Financial advantages

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01 Oct 2015

Richmond Arts Service shared resources and took advantage of new funding opportunities by working in partnerships, say Pippa Joiner and Emma Cookson.

The arts on a zero budget

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24 Sep 2015

How can a council support the arts when its budget has been cut completely? Charlotte Fergusson shares the inspiring story of Westminster City Council.

Learning for the future

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24 Sep 2015

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.

Connecting with local people

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17 Sep 2015

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.

Appealing to local residents

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15 Sep 2015

Lorna Lee reveals how William Morris Gallery boosted its visitor numbers from 17,000 to 110,000 by engaging local people.

Local authority arts spend “reasonably stable”, survey finds

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11 Sep 2015

The average local authority arts budget for 2015/16 is £847k, a 3.5% decrease on last year, according to Arts Development UK.

From closure to creation

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10 Sep 2015

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.

Mission made possible

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10 Sep 2015

Partnerships with local authories are crucial to Orchestras Live’s work. Henry Little reveals how they’ve maintained relationships through challenging economic times.

Repositioning a service

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10 Sep 2015

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.

Social capital in practice

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10 Sep 2015

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.

Going it alone

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10 Sep 2015

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.

What should we be doing?

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10 Sep 2015

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

Theatres report drop in schools work

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21 Aug 2015

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.

Council gave NPO three-week warning of 100% funding cut

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20 Aug 2015

Wiltshire Council has been slammed as “grossly unfair” in its handling of arts funding cuts to Salisbury Arts Centre.

Report offers guidance for London boroughs facing further arts cuts

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30 Jul 2015

Ranging from acting as a critical friend to champion of the arts, a report by London Councils offers specific recommendations on how local authorities can fill the gap left by falling funding.

More collaboration needed to safeguard Welsh music services

10 Jul 2015

With Wales set to revamp its education policy and bring the arts to the heart of its school curriculum, an opportunity exists to safeguard and extend Welsh national music service provision.

Cuts prompt new ways of working in local authorities

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05 Jun 2015

Research into the impact of local government cuts on cultural activity has found sports and libraries face heavier cuts than the arts.

Arts support by London councils falters

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20 Mar 2015

Cuts and restructures have damaged relationships between arts organisations and local authorities, with community organisations and artists finding support harder to come by. 

A commissioner’s views on priorities and opportunities

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19 Mar 2015

Linden Rowley interviews Christian Markandu about the priorities for his commissioning service and the opportunities for arts and cultural organisations of all sizes.

When the cold, hard cash runs out

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02 Feb 2015

Guy Nicholson shares his views on the changing role of local government in supporting London’s arts and culture.

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