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Former Culture and Digital Minister Matt Hancock’s remit is slimmed to Digital, as arts and culture joins heritage and tourism under the remit of first-time Minister John Glen.
An actor on BBC drama Bread, a jazz saxophonist and the consultant behind the ‘GREAT’ Britain campaign are among the 63 newly elected MPs.
The need for clarity has emerged as a key priority for arts organisations following the confirmation that no political party has won majority control of the House of Commons.
Following the publication of its general election manifesto, the party was contacted by journalists questioning the lack of any reference to the arts or creative industries.
Manifesto pledges would see the party deliver on earlier proposals for 90% of pupils to study the EBacc, and establish a new curriculum fund to develop “knowledge-rich” classroom resources.
Removing barriers that prevent pupils from studying the arts in schools is one of a limited range of pledges to support cultural activity.
Labour’s draft manifesto outlines plans to put creativity at the heart of education and make a £1bn investment in ‘creative clusters’, but offers no increases in direct funding for the arts.
A House of Lords inquiry raises concerns that young people from diverse backgrounds are being discouraged from entering careers in theatre, putting the sector’s future cultural and economic success at risk.
Election candidates are being asked to recognise and campaign to mitigate the strains facing the dance sector.
In a new blueprint for economic growth, the Creative Industries Federation is calling for the enterprise zone programme to be extended to the creative industries.
Measures for improving governance, social investment and services commissioning by public bodies have been put forward in a report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities.
New Government requirements will see organisations that employ more than 250 people, on either a permanent or contractual basis, disclose their gender pay gaps online.
A survey of teachers has found that school funding cuts are having a disproportional impact on the arts and other subjects that fall outside of the English Baccalaureate.
Matt Hancock MP told a Lords inquiry that saying the arts are being sidelined risks encouraging schools to drop creative subjects.
During a period when the number of entries for arts GCSEs rose by 2%, entries for non-arts GCSEs rose by 15.7%.
The university-led project will record details of venues, musicians and audiences in six cities, to gain a better understanding of the pressures facing music businesses and venues.
A new report is calling on public bodies to use their powers to support and protect cultural hubs, music venues and nightclubs.
Several new national hubs, including theatre-making studios, a centre for experiential arts and large-scale artwork foundry, could be built along the Thames Estuary.
UK cities must be granted freedoms to attract inward investment and build the country’s reputation as a creative powerhouse, or risk being left behind, argues Councillor Phil Bale.
Negotiations with the EU will need to consider the status of freelance workers as well as employed staff, the Creative Industries Federation has warned.