The art of not underselling

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19 Oct 2017

Fabrica in Brighton has raised extra income through venue hire for some years, but it needed a more commercial approach to maximise its potential. Anne Rupert tells the story.

Artist network to ‘change career prospects’ for artists

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14 Jul 2017

Ensuring policy makers and commissioners value artists and art equally is at the heart of a-n’s new five-year strategy.

Arts projects fail to attract investors

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26 Jun 2017

None of the participants in a digital arts accelerator programme designed to help cultural organisations attract commercial investment were able to convince investors that they could deliver sufficient financial returns.

Working smarter with the right technology

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22 Jun 2017

Hiring out space is an easy revenue stream for many arts venues. Andrew Thomas shares tips on how to manage underused assets. 

Students in creative subjects earn least after leaving university

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14 Jun 2017

Male graduates earn slightly more than women just one year after graduating from a Creative Arts and Design course.

Private giving ‘not a total solution’ to arts funding shortfalls

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05 May 2017

The size of an arts organisation is more important than location when it comes to attracting donations and sponsorship, new analysis has found.

A front-of-house facelift

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24 Apr 2017

Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre is a listed building but its front-of-house areas were in need of a facelift. Adrian Jackson explains how making the theatre more welcoming also made the bars more profitable.

Join the sharing economy

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20 Apr 2017

Sharing skills and resources is not just about altruism, it can unlock new sources of revenue for arts organisations. Benita Matofska shares five tips for getting started. 

Are you pricing dynamically?

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13 Apr 2017

Dynamic pricing is all the rage, but is just one tactic amongst many. David Reece explains how organisations can benefit by placing dynamic pricing in a wider context.

Trial and error

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13 Apr 2017

Inspired by theatres, Bristol’s museums and galleries decided to try out a ‘pay what you think’ model for exhibitions. Philip Walker tells the story.

Simpler subscriptions

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13 Apr 2017

Interest in a Swedish theatre’s subscription scheme was plummeting until it reworked it to reward frequent and early bookings. Jenny Bång outlines the changes it made.

Navigating change

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16 Mar 2017

Business support provides a lifeline that can help cultural organisations attract new partners, funders, lenders and investors. Sarah Thirtle previews a new programme designed to do just that.

Commercial theatres hit hardest by business rates increase

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03 Mar 2017

Mandatory tax relief on business rates for registered charities will mitigate the impact of rate rises of up to 60%.

Arts organisations celebrate record fundraising success

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03 Mar 2017

The amount generated through donations, sponsorship and membership by Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations has doubled over the past seven years.

A question of resources

02 Mar 2017

Many arts organisations are striving to diversify their fundraising income, but there are dangers in this approach, warns Michelle Wright.

Call for evidence on business support for the arts

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24 Feb 2017

Evidence around business support will contribute to a review of provision and a resource for creative and cultural organisations.

Arts funding cuts bite hard in Northern Ireland

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01 Feb 2017

Income generating activities by ACNI’s core-funded organisations have failed to offset the loss of Government funding and artists’ costs have been slashed to balance budgets.

Government commits to ‘early sector deal’ with creative industries

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24 Jan 2017

Outgoing Arts Council Chair Sir Peter Bazalgette is to conduct a review into how the creative industries can “underpin future prosperity”.

English arts centres thrive by diversifying income

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09 Dec 2016

Future Arts Centre venues are more successful than the rest of the sector at attracting the audiences least likely to engage in the arts, research suggests.

Distribution of private investment in the arts is “extremely uneven”

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02 Dec 2016

50 arts organisations shared around 60% of the estimated £480m private investment in culture in 2014/15, with London-based organisations being the primary beneficiaries.

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