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

Donate Box
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. 

Gift Aid: speak now or forever...

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24 Aug 2015

Unless arts organisations make their voices heard in the Government's Gift Aid consultation, the sector could shortly be facing a whole new set of challenges, says Philip Spedding.

Arts buildings told to build with a green mind

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14 Aug 2015

A new guide by Julie’s Bicycle provides advice on integrating environmental sustainability into capital project funding bids.

Swipe, tap and donate

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16 Jul 2015

There are probably more millionaires in your audience than you think. Libby Penn reveals how to find high-net-worth individuals already in your database.

The secrets of sponsorship

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02 Jul 2015

Is it possible for small, regional arts organisations to secure significant income through sponsorship? Heather Stewart shares the secrets of two festivals that have done just that.

Is our funding system still fit for purpose?

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25 Jun 2015

Arts organisations are changing rapidly to keep up with economic developments, but are grant-makers keeping up? Michelle Wright has her doubts.

Setting up shop

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28 May 2015

Since opening its museum shop two years ago, the Sir John Soane Museum has seen it go from strength to strength, developing a valuable new income stream. Xanthe Arvanitakis explains how.

A story of survival

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23 Apr 2015

When Making Music learnt that it was no longer a National Portfolio Organisation, it was forced to rethink how it operated. Barbara Eifler describes a difficult six months.

Recognising our true value

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26 Mar 2015

Convinced that the current trend towards an instrumentalist approach to arts funding underestimates the true value of the arts to society, Graham Henderson urges arts organisations to seek new sources of earned income with greater confidence.

Achieving artistic ambitions

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26 Feb 2015

Financial independence and an ambitious artistic programme may seem incompatible, but Julia Fawcett has found a solution combining commercial savviness, efficiencies and sound planning.

A production at last

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03 Nov 2014

Securing funding to produce its own play for the first time has been the breakthrough that Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury has wanted for some time, says Mark Everett.

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