Edinburgh Festivals give £14m a year boost to Scotland’s culture sector

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13 Jul 2018

Two new reports say that the festivals also generate international recognition for Scotland’s arts scene and provide new opportunities for Scottish creatives.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland consults on new 5-year strategy

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11 Jul 2018

Political deadlock has led to the current strategy being extended for a year.

Scotland plans to make culture central to policy-making

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29 Jun 2018

A draft of the first Scottish culture strategy to be produced in a decade reveals plans for a new cultural leadership post within Government and new ways of funding the arts.

Inquiry slams Creative Scotland over management failure

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22 Jun 2018

MSPs are “very concerned” by the national arts funder’s handling of its Regular Funding application process.

Parliamentary inquiries into music and arts put on ice

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01 Jun 2018

The inquiries have been delayed because of an extension to the select committee’s ongoing fake news inquiry.

DCMS calls for more research on diversity and place-making

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23 May 2018

Senior arts researchers have hit back at a report implying knowledge gaps in key policy areas, saying it highlights the Department’s limited awareness of existing research literature and lack of institutional memory.

Doctors move closer to unified plan for arts on prescription

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04 May 2018

27 healthcare providers in the North West have committed to developing a cultural prescription plan for new and expectant mothers to give children the “best start” in life.

UK arts councils launch cultural cities enquiry

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18 Apr 2018

A call out for evidence seeks submissions on how planning, tax and fundraising reform could support arts organisations to become more sustainable.

Government must tackle arts fundraising challenges, AMs say

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29 Mar 2018

Welsh Assembly members have concluded that a fundraising skills deficit is holding back attempts to reduce arts organisations’ reliance on public funding. 

Arts side-lined in Sector Deal for the creative industries

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29 Mar 2018

The £150m Creative Industries Sector Deal supports the development of creative clusters and the roll out of a creative careers programme but prioritises digital businesses over culture.

The art of changing lives

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29 Mar 2018

The success of Hull’s year as City of Culture proves the arts have the power to transform lives. Martin Green says it’s time for policy makers to recognise that they are integral to a healthy, happy society.

Culture strategy for London prioritises access

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27 Mar 2018

London’s Mayor has set out a vision and a roadmap for extending opportunities for local communities to experience cultural activity in the capital.

The soft power of the arts

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15 Mar 2018

Soft power can create a vibrant image of a country and give it a higher status in global networks. But what part does culture play, and how can we measure its contribution, asks Ian Thomas.

New moves to halt decline of arts in primary schools

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09 Mar 2018

Arts education professionals and politicians met this week as a first step to tackling the structural problems causing the arts to be neglected in many schools. 

Is Government preparing to privatise the arts?

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15 Feb 2018

How much longer will the UK government support the arts? Andrew Pinnock fears all signs point to it adopting a much more commercial approach in the future.

Current music education system a ‘disaster’ for post-Brexit UK

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09 Feb 2018

Music and dance leaders have implored a Lords select committee to support the introduction of a special arrangement within the visa system for performers.

Book review: Capital Gains

24 Jan 2018

David Powell reviews Prue Skene’s candid account of her tenure as Chair of Arts Council England’s Lottery panel.

Creative industries risk losing 27,000 jobs in no-deal Brexit

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12 Jan 2018

An impact analysis commissioned by London's mayor shows the country could lose up to £3.3bn in growth by 2030 if no long-term or transitional deal is put in place.

Agent of Change principle moves closer to becoming law

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12 Jan 2018

Campaigners say proposed changes to planning legislation would protect music venues from “unfair and unreasonable” soundproofing costs.

New DCMS ministers voted against rights for EU nationals

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11 Jan 2018

New Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has sought to reassure creative industries workers about his commitment to protecting the rights of EU citizens in the UK.

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