I shouldn’t have been ‘cancelled’ for my vulgar jokes

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20 Feb 2020

Yes, my crude social media posts may have caused offence – but we can't only allow speech we find agreeable, says Manick Govinda.

Institutions must show leadership on freedom of expression

20 Feb 2020

It’s often easier to steer clear of challenging issues – but we will all lose out if we censor material we find difficult, argues Julia Farrington.

When the best response is an angry one

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30 Jan 2020

We should pay attention to what makes people angry - it points the way to growth and real change, says Hayley Williams-Hindle.

The benefits of a regular mental workout

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30 Jan 2020

Reflecting inwardly on our values, motivations and mistakes is hard - but make the effort and you'll be rewarded with greater self-belief and genuine agency, writes Auriel Majumdar.

‘It’s career suicide’: arts sector muzzled over Brexit

17 Jan 2020

ArtsProfessional’s Freedom of Expression survey reveals widespread fears of being labelled pro-Brexit and evidence of Brexit views affecting artistic and funding decisions.

Warning over misuse of creative apprenticeships

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10 Jan 2020

Using apprenticeships to take on graduates employers would hire anyway is putting diversity at risk, an expert has cautioned.

‘We are the wind’: discover the real factors behind change

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09 Jan 2020

When leaders make personal change, organisational changes inevitably follow, says Richard Watts.

Quotas alone won't achieve gender equality

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09 Jan 2020

Setting targets helps, but wider strategies are needed to dispel the sense of novelty value that still surrounds female musicians. We need to normalise their presence on stage and behind the scenes, writes Kate Lowes.

Arts professionals recognised in New Year honours

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02 Jan 2020

The former Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet and former Managing Director of Edinburgh International Festival are among those who received awards.

Caring for the carers

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02 Jan 2020

Providing opportunities for creativity shouldn’t be at the expense of the person delivering them. It’s time to pay attention to the needs of creative practitioners, says Nicola Naismith.

ACE treads carefully with ‘intrusive’ new social class metric

17 Dec 2019

Arts Council England will begin collecting data on the socio-economic background of its NPO workforce next year, but will need to overcome perceptions that doing so is “alien, intimate and intrusive”.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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”.

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