Heritage key to creative industries’ success, report claims

24 Sep 2019

The Heritage Alliance is calling for greater recognition and funding to support the historic places and objects that underpin creative and cultural activities, challenging the stereotype of heritage as “a decorative incidental backdrop to contemporary creative work”.

Scotland consults on tourist tax

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19 Sep 2019

There are calls for the government to consider exempting all Scottish residents from the proposed levy, which would be collected by accommodation providers.

British Council urged to clarify its use of UK culture

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16 Sep 2019

A report says the organisation is confusing the distinct aims of attracting investment and developing broader influence.

Your questions answered on ACE's new strategy

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16 Sep 2019

Arts Council England’s policy leads respond to questions on its plans for the next ten years.

New diversity targets: ACE’s policy leads share their thinking on draft strategy

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13 Sep 2019

Arts Council England responds to questions from ArtsProfessional and the sector exploring its plans for the next 10 years.

Helen Whately appointed Arts Minister

13 Sep 2019

The former Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Education Minister recently came under fire for supporting education policy that would “destroy genuine creativity”.

Labour could bring in tourist tax, says Tom Watson

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12 Sep 2019

The Shadow Culture Secretary said “a crude skills and salary approach to migration simply won’t work for the creative economy”.

The ‘end of austerity’? ACE unlikely to benefit from DCMS funding boost

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05 Sep 2019

DCMS has received £100m extra annual funding in the spending review, but Arts Council England has not ruled out revising funding agreements for its National Portfolio Organisations.

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”.

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