EXCLUSIVE: Facts behind National Funding Scheme exposed

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10 Jul 2015

The national online giving platform, which charges among the highest fees of all suppliers, has been propped up by a £125k grant that breaks through the official ceiling on grants from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.

Are intervals necessary?

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02 Jul 2015

Are theatre intervals a helpful pause or an annoying inconvenience? Rachel Beaumont puts the question to Royal Opera House audiences.

Big exposure

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18 Jun 2015

A YouTube network dedicated to the arts, in receipt of significant government funding and aiming to attract not millions but billions of views, just had to be investigated. Christy Romer spoke to Simon Walker of Canvas.

UK leads the way in Creative Europe application success

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29 May 2015

LIFT and ENO are among the 48 UK organisations benefitting from European Union grant money

Cohesion or conflict

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19 Feb 2015

Frances Williams says it’s time to drop the false optimism surrounding arts projects in areas of social deprivation and take a more critical view. 

Creative industries to gain a National College

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11 Dec 2014

The new College is one of seven employer-led, Government-backed initiatives aiming to plug skills gaps in sectors considered critical to economic growth.

Our arts leaders can’t afford to forget politics

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03 Dec 2014

If ethical questions lead us to pick and choose what is right and wrong from an artistic perspective, or to judge the credentials of our corporate funders, where do we stop? Michelle Wright calls for more debate about the moral high-ground of art, in the context of what arts organisations need to do to survive and thrive.

A serious slice of cake

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17 Sep 2014

Applying for Creative Europe funding for a Cooperation Project requires real commitment and many hours devoted to completing the application form, warns Lorraine von Gehlen.

From spectator to spectraitor

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04 Sep 2014

Lauren Holden explains Spectraitors, her idea for a DISloyalty app which encourages regular arts-goers to be disloyal to their favourite arts organisation.

Opera and ballet review exposes venue/company friction

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04 Jul 2014

The failure to share data is hindering audience development and must be addressed as a condition of funding, says ACE.

Let’s talk about rest

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16 Jun 2014

Artists and scientists are to explore the subject of rest in a residency at The Hub at Wellcome Collection. James Wilkes explains the role of the arts in the investigation.

Cinema screenings fail to create a new audience for opera

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30 May 2014

Live broadcasts are attracting a dedicated older audience who value affordability and accessibility, a new survey has found.

Lottery funding landscape laid bare

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25 Apr 2014

The distribution of Lottery funding for the arts is a closed system, operating for the benefit of a small number of arts organisations but to the detriment of wider society and the economy, according to a new report by the authors who recently revealed England’s regional arts funding imbalance.

It’s England, Jim, but not as you know it

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13 Mar 2014

Liz Hill concludes that Arts Council England’s ‘This England’ report is based on a carefully constructed analysis designed to disguise a London-centric funding strategy and preserve the status quo.

First among equals?

20 Feb 2014

In an era of cuts, what choices would you make? Three arts professionals make the case for their priorities.

Live streaming explored

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10 Feb 2014

Live streaming offers exciting opportunities for both small and large arts organisations in many different ways, believes Andre Portasio.

‘ENO Screen’ follows the digital trend

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12 Dec 2013

The latest cinema initiative will see English National Opera’s productions broadcast live.

European cooperation

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21 Nov 2013

Christoph Jankowski introduces Creative Europe, the new EU funding progamme for the cultural and creative sectors.

Lottery Wars take a new turn

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04 Oct 2013

A new threat to arts funding is emerging as the Health Lottery partners with the betting industry in its battle to take a bigger slice of the market.

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