse report: ArtsPay 2018

ArtsPay 2018: A summary of pay and earnings in the arts and cultural sector
18 Mar 2019

The ArtsPay 2018 survey has provided the opportunity for the realities of earnings in the arts & cultural sector to be better understood. This final report and associated analysis, together with commentary by the ArtsProfessional team and others, all contribute to a much clearer picture of the state of pay in 2018.

National Lottery Heritage Fund opens £7m loan programme

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08 Mar 2019

Theatres and other arts buildings will be eligible for the fund, though the interest rates and term length of loans could deter many.

Starting from scratch

The apartment in the Scratch Hub
07 Mar 2019

Liz Moreton explains why Battersea Arts Centre has taken the unusual step of opening up a new space for start-up businesses.

Points make prizes

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07 Mar 2019

Schemes aimed at generating loyalty need to do more than offer simple discounts. Francesca Di Nuzzo looks to airline loyalty programmes for inspiration.

Getting to grips with intellectual property

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28 Feb 2019

The idea of managing intellectual property fills many people with not just uncertainty but dread - which is why the Boosting Resilience programme recently explored a three-stage approach to make it less daunting.

Increasing number of NPOs classified as ‘major risk’

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22 Feb 2019

Just months after Liverpool Everyman was forced to drop out of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, more core funded organisations are reported as facing major risks.

T levels ‘will fail without 25% increase in student funding’

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21 Feb 2019

The Association of Colleges warns that the skills gap will continue to widen and UK prosperity will be at further risk without an extra £1000 per student.

Confusion and anxiety as artist studio provider plans 25% average rent increase

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01 Feb 2019

ACAVA’s new Chief Executive expressed regret about causing distress to studio holders, linking the hike to a “critical cash flow crisis” that had brought the organisation to the edge of “almost certain bankruptcy”.

Liverpool stands by ‘insulting’ logo design competition

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20 Dec 2018

The city region authority is offering a prize of £800 for a “simple but visually impactful” design to be used across print and online promotional materials for the £200k a year initiative.

Income rises at national institutions despite funding cuts

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14 Dec 2018

In real terms, institutions sponsored by DCMS have increased their income by over a quarter in the past decade, despite a 19% reduction in direct funding.

Liverpool Everyman drops out of National Portfolio

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07 Dec 2018

Arts Council England has guaranteed funding at the same level for the venue, which says the financial strain of maintaining a rep company took the organisation “towards a tipping point from which we now need to step back”.

Current definitions of growth not suitable for creative sector, argues report

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07 Dec 2018

New research finds 80% of creative businesses expect to grow in the next three years, but urges further support from the Government to ensure barriers such as Brexit and a lack of funding can be overcome.

Can less be more?

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06 Dec 2018

Making a product or service scarce or exclusive has become an effective way to attract customers in other sectors. Tim Baker explores how it might work in the arts.

Almost 90% of arts internships are unpaid

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23 Nov 2018

A major new report finds evidence that sectors like the arts trap young people “in cycles of unpaid internships without significant benefits to their career”.

National museums’ fundraising income drops as major campaigns end

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09 Nov 2018

Tate, the British Museum and Imperial War Museums have all recently completed drives to gain support for large-scale capital work, but economic changes also played a part in the decline.

Embracing business

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08 Nov 2018

As arts and cultural organisations rise to the challenges facing the sector, some are adopting new and ground-breaking templates for their relationships with business. Patrick Towell surveys the changing landscape.

The art of management

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08 Nov 2018

Artists are using their creative insight to advise business on strategies and methods of production. Catherine Morel and Philippe Mairesse explain how.

Creating confident communicators

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08 Nov 2018

When Oxford Playhouse was asked if it could run acting technique workshops for John Lewis, the answer had to be a yes, says Louise Chantal.

Birmingham arts organisations braced for further 30% cut

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19 Oct 2018

The City Council’s advice to organisations to prepare for the potential cut comes less than a year after promising to hold funding steady until 2020.

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