Covid-19: Arts universities could lose £100m

17 Sep 2020

New analysis indicates an eye-watering financial hit if international student numbers plummet in 2021.

What can – and should - you charge digital audiences?

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15 Sep 2020

Even if people are willing to pay for digital performances, are they willing to pay enough? Robin Cantrill Fenwick examines the data emerging from the pandemic’s rush to digitise, and where the income opportunities lie.

Mass testing key to fully reopening the arts sector, MPs told

11 Sep 2020

Arts events could incentivise testing and restart the sector safely. But without a confirmed reopening date, there is little hope of recovery.

Millennials make up more of post-Covid audiences, survey indicates

03 Sep 2020

An apparent growth in younger audiences could be a "silver lining" for the sector as fewer older people patronise the arts.

Museum no-shows an 'unintended consequence' of reopening success

03 Sep 2020

Some museums are nearly running at their post-Covid capacity. But "reopening doesn't mean recovery" as up to 40% of ticket holders stay home.

Covid will affect future lottery funding, experts warn

27 Aug 2020

The National Lottery faces major challenges as more charities clamour for support.

No sector is suffering more than the arts, figures show

27 Aug 2020

New ONS data lays bare the critical state of the arts and entertainment sectors. Yet these organisations are supporting their employees better than most.

Visitor numbers at a standstill as museums reopen

12 Aug 2020

Major museums are attracting less than 10% of the visitors they normally would - and paying through the nose to do so.

Silence on support for ‘crown jewels’

24 Jul 2020

Tate Gallery will be one of the beneficiaries of the Government’s £1.57bn bailout. But as major organisations consult on redundancies, rumours are flying as to who else will – or won’t – receive funding.

Arts sector worst hit as other industries emerge from lockdown 

23 Jul 2020

Ongoing closures mean the impact of Covid-19 is more severe for arts and entertainment than any other industrial sector – and the drought may not be over yet.

How to get audiences to pay more for streamed content

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22 Jul 2020

What would happen if an audience was allowed to make a reservation for a small fee, enjoy the experience, and then pay afterwards, when the emotional value is highest? Kahlil Ashanti tried it out – and was very glad he did.

Non-profit venues lose out under emergency VAT rules

St Martin's Theatre on London's West End
17 Jul 2020

Cultural venues exempt from VAT will gain nothing from new rules meant to benefit the sector, while commercial operators will be significantly better off. 

How to get up-front funding for a project – without losing control

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13 Jul 2020

R&D funding for artists is hard to come by, but Hannah Grannemann and Amy Whitaker believe emerging artist-centric sources of finance will offer important new opportunities that could radically shift the economics.

Letter: Fund the ecosystem - not the select few

13 Jul 2020

If ACE only distributes the Government's support package to the organisations they have a current relationship with, then 80% of the sector will remain vulnerable and large scale venues as well as small will be at risk says Michael Ockwell.

ACE grants just one third of emergency funds, holds on to £56.9m

London Symphony Orchestra
09 Jul 2020

The funder says 95 National Portfolio Organisations that applied “were not able to demonstrate they needed urgent funding”.

Evolve or die: time to think the unthinkable

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09 Jul 2020

Covid-19 has only accelerated what was bound to happen in the arts world – the collapse of unsustainable economic models. It’s time to think again about where income comes from - and what we spend it on - says Alice Black.

Building online relationships with supporters

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30 Jun 2020

In the current climate it’s time to adapt digital fundraising strategies and look at how your data can help boost online donations, says Lucy Costelloe.

Refund scandal could tarnish the reputation of the theatre industry

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15 May 2020

Ticket buyers fighting to claim refunds from ATG Tickets have found the company is not automatically refunding transaction fees, claiming this is in line with the industry’s Code of Practice.

Why are arts workers always pigeonholed?

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20 Apr 2020

By labelling people as either creators or administrators the sector is losing out on a host of valuable skills, says Rachel Griffiths.

Artrix falls victim to Covid-19 trading losses

Artrix Arts Centre image
07 Apr 2020

The Bromsgrove arts centre was returning to financial health following local authority cuts, but the coronavirus crisis has proved fatal for the organisation, which needs £10,000 a month to lie dormant.

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