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

Museum Cafe
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

Musician playing
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.

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

Investment letters
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.

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