Five years left for rural arts?

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05 Sep 2019

England’s rural arts leaders have serious concerns about the future of their organisations and are calling for more support – whether through Arts Council funding, partnerships with city-based venues or organisational development schemes.

Introducing ACE’s new investment principles

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05 Sep 2019

It’s not unreasonable to expect organisations funded by the public to be relevant to their communities and stakeholders, argues Simon Mellor.

£10m ‘Hat District’ takes shape in Luton

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02 Sep 2019

The revamped Hat Factory Arts Centre will form part of a ‘creative cluster’ that aims to create jobs and attract 100,000 new visitors to the town.

ACE awards £7m to develop arts leadership

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30 Aug 2019

The 18 successful bids include projects working with potential leaders from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and those with learning disabilities.

How we doubled attendance at the UK’s most northerly arts centre

29 Aug 2019

By working in partnership and refusing to patronise audiences, Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness has attracted record numbers, says Charlotte Mountford.

Decline in creative GCSEs continues

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28 Aug 2019

The number of students taking Art and Design has increased, but campaigners said it is “not enough to correct several years of long-term decline in uptake”.

Investment in the arts is no soft option

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23 Aug 2019

With a budget fast approaching, Arts Council England’s Chief Executive Darren Henley calls on the new Government to back up its warm words for the arts with financial support.

Cultural Education Partnerships’ development stalls

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22 Aug 2019

Four years after the scheme was launched, only a third of partnerships believe they are established and delivering.

Why the arts need more partnerships with business

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20 Aug 2019

The cultural sector needs to follow Samuel Beckett’s words and “fail again…fail better”, argues Arts Council England’s Simon Mellor.

ACE ‘may have to revise’ NPO funding agreements from 2020

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16 Aug 2019

The Arts Council has warned that if its grant-in-aid from DCMS is cut in the forthcoming spending review, it may not be able to afford its existing funding commitments.

Tax relief for arts and culture grows by one fifth

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16 Aug 2019

More money was refunded to both large and small organisations last year – but freelancers are missing out. 

Fundraising Regulator: voluntary levy is ‘not optional’

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14 Aug 2019

The authority says charities that don’t pay “need to reflect on the fact that they are not contributing to the costs of fundraising regulation”.

What will Brexit mean for European arts partnerships?

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09 Aug 2019

The prospect of leaving the EU inevitably creates uncertainties – but a silver lining is a greater understanding of the value of international collaboration, says Christoph Jankowski.

Who gets ACE funding? Diversity data reveals surprising trends

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08 Aug 2019

BME-led organisations were 60% more likely to fall at the first hurdle of Project Grants applications – while LGBT-led groups were 25% more likely to secure grants.

‘A national shortage of artists’: Immigration rules for creatives relaxed

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06 Aug 2019

It is set to become easier for UK organisations to recruit dancers, choreographers, musicians and artists from outside Europe – but what happens after the 31 October Brexit deadline remains unclear.

The power of collaborative communities

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05 Aug 2019

To unlock the full value of culture, Arts Council England needs to support villages, towns and cities across the country to work together more closely, says the funder's Deputy Chief Executive Simon Mellor.

Boris Johnson and Munira Mirza: dream team or death knell for the arts?

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30 Jul 2019

Boris Johnson's Government has announced £2.1bn more to support planning for a no-deal Brexit - but what will its attitude towards the arts be? We consider how the former London mayoral team might approach cultural policy.

London receives a third of all ACE funding

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26 Jul 2019

The capital continues to dominate Arts Council funding allocation, but distribution of the agency’s National Lottery Project Grants is in line with a target of 75% of Lottery revenue for regional areas.

Nicky Morgan is Culture Secretary. What does that mean for the arts?

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25 Jul 2019

The former Education Secretary has previously expressed support for the EBacc and once claimed that studying the arts is not “useful” for many careers.

What do you want to ask ACE about the new 10 year strategy?

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25 Jul 2019

The Arts Council admits it should do more to promote everyday creativity, after a record of  “not always full throated” support.

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