AP meets… Ed Vaizey

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23 Jan 2020

In the first of a series of conversations with sector leaders, Editor Amanda Parker sat down for lunch with former arts minister Ed Vaizey.

Head to head: can a toolkit solve the sector’s class problem?

14 Nov 2019

This year Jerwood Arts published a toolkit for cultural organisations, designed to encourage greater socio-economic diversity in the arts. Julie Lomax, Chief Executive of a-n The Artists Information Company, sees it as a starting point for helping solve the sector’s ‘class crisis’ – but arts consultant Chrissie Tiller isn’t so sure.

Three reasons why ACE’s new strategy won’t cut it

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23 Jan 2020

As Arts Council England prepares to publish its next ten-year strategy, thought leaders suggest a radical alternative.

Government offers hope of ‘comprehensive music strategy’

22 Jan 2020

Tax relief for venues and EU touring visas are also on the table, DCMS Minister Nigel Adams confirmed.

Is this the end of DCMS?

16 Jan 2020

The department is refusing to comment on widespread rumours it will be downsized or disbanded in February.

Angry, powerless and invisible: cultural sector migrants speak out

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16 Jan 2020

The sector must be held accountable to those suffering under the ‘hostile environment’ immigration regime. Migrants in Culture is taking on the challenge, explain Alessandra Cianetti and Diana Damian Martin.

Third victory for The Stables in noise dispute with developer

13 Jan 2020

Councillors have supported the venue’s ongoing battle to protect itself against complaints from a planned residential development. But as legal costs mount, Abbey Homes has not ruled out appealing the decision.

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.

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.

EU culture budget at risk: what will it mean for Creative Europe?

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08 Jan 2020

It is feared that cuts proposed by the European Council’s presidency would “seriously affect" the amount of funding available for Creative Europe.

What has the Lottery done for artists?

02 Jan 2020

Artists are the lifeblood of the arts, but their direct funding has steadily declined over the past two decades. A change in approach is now essential, says Susan Jones.

Scottish culture inquiry: put artists at the centre of new funding system

19 Dec 2019

A months-long investigation by MSPs has concluded that “urgent, robust action” is needed to ensure fair pay for artists and a viable future for the country’s cultural sector.

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”.

AP's end of year quiz

13 Dec 2019

Arts numpty? Or sector swot? Test your team's knowledge with ArtsProfessional's light-hearted look at the year's news... 

Crisis or opportunity?

13 Dec 2019

Arts and culture will need to prove their worth to other sectors if they are to survive under a Conservative government.

'The bullies have won’: sector reacts to General Election result

13 Dec 2019

An arts charity has experienced a groundswell of support and sector bodies are doubling down on calls for immigration reform.

When governments support artists…

12 Dec 2019

The project-to-project style of artists’ work makes it difficult for them to claim welfare benefits so the Irish government has taken action to help. It’s a small step forward, says Eoghan Carrick.

Finding faith in voluntary arts

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05 Dec 2019

How do policies and prejudices around religious belief affect the cultural workforce? People of faith tell Martin Cox how they feel about being an artist involved in socially engaged arts.

Scottish Culture Strategy delayed for election

05 Dec 2019

Culture Secretary and staff fear the key policy document will be buried by other news if it is released before the General Election.

Musicians call for protections to limit Brexit damage

03 Dec 2019

A new manifesto says freelance workers have “little protection from exploitation” and warns of a grim future for touring performers.

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