The data illusion

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14 Jun 2019

Funders are increasing their demands for data from arts organisations while only paying lip service to quality in their own statistics. It’s time to stop indulging them, says Jonathan Knott.

Finding a way with words

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06 Jun 2019

The ability to write clearly about an organisation’s ethos, approach, and audience needs is an essential skill for effective cultural sector fundraisers, says Caroline McCormick.

Case builds for ‘commercial justification’ of the arts

31 May 2019

As a Government spending review approaches, Arts Council England and the Creative Industries Federation have joined forces to put forward an unashamedly economic case for funding culture.

Grassroots venues face discrimination on business rates, says UK Music

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24 May 2019

The industry body says 124 venues would save more than £4,000 each a year if they were offered the same discounts as pubs and bars.

Wheelchair users barred from online bookings

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24 May 2019

New research finds only 4% of bookings that included wheelchair access needs were made online, compared to 60% of all transactions.

Don't run at it

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23 May 2019

What is it like to join Arts Council England's National Portfolio? Annie Rigby shares her stories of joy, relief and fatigue following her organisation's first year as an NPO.

Fundraisers concerned about donors’ future income

17 May 2019

New research warns that “the wider macroeconomic environment will impact on the ability of charities to raise funds when individuals experience a decline in disposable income”.

Why failing fast can be good for you

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15 May 2019

What can you do if your event is approaching but your marketing campaign isn’t achieving its desired effect? If you’ve got access to the right data, there’s always time to turn the tide, says Paul Fadden.

A simpler way to do tax

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15 May 2019

The government's ‘Making Tax Digital’ initiative makes sense for HMRC, but it's also a chance for arts organisations to save time and money, says Mahmood Reza.

100 arts managers share £10m

The auditorium at the Royal Opera House
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.

Smarter thinking about mobile ticketing

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18 Apr 2019

Mobile ticketing is convenient for the customer and can open up new business opportunities. Innovations in the US signal a way forward for the UK, suggests James McClure.

Financing future communities

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18 Apr 2019

The Conservatoire in Blackheath recently arranged a finance plan with Triodos Bank to fund its future activities. Phillip Bate explains how the bank’s ethos and belief in the cultural sector made it happen.

Ticking all the right boxes

Photo of bursary winner Diana Scarborough (left) working with Dr Ljiljana Fruk (right)
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.

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