Accelerator to develop new arts products and services

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10 May 2016

Following on from the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, nine arts organisations will be supported to develop their products and services to the ‘investment ready’ stage.

The road to self-sufficiency

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28 Apr 2016

When Exeter Corn Exchange had to become financially self-sufficient, its busier programme required a fully rounded box office management system. Libby Penn reports.

Culture and heritage benefit from bequests

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22 Apr 2016

Fundraising efforts to stimulate legacy giving appear to be bearing fruit as more people are mentioning cultural charities in their wills.

Social investment fund pays out first loans to the arts

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20 Apr 2016

South East Dance, Bow Arts Trust and Titchfield Festival Theatre are the first organisations to benefit from the Arts Impact Fund.

NPOs thrive despite deep local authority cuts

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15 Apr 2016

With more local government cuts on the horizon, the Arts Council has appealed to councils to “keep the faith, and back local arts and culture”.

Not all bad news

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14 Apr 2016

Festivals may no longer benefit from regular funding streams, but Owen McNeir is optimistic that they can still thrive on a mixed-income approach to fundraising.

A broad funding base

Outdoor performance
14 Apr 2016

Over £400k has to be raised every year to stage the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival. How do they do it? Toby Smith outlines his strategy.

ACE relaunches Private Investment in Culture survey

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13 Apr 2016

Senior managers in the arts are invited to take part in research, which the arts council hopes will help them optimise their approach to private fundraising.

A radical approach

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06 Apr 2016

Harlow Playhouse’s Pay What You Can pricing initiative is attracting new audiences, but is it too financially risky? Scott Ramsay reports half way through its first season.

Survey to examine impact of paid museum admissions

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24 Mar 2016

The impact of charging on visitor spend, diversity of visitors and community reputation is to be assessed.

BP to end Tate sponsorship deal

Liberate Tate
11 Mar 2016

Oil giant BP is to stop sponsoring art gallery Tate from 2017, blaming a “challenging business environment”, but will continue sponsoring the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Opera House.

Making collections pay

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03 Mar 2016

Many museums and galleries struggle to manage the costs of storing and conserving their collections. Emma Sumner introduces two innovative organisations that are making their collections pay their own way.  

Life after regular funding

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25 Feb 2016

Audiences and rural promoters are the life-blood of Northumberland Theatre Company. Gillian Hambleton reveals how the company harnessed that loyalty to keep the company going through hard times.

Meeting the challenges of the new arts economy

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25 Feb 2016

To diversify income, Cambridge Live needed a simpler yet more versatile box office system. But would it be ready for the day the folk festival tickets went on sale? Libby Penn reports.

High-street strategies

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11 Feb 2016

Gallery and theatre shops can learn a lot from high-street retailers. Corin Birchall shares his tips.

A match made in Sheffield

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11 Feb 2016

Every year, 40,000 people are drawn to Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre for an event that is neither a play nor a musical. Bookey Oshin reports on an unusual partnership. 

Exploiting hidden assets

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11 Feb 2016

Are you sitting on a gold mine? Patrick Towell believes the arts sector is missing out by not exploiting its intangible assets. 

Live to digital

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11 Feb 2016

When Pilot Theatre first livestreamed a theatre production eight years ago, it did not foresee this leading to a significant new income stream, says Marcus Romer.

Arts becoming less reliant on government funding

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05 Feb 2016

Cultural organisations in receipt of local authority funding are bracing for cuts, but the sector remains optimistic about its financial outlook, according to a new survey.

Music and performing arts growth stalling

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29 Jan 2016

Creative industries growth continues to outstrip other sectors, but music, performing and visual arts are faring less well than in previous years.

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