'Together we can share the load': How freelancers and arts organisations can work together

12 Dec 2019

Freelancers have a lot to offer arts organisations – and a lot to learn from them too. Carla Kingham considers what is needed for this relationship to work.

Review launched at Royal Academy of Music following sexual harassment complaints

05 Dec 2019

An expert on sexual misconduct in higher education says the conservatoire’s senior staff must “take the lead in challenging behaviours and attitudes among their colleagues” to transform their culture – and the culture of classical music.

Job Ladder – Moya Maxwell

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30 May 2019

Moya Maxwell looks back on a career that has taken her from managing live events to running Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.

Classical music must face up to abuse

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06 Dec 2019

Harassment will continue until institutions are willing to take difficult decisions, says Jonathan Knott.

Libraries threatened by incorporation into leisure facilities

06 Dec 2019

As library workers in Bromley enter their sixth consecutive month of strike action, their union has taken aim at the company it claims will catalyse the erosion of services across the UK.

How can heritage respond to a changing world?

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05 Dec 2019

Climate change, activism, funding constraints, policy priorities… How can museums and heritage organisations adjust their presentation, programming, collections and business models in response to the challenging world around them? Being adaptable is the only way forward, says Tom Freshwater.

A truly national theatre? Exploring new ways to collaborate

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05 Dec 2019

National Theatre partnerships with theatres around the country are creating an opportunity for them to share and compare experiences and ideas across a mix of scales, locations and financial models. Lisa Burger explains what’s going on.

Diversity and inclusion: why are we still talking about it?

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28 Nov 2019

A reluctance to self-reflect and a tendency to recruit in our own image are at the root of the sector’s failure to employ a workforce that reflects the wider working population, says Sara Whybrew.

Second senior Southbank creative lead departs

Tamsin Ace
08 Nov 2019

Head of Programming Tamsin Ace will leave the venue in December, as will Creative Director Madani Younis. Southbank has not confirmed whether it will replace Ace's role.

Music management ‘increasingly unsustainable’, report says

08 Nov 2019

New research suggests the expanding role of music managers and an outdated earnings model means “we run the risk of losing many of these talented professionals altogether”.

Supporting artists, not productions

07 Nov 2019

Helping artists make new work is important, but building longer and deeper relationships with them brings greater rewards for all, says Claire Symonds.

NPO boss resigns after council orders booking of controversial comedian

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05 Nov 2019

Middlesbrough’s Mayor allegedly demanded the Town Hall book Roy Chubby Brown against concerns the show will be offensive and unpopular.

Olympic Park cultural quarter already £14m over budget

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01 Nov 2019

Auditors warned that urgent action was needed to avert overspending and delays to the project before planning permission for four key buildings was granted in June. LLDC says it is still in the process of addressing these concerns.

Exit interview: Things I’ve learned about the cultural sector

31 Oct 2019

As she steps down as Editor of the cultural policy journal Cultural Trends, Sara Selwood takes a long hard look at the way the sector has developed – and tells it like it is.

Research to investigate censorship in the arts

29 Oct 2019

An ArtsProfessional survey will examine whether fear of “biting the hand that feeds” is affecting freedom of expression within the arts and cultural sector.

Is diverse leadership really welcome in the arts?

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25 Oct 2019

Madani Younis' exit from Southbank Centre exposes uncomfortable truths about the arts sector's attitude to workforce diversity, says Amanda Parker.

York is UK’s most culturally vibrant city, finds EU research

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25 Oct 2019

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh were ranked higher than London on a cultural and creative index compiled by the European Commission.

Younis leaves Southbank Centre after less than a year

Madani Younis
25 Oct 2019

The venue’s Creative Director has been outspoken on diversity in the sector, warning of the risk of “cultural apartheid”.

Smaller museums ‘reticent’ about tax relief scheme

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24 Oct 2019

About half of institutions surveyed in Yorkshire and Humber were not claiming or planning to make a claim through the Government initiative.

Multiply leadership, not leaders

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24 Oct 2019

Patriarchal models of arts leadership belong in the 19th century, says Mark Robinson – we need to develop more distributed, non-linear ways of working.

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