PM calls time on all Covid restrictions

19 Jan 2022

England's Plan B measures "expire" next week, Johnson says. Is this finally a return to normal?

Not British, not welcome

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11 Jan 2022

While we were distracted by news of politicians partying during lockdown, last month a Bill was passed that changes rights to UK citizenship. Amanda Parker examines how it threatens all our creative lives.

Free to speak? Not if you work in the arts

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20 Feb 2020

As ArtsProfessional unveils the explosive findings from its recent Freedom of Expression survey, Liz Hill examines the soul of a sector that believes it is owed artistic freedom but doesn’t tolerate freedom of speech within its own ranks.

Wales loosens restrictions on events

14 Jan 2022

A plan to remove Covid restrictions in Wales has been mapped out by First Minister Mark Drakeford.

Capacity limits on outdoor events in Wales will rise from 50 to 500 tomorrow (January 15) and be removed completely in a week’s time (January 21).

Nightclubs are scheduled to reopen from January 28, to coincide with the removal of social distancing requirements – a wait Theatres Trust Director Jon Morgan called “disappointing”.

Covid passports will still be required for entry into nightclubs, events, cinemas, concert halls and theatres.

The Welsh Government says plans are in line with the latest public health data but depend on continued improvements.

Creu Cymru is pleased to see the roadmap in place, after estimating Welsh theatres lost up to £10m during the latest round of restrictions.

“Alongside the news of a further Culture Recovery Fund, this will go a long way to help a sector hugely affected by restrictions.”

ACE to mandate social class reporting on audiences

13 Jan 2022

The Culture Secretary has asked the Arts Council to collect the data and consider NPOs' "track record" when they apply for funding. 

Audiences lack confidence as cancellations abound

12 Jan 2022

Support for cutting the isolation period down to five days could alleviate pressure on productions but may not be enough to bring audiences back.

Exclusive: £429m Levelling Up funding goes to culture

12 Jan 2022

One quarter of grants are intended for cultural projects, new data finds, as MPs launch an inquiry into cultural placemaking.

PM rejects call to cut isolation period

06 Jan 2022

Businesses and event promoters say the policy is squeezing the supply chain beyond viability.

£8m freelancers' fund to open in Scotland

05 Jan 2022

The cover for cancelled work is part of £65m in support for the arts announced in recent weeks. What's available in the rest of the UK?

Open letter from an NPO

DCMS sign
05 Jan 2022

On 15 December Nadine Dorries wrote to all Arts Council England’s NPOs about measures to increase access to the arts. It was distributed by ACE. An anonymous NPO replies.

Sector awaits post-Christmas guidance after 'inadequate' CRF boost

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22 Dec 2021

The Culture Recovery Fund top-up is branded “bizarrely detached from reality” as the sector awaits details of further Covid measures.

Vaccine passports 'not sustainable' in Wales

17 Dec 2021

A month after implementation, venues say Covid passes have had the opposite effect on audience confidence than the policy intended.

Scotland awaits £31m in emergency arts funding

16 Dec 2021

The country is yet to receive most of its Culture Recovery Fund allocation from May, the Culture Minister has claimed, as restrictions tighten.

Sector split on Plan B mandates

09 Dec 2021

Concert arenas and nightclubs will be most affected as theatres prepare for a drop in ticket sales.

Australia and the arts during Covid

Lamb, Frankston Arts Centre, February 2021
07 Dec 2021

Most reports of the plight of the arts during the pandemic have focused on economic analysis. Julian Meyrick asks what the arts might teach economics.

MPs vote down streaming bill

06 Dec 2021

A bill to reform musicians' rights to payment from streaming failed to progress in the House of Commons on Friday (3 December).

59 MPs voted against a second reading, with 28 voting in favour.

All 59 dissenting MPs were Conservatives despite 44 Tory MPs signing an open letter in October that asked Boris Johnson to “start paying musicians properly”.

Minister for Science, Research and Innovation George Freeman said the Government supports the DCMS Select Committee's recommendations and will work to ensure a "fair and vibrant digital creative inudstries and music sector".

Music Managers Forum Chief Executive Annabella Coldrick and Featured Artists Coalition CEO David Martin said even though the bill fell at the first hurdle, the trajectory towards eradicating "outdated industry practices" feels "unstoppable".

"The Government has delivered a very clear message to major labels, publishers and collecting societies: if you don't deliver change, then legislation cannot be ruled out."

BPI CEO Geoff Taylor said that although well-intentioned, the bill was not the right way forward for british music.

“We have listened to the arguments made across the debate and will engage positively and proactively with the process government has put in place to look for joint solutions to ensure the streaming market continues to grow and sustain the careers of many more artists.”

Half of creative Kickstart roles filled

02 Dec 2021

The flagship scheme to address youth unemployment has been hamstrung by red tape and low demand, but is still "really positive for our sector".

Scientists say 'hierarchy of controls' needed for events

02 Dec 2021

As the Omicron variant reaches the UK, findings from the Government's test events scheme say masks and anti-crowding measures are necessary.

Going public

a group of people take part in a light installation
25 Nov 2021

Jonothan Neelands puts the case for a needs-based public culture, akin to Public Health or Public Education, to tackle inequality.

Scotland adds negative tests to passport scheme

24 Nov 2021

Unvaccinated people will be able to attend venues in Scotland after negative test results were added to its certification scheme.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday (November 23) that the system for nightclubs and large unseated cultural events will not be extended to theatres, cinemas and hospitality venues to the relief of industry organisations.

From December 6, people can provide a negative lateral flow test result to enter venues.

"The new rule will also, we hope, encourage the greater use of regular lateral flow testing and it will still meet our aim of reducing the risk of transmission, within higher risk venues," Sturgeon said.

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