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.

Screen tax reliefs support boom in production

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12 Oct 2018

Tax reliefs for film, high-end TV and animation powered a 62% increase in employment, a 67% increase in tax revenues, and a 63% growth in production spend between 2013 and 2016.

ACE Directors paid £1m last year

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28 Sep 2018

Role changes, salary increases and associated benefits led to members of Arts Council England’s senior team seeing their remuneration packages grow by up to £24k each last year.

Call for free business support for arts sector

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14 Sep 2018

Arts professionals show a “continuing aversion” to the language of business support, despite a strong interest in accessing business support services.

Academics and arts sector join forces in £80m creative clusters scheme

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13 Sep 2018

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council will also support a new Policy and Evidence Centre, aiming to improve decision-making in the creative industries.

Turner Contemporary endorses plans for on-site hostel

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12 Sep 2018

Proposals by the gallery’s original architect, David Chipperfield, would see the creation of a 100-room building on the seafront next to the gallery.

Theatre tax relief payouts rise by two thirds

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27 Jul 2018

Almost 3,000 productions shared rebates worth £77m last year, including 40 claims worth over £500k.

How to… generate revenue from intellectual property

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05 Jul 2018

Many arts organisations need to think differently about their intellectual property to generate much-needed revenue. Luke McDonagh demystifies copyright, trademarks and other common barriers to exploiting IP.

Driving growth with the cloud

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28 Jun 2018

Since moving its box office system to the cloud, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has increased online sales and started taking online donations, says Paul McGuinness.

Arts Council outlines priorities for next two years

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08 Jun 2018

The national funder wants to develop a culture of enterprise and increase the use of loan finance in the sector.

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