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A four-year Memorandum of Understanding outlines a potential model for collaboration between Arts Council England and local authorities if devolution progresses.
The autumn statement, which protected money to the arts but delivered a blow to local authorities, has drawn mixed responses.
Local authorities envisage a shift away from direct provision of cultural services, but are preparing to lead by articulating a vision, brokering partnerships, and sourcing new funding.
Bethany Houldsworth reveals how she’s learned a lot as a Creative Apprentice for Lancashire County Council – not least about herself.
A new guide aims to help councils, developers and planners integrate culture into the capital’s developments.
More partnership working is key for the future of local authority arts funding in Edinburgh, but delays and a budget deficit are hindering progress.
Paul Martin reveals how London’s boroughs are protecting arts and culture against rising rents and funding cuts.
Richmond Arts Service shared resources and took advantage of new funding opportunities by working in partnerships, say Pippa Joiner and Emma Cookson.
How can a council support the arts when its budget has been cut completely? Charlotte Fergusson shares the inspiring story of Westminster City Council.
Caroline O’Neill explains why a project using the arts to improve the lives of looked after children and adults with dementia, across four local authorities in South Wales, was so successful.
When it comes to art and culture in Barking and Dagenham, local people call the shots. Miriam Nelken and Helen Ball share the story of the 100 Cultural Connectors.
Lorna Lee reveals how William Morris Gallery boosted its visitor numbers from 17,000 to 110,000 by engaging local people.
The average local authority arts budget for 2015/16 is £847k, a 3.5% decrease on last year, according to Arts Development UK.
Since Cornwall Council closed its schools music service, an independent service has emerged that is no longer at the mercy of politicians, writes Gareth Churcher.
Partnerships with local authories are crucial to Orchestras Live’s work. Henry Little reveals how they’ve maintained relationships through challenging economic times.
Tony Witton reports on the changes Kent County Council’s arts and culture service has made since asked to find new ways to pay for itself.
Has East Sussex County Council achieved the unachievable? Sally Staples reveals how, through a social capital study of De La Warr Pavilion, it unearthed a way to describe the intangible value culture.
Dorset's local authority arts service has just made the complex transition to a public service mutual. Lindsay Harrod shares the issues they faced and the benefits they are now reaping.
Public sector finances are not going to change any time soon, so we need to act to make sure efforts to bring arts and culture to those who don’t currently engage isn’t pushed off the agenda, says Jane Wilson.
Budget cuts, the introduction of the EBacc and mass academisation of schools has created a “perfect storm” for theatre companies working with young people, sector figures warn.