Unease grows over Recovery Fund grant allocations

Glitterballs
16 Oct 2020

Large grants to commercial operators, the comments of unsuccessful applicants and the conditions attached to funding awards have all provoked questions about England’s Cultural Recovery grants.

DCMS Committee to investigate streaming

A man singing into a microphone in a studio
15 Oct 2020

A new DCMS Committee Inquiry is set to "shine a torch into the murky corners of the streaming payment model".

Hundreds of arts organisations rejected for emergency funding

13 Oct 2020

Nearly 1400 arts organisations “woke up to good news” as £257m of Culture Recovery Fund awards were announced, but those who missed out stand a slim chance of survival. 

Survival of the fittest? Recovery forecast assumes a third of arts businesses will fail 

09 Oct 2020

ACE has welcomed projections that the sector will recover to pre-Covid levels by 2022. The “bounce back” relies on only the most economically productive organisations surviving.

Arm's-length policy at risk in 'contested heritage' debate

08 Oct 2020

The Government's edicts over controversial statues and other heritage assets are complicating the job of cultural organisations and councils responsible for managing them.

Welsh freelancers' fund closed in an hour

08 Oct 2020

High demand for the first come, first served fund forced its early closure, to the panic of those who missed out.

Resilience: the responsibility of the system, not the people

Emma Janye Park leaning on a window
06 Oct 2020

An ongoing and unspoken sense of crisis has driven those working in the performing arts to accept an intolerable range of behaviours as the norm. Emma Jayne Park questions the underlying structures supporting a system that requires endless resilience simply to survive.

Arts improve wellbeing, social cohesion and child development: report

01 Oct 2020

A DCMS-commissioned study cites strong evidence that "can be trusted to guide policy" on arts interventions in some areas of health and wellbeing - but not others. 

No growth in arts engagement over 15 years

30 Sep 2020

The proportion of adults taking part in the arts is the same as it was in 2005. ACE says there is still progress to be found in the figures.

£29m emergency funding for Northern Irish arts

29 Sep 2020

Emergency funding has finally been approved. Will it reach the sector in time to ensure its survival?

Job Support Scheme 'completely inadequate' for the arts

25 Sep 2020

Many organisations won't be able to afford the replacement for the furlough system, which only gives employers a small discount on salaries and forbids redundancies.

MPs to DCMS: 'Give the sector a six-month plan'

24 Sep 2020

DCMS Committee Chair says the postponement of a full reopening of the sector presents an opportunity to do it right.

Brexit: Is the Internal Market Bill a 'soft power grab'?

18 Sep 2020

Campaigners warn that devolved nations' cultural policy is at risk amid rumours Creative Europe will be transferred to the Foreign Office.

Northern Irish arts at 'brink of devastation'

17 Sep 2020

Organisations are pleading with politicians to urgently release £33m funding that was allocated months ago.

Risk versus reward

11 Sep 2020

England’s arts organisations will be asked to make decisions that affect more than people’s livelihoods.

Scottish recovery fund 'aims to protect jobs'

11 Sep 2020

Arts organisations facing insolvency or redundancies can apply for up to £150,000 as Scotland delays the return of live events.

SAGE modelling illustrates risk of non-distanced shows

10 Sep 2020

A single infectious performer could cause a deadly outbreak, SAGE says, as the Culture Secretary hints at full capacity events before Christmas.

The battle lines are drawn

We Can Do Better Protest Sign Cardboard
09 Sep 2020

Power has always resided in the hands of the few and in this moment of crisis it is time to fundamentally change the rules of the game to achieve cultural democracy, says Kully Thiarai.

How global issues are driving a new cultural agenda

Will Covid-19 prompt the demise of the big city?
03 Sep 2020

Maintaining an international perspective and collaborating with global partners will be key to rebuilding the UK’s cultural sector and securing the post-pandemic future, say Ben Walmsley and Franco Bianchini.

Singing softly could cut Covid risk

28 Aug 2020

DCMS and the University of Bristol publicised the research findings as proof that 'singing is no riskier than speaking'. That's not quite what the study says.

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