Winners and losers as arts organisations diversify income

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29 Nov 2016

New figures reveal the volatile nature of arts income as National Portfolio Organisations become more reliant on private sources of revenue. 

Cutting emissions has saved NPOs £8.7m since 2012

Cornelia Parkers War Room
24 Nov 2016

If arts organisations continue to decrease emissions at the current rate, they will be 46% lower in 2019/20 than in 2012/13, a report by Julie’s Bicycle has found.

International activity financially ‘worth it’ for arts organisations

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14 Nov 2016

Over half of Arts Council England’s NPOs are reaping rewards working internationally, but larger organisations and those based in London tend to benefit most financially.

Arts Council Chair celebrates sector’s entrepreneurial flair

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11 Nov 2016

As he prepares to step down, Sir Peter Bazalgette has said he’s pleased with NPOs’ progress but that board members need to get more directly involved with fundraising. 

Economic Impact Assessments too varied for useful comparisons, says report

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28 Oct 2016

Recognition that increased spending in one location can lead to reduced spending somewhere nearby should be considered an essential part of an economic assessment, according to a DCMS report.

Three-quarters of people in the arts volunteer before finding paid work, survey suggests

Aaron Wright
12 Oct 2016

Research by Jerwood Charitable Foundation found only a quarter of people working in the arts entered the sector with a paid position.

Good news story

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04 Oct 2016

Last year Leicester’s Curve Theatre increased its turnover by 30%. Chris Stafford discusses touring, hospitality and rejecting capital funding.

Museum entry fees do not affect visitor diversity, research suggests

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09 Sep 2016

Overall visitor numbers typically fall when entry fees are introduced, but donations and secondary spend are not affected.

Axisweb awarded £100k by Government business scheme

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09 Sep 2016

The charity will use the funding from Innovate UK to undertake research into socially engaged artistic practice and increase its sustainability.

Edinburgh’s theatres continue to thrive

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26 Aug 2016

Annual reports reveal the city’s largest theatre spaces broke income targets and increased profits last year.

Dancing all over the world

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25 Aug 2016

Dance is perfectly suited to being toured internationally, says Anthony Missen. He explains how exporting has allowed Company Chameleon to grow and flourish. 

Quayside development plans progress for Live Theatre

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18 Aug 2016

The theatre’s business model bears fruit, as a local tech company signs a rental agreement that will deliver an ongoing revenue stream for its artistic and education work. 

Strategy aims to put artists at the heart of society

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10 Aug 2016

Paying artists fairly is listed in Creative Scotland’s new Arts Strategy among a range of measures to raise the profile of artists and the arts in Scotland.

Birmingham looks for new ways to fund arts and culture

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22 Jul 2016

Almost 50 new approaches to finance, collaboration and fundraising have been put forward in the Birmingham Cultural Investment Enquiry.

Arts Council England launches new strategic funds

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21 Jul 2016

Three new funds will help arts organisations become more resilient and more accessible to older people.

Are you sure the price is right?

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04 Jul 2016

Your box office data could be key to unlocking a higher income stream from satisfied customers who are willing to pay more for your tickets. Rachael Easton explains how. 

Making ticketing work smarter

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04 Jul 2016

Cutting-edge technologies are bringing about a box office data revolution. Andrew Thomas and Roger Tomlinson reveal how arts organisations are increasing audience engagement and reaping financial rewards.

A playful business tool

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26 May 2016

A visual business model tool is allowing arts organisations to take a playful and creative approach to planning, says Julie Aldridge.

A different kind of host

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25 May 2016

Opening a hostel has helped East Street Arts to support artists and generate much-needed income. Nicola Greenan explains how they did it.

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