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.

ArtsProfessional meets… Robert Lepage

05 Mar 2020

What happens when an internationally acclaimed theatre producer is accused of cultural insensitivity? He puts on another production – about another nation’s culture, writes Amanda Parker.

'Overambitious' about placemaking? We've only just started...

05 Mar 2020

The Great Place Scheme demonstrates how projects flourish when official bodies allow them freedom from pre-determined outcomes, says Jill Cole.

Five ways music education policy must change

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05 Mar 2020

It’s time to turn up the volume on the needs and interests of young people, says Carol Reid.

UK Government opts out of Creative Europe

02 Mar 2020

The UK will not seek to stay in the programme next year or commit to funding any alternatives to the chagrin of the Scottish Government.

National Plan for Music Education: ‘A once in a decade opportunity’

02 Mar 2020

Will the Government’s new plan satisfy the sector and solve the shortcomings of music education?

‘Diversity deadline’ won’t affect future NPO funding

28 Feb 2020

Despite ACE threats of sanctions, most NPOs are ruled to have ‘met’ diversity targets – with only 11 facing exclusion from future funding rounds.

Scotland’s new Culture Strategy: ‘Culture must be valued in itself’

28 Feb 2020

The long-awaited document aims to create a more diverse cultural sector but contains no new measures to improve artists’ pay.

ArtsProfessional meets… Nicholas Serota

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27 Feb 2020

Lottery funding, low pay, and that boat…Amanda Parker meets the Arts Council England Chair and architect of the UK’s engagement with art.

It’s true: courage is contagious

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27 Feb 2020

We need to find ways to support – and hear – honest, respectful difference of opinion. That’s why we’re launching We Hear You, says Amanda Parker.

Wales’ new arts portfolio: expect unpopular decisions

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27 Feb 2020

Not everyone can be a winner in Arts Council of Wales’ drive to share the benefits of culture more widely, says Nick Capaldi.

‘Art’ or ‘culture’? Let’s scrap both

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27 Feb 2020

After centuries of trying to define the arts and culture, we remain deeply confused about what they are and their benefits, says Liam Dee.

Sector fights ‘impossible’ new visa rules for EU nationals

26 Feb 2020

Shocked musicians fear European countries will respond in kind to stricter visa and immigration requirements for touring artists.

Institutions must show leadership on freedom of expression

20 Feb 2020

It’s often easier to steer clear of challenging issues – but we will all lose out if we censor material we find difficult, argues Julia Farrington.

‘No strategy or infrastructure’ for Welsh music

11 Feb 2020

There is a bigger audience for Welsh music than ever before, but a lack of long-term thinking means there aren’t venues, promoters and services to support artists.

‘Dire circumstances’ for arts funding

07 Feb 2020

DCMS is being told to revise its budget and local authorities plan to cut back on arts and culture services.

Culture fuels the Northern Powerhouse, so let’s hear it from Northern writers

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06 Feb 2020

The North leads the way in using culture to connect people with their past, present, and future. So why does publishing remain so London-centric, asks Katy Shaw.

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