£6m campaign to promote London's cultural sector post-lockdown

08 Apr 2021

Museums and cultural organisations may have to extend their opening hours, the Mayor's office says, amid projections more than 100,000 'face-to-face' jobs will be lost.

£262m awarded for second round of Culture Recovery Fund

Towersey Festival, pictured here in 2018
01 Apr 2021

Some organisations have managed to double dip as more than 1,200 receive support from the emergency arts funding scheme for the first time.

Ventilation – How to breathe life into theatre

Leeds Playhouse
07 Aug 2020

Venue operators should be rightly angry that the Government continues to insist that social distancing is the main route to making their auditoriums safe, says Liz Hill.

Free to speak? Not if you work in the arts

A photo of statues of angels, one with a gag over its mouth
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.

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.

Fears raised over the effectiveness of the model music curriculum

09 Apr 2021

The much delayed document will not be enforced by Ofsted and no extra funding has been committed for teacher training.

Manchester culture worth £292m pre-pandemic

30 Mar 2021

Manchester City Council is urgently refreshing its culture rescue plan as annual analysis shows arts organisations' value to the city - and their immense vulnerability from April.

No insurance scheme while events remain uncertain

26 Mar 2021

DCMS Minister Caroline Dinenage says the much-vaunted measure runs the risk of giving false confidence to festivals: "I just wouldn't be prepared to do that."

DCMS and ACE face inquiry into Culture Recovery Fund following due diligence issues

26 Mar 2021

Arts Council England has investigated 46 suspected cases of fraud and revoked three grants worth a total of £570,000.

Arts remain at 'epicentre of the crisis' a year after lockdown

19 Mar 2021

Freelancers, young people, women and live performance art forms have been disprortionately affected by a year of lockdowns. Extended financial support may not be enough. 

An unacceptable truth

18 Mar 2021

To describe the past year as unprecedented is an understatement. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking anything has really changed, Liz Hill warns.

Nottingham arts win grim victory in council funding U-turn

15 Mar 2021

A campaign to reduce proposed funding cuts has succeeded but organisations will still lose thousands of pounds.

Just over half of emergency arts funding has been distributed

12 Mar 2021

An investigation into the Culture Recovery Fund found £335m of awarded funds were still sitting in DCMS' coffers last month as demand for support exceeds its 'worst case scenario'.

Music education must be 'front and centre' as schools return

11 Mar 2021

The Government faces calls to ensure music education is part of the catch-up curriculum after up to 10% of schools stopped teaching it in 2020.

Creativity is a lifesaver

Rosetta Life Rehearsals for This Is Here, 2019
08 Mar 2021

Lord Alan Howarth reflects on a journey in arts and healthcare that has a promising future.

Budget 2021 receives a warm welcome from arts sector (freelancers excluded)

Rishi Sunak
03 Mar 2021

Another £300m for the Culture Recovery Fund, a wider safety net for the self-employed, and continued VAT and business rates cuts extend financial supports beyond the anticipated reopening dates.

Invest 50p per person in culture for Covid-19 recovery, manifesto urges

01 Mar 2021

Local authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber are being called on to "defend and when possible increase" spending on culture as Leeds City Council announces major cuts. 

'Woke minority' fights back against contested heritage policy

25 Feb 2021

As Oliver Dowden establishes a working group on "retain and explain", arts workers afraid of exclusion, censorship and funding cuts are speaking up.

Let’s move beyond the spin

Hull City Hall illuminated with the word 'Hull'
24 Feb 2021

Hull’s leaders want to build a ‘collective legacy’ for its City of Culture year. Victoria Bissett and Michael Howcroft say their success depends on rebuilding trust amid a culture of anger, secrecy and fear.

What matters is what comes next

Man teaching woman on audio mixer
24 Feb 2021

With new demands being made for skills and training, Jane Ide asks: is this going to help young people into work? 

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