Relief for orchestras

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20 Jan 2016

Orchestra Tax Relief is imminent. Sean Egan explains how it will work and urges those eligible to start planning now.

Getting more from trusts and foundations

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11 Jan 2016

How can small arts organisations fundraise more efficiently? Joanna Ridout shares her tips for attracting greater investment whilst filling in fewer forms. 

Stopping the decline

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17 Dec 2015

A new, nimbler box office system has given Mercury Theatre the power to turn around a steady decline in ticket sales. Libby Penn explains how.

Do we need more distributors of public arts funding, report asks

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20 Nov 2015

New research investigating the connections between subsidised and commercial theatre finds a symbiotic relationship with public funding at the heart of its success. 

Creative industries to get £40m investment boost

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20 Nov 2015

With support from the Government’s British Business Bank, the Edge Creative Enterprise Fund has been launched to address the “funding drought” in the creative industries.

Carbon reduction program realises £2.3m cost savings

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13 Nov 2015

Low-cost attempts to reduce environmental impact have paid dividends for arts organisations, although investment will be needed to achieve further reductions.

Private income growth brings extra £127m into the arts

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06 Nov 2015

Two-thirds of England’s National Portfolio Organisations achieved growth in revenues from trading and philanthropy between 2011 and 2014, with the National Theatre leading the charge.

Investment and Contract Readiness Fund pays dividends

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30 Oct 2015

Giving support to organisations applying for social investment funding or bidding for public service contracts can boost their chances of success, report finds.

Airline-style pricing experiment pays off for arts centre

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30 Oct 2015

The Firestation arts centre in Windsor has increased revenues while avoiding a drop in audience numbers by using the ‘rising prices’ ticketing model.

Friends on tour

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29 Oct 2015

Can a small touring company benefit from running a Friends scheme? Liz Hill examines the opportunities and the challenges.

How to be resilient

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22 Oct 2015

There are all sorts of financial interventions claiming to help organisations build resilience. But which can actually work for arts organisations? Sean Egan shares his tips.

Digital theatre model embraces small-scale producers

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13 Oct 2015

Live and recorded screenings have the potential to develop and serve new audiences for small-scale theatre companies, as well as generate income, report concludes.

HMRC sets out rules for theatre tax breaks

War Horse
09 Oct 2015

Live performances to paying audiences are the main focus of the tax relief, but live streaming and educational productions will also qualify. 

Raising our game

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28 Sep 2015

Selling in the arts is improving but it could still learn a lot from retailers and travel companies, says Libby Penn.

Report proposes sweeping changes in charity fundraising regulation

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25 Sep 2015

A government-commissioned panel is calling for a ‘Fundraising Preference Service’ to be established, allowing the public to opt out of fundraising communications from charities.

New business models

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24 Sep 2015

Digital developments are helping arts organisations make more money. Sam Mitchell describes some innovative new business models.

Risks worth taking?

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02 Sep 2015

Who really benefits from ‘pay what you can’ and ‘pay what you decide’ ticketing offers? Two organisations reveal whether it worked for them.

Creative and commercial

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28 Aug 2015

The 2008 crash shook Ali Pretty’s outdoor arts company hard. But after a bold decision to split the organisation in two, it’s now doing better than ever. 

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