Edinburgh council prepares to overhaul arts funding

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22 Oct 2015

More partnership working is key for the future of local authority arts funding in Edinburgh, but delays and a budget deficit are hindering progress.

Local investment for local engagement

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20 Oct 2015

Want society to reap the health benefits of arts engagement? Stop directing so much funding to major organisations – these outcomes will only ever be a secondary objective for them, argues Peter Stark.

Researchers quantify the intrinsic value of culture

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16 Oct 2015

Economic valuation techniques could be key to proving the value of the arts and unlocking more funding, researchers suggest. 

The right man for the job

Darren Henley
01 Oct 2015

Arts Council England Chief Executive Darren Henley talks to Liz Hill about arts funding, placemaking, education… and transparency.

Deeper commitment to festivals and events in Scotland

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18 Sep 2015

A new tourism-based strategy aims to grow Scotland’s domestic and international reputation by investing in the development of the events industry.

Social capital in practice

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10 Sep 2015

Has East Sussex County Council achieved the unachievable? Sally Staples reveals how, through a social capital study of De La Warr Pavilion, it unearthed a way to describe the intangible value culture.

Going it alone

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10 Sep 2015

Dorset's local authority arts service has just made the complex transition to a public service mutual. Lindsay Harrod shares the issues they faced and the benefits they are now reaping.

White Paper to set agenda for future of the arts

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04 Sep 2015

A series of open, online discussions will soon allow the public to feed into the new White Paper which will be published in late 2015 or early 2016.

Gift Aid: speak now or forever...

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24 Aug 2015

Unless arts organisations make their voices heard in the Government's Gift Aid consultation, the sector could shortly be facing a whole new set of challenges, says Philip Spedding.

Loans could ease pressure at touring companies

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13 Aug 2015

The UK’s arts councils are being urged to seek permission to use government funds to provide short-term loans.

ACE income buoyed by record Lottery sales

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07 Aug 2015

Lottery revenues more than compensated for a fall in Arts Council England’s grant in aid last year, with record ticket sales and a one-off windfall seeing total income grow by almost 6%.

Government prepares for Gift Aid reform

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07 Aug 2015

Describing the current Gift Aid scheme as “no longer fit for purpose,” the Treasury is calling for evidence of the problems presented by rules that limit benefits to donors. 

Policies for the people

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16 Jul 2015

What would our public services look like if we used wellbeing evidence to inform policy-making? There would surely be more room for arts and culture, says Jessica Harris.

From words into action

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18 Jun 2015

The Warwick Commission report may have sparked a useful debate, but how can its recommendations be acted upon locally, asks Chris Bilton.

Edinburgh Promise reflects desire for collective action

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13 May 2015

Cultural organisations and arts practitioners are calling on public and private sector funders and service providers to take action to support a series of ambitions for the city.

Highly desirable or undesirable?

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09 Apr 2015

Dany Louise looks into the reasons why many cities welcome biennials of art events while others are less receptive.

Report tells Labour “commit to the creative industries”

03 Apr 2015

A Labour-commissioned report argues for devolution of funding and strategy decisions away from Whitehall and for ring-fenced grant-in-aid budgets, claiming it is  “…imperative for the creative industries to be treated as a priority across government.”

Creative learning in Wales

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05 Mar 2015

Nick Capaldi explains the new partnership between the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales which puts arts and creativity at the heart of the school curriculum.


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