After the crisis – a new model for the arts?

A photo from the production of Warhorse
15 Apr 2020

Subsidy doesn’t shield or separate arts activities from the economic system; it enables them to be part of it, says Stephen Hetherington. Wringing more value out of creative assets could deliver new sources of finance.

The Other Side – what should it look like and how can we get there?

Photo of the sun rising through a forest
15 Apr 2020

As governments start to draw up plans for supporting the post-virus cultural sector, the voices of those working in it are the most important. Liz Hill introduces a new series of articles. 

Crises can bring out our best selves: let’s not waste yet another one

A photo of people dancing on a dancefloor
15 Apr 2020

Post-Covid, the twin pillars of cultural policy should be social justice and environmental concern – but collectively we have been failing on both counts. Can this pandemic finally spur us on to make a better world, asks John Holden.

Cultural Industries brief for former Shadow Culture Secretary Tracy Brabin

Tracy Brabin image
10 Apr 2020

The Labour MP’s recent report on the role of culture confronted “the perception, and the reality” that arts, culture and creativity are middle class pastimes with too great a focus on London and the South East.

Committee invites evidence to support a review of Covid-19 emergency measures

09 Apr 2020

Urgent letters to the Chancellor of the Exchequer are already highlighting the plight of arts workers and businesses falling through the financial safety nets in place for employed and self-employed workers.

Falling between the cracks

String section of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra
08 Apr 2020

The financial fallout from the cancellation and postponement of hundreds of orchestral performances is taking a heavy toll on both orchestras and musicians. Mark Pemberton explains the issues – and what the ABO is doing about them.

Covid-19: Funders reveal plans for the survival of the sector

02 Apr 2020

£11m for Scotland, £7m for Wales and £1m for Northern Ireland as their arts councils announce plans to support organisations and creative workers.

Museums' infrastructure is crumbling – literally

30 Mar 2020

As cultural venues sit empty, a national audit finds the UK's museums in dire condition.

Covid-19: Disability top of mind for DCMS

30 Mar 2020

Disabled artists say their safety, security and insight into limited lifestyles are crucial during this crisis. 

Victory: sector celebrates pay protection for self-employed

27 Mar 2020

As stopgap measures grow in number, some arts workers will still fall through the cracks.

£160m emergency response package for the arts

24 Mar 2020

Arts Council England has drawn on reserves and Lottery grants to save the sector from an "unsustainable loss of revenues".

Mounting pressure to protect freelancers' income

23 Mar 2020

Surveys say 70% fear they can't pay the bills, 60% expect their income to halve and 50% have lost all their scheduled work.

'Don't wash your hands of us': Creative sector demands more support

20 Mar 2020

Arts workers, unions and membership organisations react to UK-wide closures and the “unmanageable risks” presented by the lack of an enforced directive. 

£330bn Covid-19 package 'not enough help to freelancers'

18 Mar 2020

Plans are in place for Government-backed loans, but sector leaders say they fail to support the freelance arts workforce.

Covid-19: Funders pledge flexibility to save the sector

18 Mar 2020

Grant funding will be ‘refocussed’ as freelancers rally to support each other – but there may not be enough cash to go around. 

The show must go on? Increasing cancellations due to Covid-19

13 Mar 2020

Sector bodies have thanked audiences for continuing to attend shows as a growing number of performances, tours and events are cancelled and postponed.

Are we witnessing the end of the audience?

12 Mar 2020

Where ACE once sought to democratise high culture, it now emphasises subjective creativity. Has this made the idea of an ‘audience’ irrelevant, asks Steven Hadley.

Budget 2020: What’s in it for the arts?

11 Mar 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed business rate cuts for small music venues and millions more pounds for arts education. But some say it’s not enough.

ACE warned of ‘structural problems’ with strategy

11 Mar 2020

Advocates hope the funder’s upcoming delivery plan will address concerns its strategy does not support communities’ involvement in decision making.

Covid-19: Freelancers need our support

11 Mar 2020

Amid the hand wringing and the hand washing, let’s not forget the workforce, says Amanda Parker.

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