Rejected funding applicants seek the public's support

29 Oct 2020

Crowdfunding campaigns are sustaining those who missed out on a Cultural Recovery Fund grant - and some who were successful.

The impact of Covid-19 on fundraising: should we tear up the rule book?

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29 Oct 2020

Right now past data is a poor predictor of the future, but understanding the scale and nature of change while responding to issues and initiatives of importance to funders will be vital to future success, say Michelle Wright and Sarah Thelwall.

Taking practical steps on the road to recovery

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21 Oct 2020

As the four countries of the UK start to offer financial lifelines to venues wanting to reopen, Priya Patel explains how the Arts Working Group and their Recovery Toolkit can provide support with some of the thornier problems they are now addressing.

New thinking for a new age

Edinburgh Conversations: it's time to redefine culture at local level. This image shows a man playing a saxophone on an Edinburgh street with people walking by
15 Oct 2020

“We must use this time to reset values and make our industry and institutions more relevant for the whole of society.” Janet Archer draws together this summer’s Edinburgh Culture Conversations.

Survival of the fittest? Recovery forecast assumes a third of arts businesses will fail 

09 Oct 2020

ACE has welcomed projections that the sector will recover to pre-Covid levels by 2022. The “bounce back” relies on only the most economically productive organisations surviving.

High Court ruling opens door to business interruption claims

01 Oct 2020

Arts organisations forced to close due to Covid-19 may now be covered by their insurance. As always, the devil is in the detail.

Audiences will pay for 'live digital' events, survey suggests

22 Sep 2020

70% of audiences say they are willing to pay for digital events as full capacity shows remain on ice. But the shift towards user-pays models "will be a challenge," experts warn.

Covid-19: Arts universities could lose £25m

17 Sep 2020

New analysis indicates a significant financial hit if international student numbers fall in 2021.

What can – and should - you charge digital audiences?

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15 Sep 2020

Even if people are willing to pay for digital performances, are they willing to pay enough? Robin Cantrill Fenwick examines the data emerging from the pandemic’s rush to digitise, and where the income opportunities lie.

Mass testing key to fully reopening the arts sector, MPs told

11 Sep 2020

Arts events could incentivise testing and restart the sector safely. But without a confirmed reopening date, there is little hope of recovery.

Millennials make up more of post-Covid audiences, survey indicates

03 Sep 2020

An apparent growth in younger audiences could be a "silver lining" for the sector as fewer older people patronise the arts.

Museum no-shows an 'unintended consequence' of reopening success

03 Sep 2020

Some museums are nearly running at their post-Covid capacity. But "reopening doesn't mean recovery" as up to 40% of ticket holders stay home.

Covid will affect future lottery funding, experts warn

27 Aug 2020

The National Lottery faces major challenges as more charities clamour for support.

No sector is suffering more than the arts, figures show

27 Aug 2020

New ONS data lays bare the critical state of the arts and entertainment sectors. Yet these organisations are supporting their employees better than most.

Visitor numbers at a standstill as museums reopen

12 Aug 2020

Major museums are attracting less than 10% of the visitors they normally would - and paying through the nose to do so.

Silence on support for ‘crown jewels’

24 Jul 2020

Tate Gallery will be one of the beneficiaries of the Government’s £1.57bn bailout. But as major organisations consult on redundancies, rumours are flying as to who else will – or won’t – receive funding.

Arts sector worst hit as other industries emerge from lockdown 

23 Jul 2020

Ongoing closures mean the impact of Covid-19 is more severe for arts and entertainment than any other industrial sector – and the drought may not be over yet.

How to get audiences to pay more for streamed content

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22 Jul 2020

What would happen if an audience was allowed to make a reservation for a small fee, enjoy the experience, and then pay afterwards, when the emotional value is highest? Kahlil Ashanti tried it out – and was very glad he did.

Non-profit venues lose out under emergency VAT rules

St Martin's Theatre on London's West End
17 Jul 2020

Cultural venues exempt from VAT will gain nothing from new rules meant to benefit the sector, while commercial operators will be significantly better off. 

How to get up-front funding for a project – without losing control

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13 Jul 2020

R&D funding for artists is hard to come by, but Hannah Grannemann and Amy Whitaker believe emerging artist-centric sources of finance will offer important new opportunities that could radically shift the economics.

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