New Year Honours salute arts workers

Sharon Watson
07 Jan 2021

Slung Low’s Alan Lane, disability champion Andrew Miller and Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Moira Sinclair are among those receiving awards for their service.

Talk if you want to thrive

06 Jan 2021

In a time of great uncertainty, understanding audience attitudes and behaviours make the future a little more predictable, writes Maurane Ramon.

Culture adds £34.6bn to UK economy

15 Dec 2020

New economic estimates show the sector is worth twice as much as sport in a good year.

Culture-led funding or funding-led culture?

Silhouette of two people watching a live performance
02 Dec 2020

There is a crucial disconnect between how the sector evaluates the impact of culture and using it to influence policy. It’s time to reset the wheel, say Ben Walmsley and Emma McDowell.

Beyond core audiences: culture’s currency lies in staying current

face masks drying on a washing line
25 Nov 2020

In a constantly changing landscape, the ability to understand and respond to audiences’ changing preferences and behaviours is vital. Anne Torreggiani shares findings from the first wave of The Audience Agency’s COVID-19 Monitor.

'No evidence' of Covid transmission in well-ventilated, socially distanced spaces

24 Nov 2020

The Government has permitted venues to open with up to 50% capacity from early December. What does the science say?

New National Centre to promote knowledge sharing between arts and higher education

11 Nov 2020

Research England will bankroll the partnership between four regional universities and The Culture Capital Exchange following a successful pilot project.

Why the feel-good narratives must end

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05 Nov 2020

The tendency to overstate impacts through uncritical narratives of success risks undermining the credibility of arguments about why state subsidies for art and culture are necessary, say Leila Jancovich and David Stevenson.

Culture on referral: tackling the elephants in the room

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05 Nov 2020

Would we still see the same benefits to wellbeing if we took art and culture out of ‘culture on referral’ programmes and sat people in a room together? Dr Robyn Dowlen uncovers gaps in the evidence base. 

Black, Asian and ethnic minority representation in music industry at a record high

29 Oct 2020

UK Music launches a plan to keep up the momentum, as research shows the gains are concentrated in entry level positions rather than middle or senior management.

News Comment: Sharp actions, at pace, with respect

29 Oct 2020

UK Music has published its industry-wide ten-point plan for a diverse music ecosystem. But it’s actions, not words, that will bring about lasting change, says Ammo Talwar

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.

Taking up the evaluation challenge

06 Oct 2020

Practitioners have seen with their own eyes how arts and health interventions can make a real difference to young people’s mental health – but can they prove it to those holding the purse strings? Katherine Taylor explains how a new evaluation framework is promising to help them do just that.

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. 

Are the arts overclaiming on wellbeing?

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15 Sep 2020

When Professor Stephen Clift published a critique of an academic review of the impact of the arts on health outcomes, he was accused of not being ‘collegiate’ or constructive. Has the field of arts and health become too self-congratulatory?

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.

Instrument studies find low risk of Covid transmission

13 Aug 2020

One study found fewer aerosol particles "were produced when playing than when breathing alone".

Reluctance to ‘make the ask’ holds back fundraising success, report finds

07 Aug 2020

Without financial support, small organisations will make little progress in diversifying their income streams as they lack the resources to develop fundraising strategies.

What happened to STEAM? The push to re-brand arts subjects as SHAPE

13 Jul 2020

Academics behind the campaign say a new label will “unite and celebrate” these subjects and their role in rebuilding a post-Covid economy.

Outdoor performances given green light for July 11

10 Jul 2020

Indoor performance pilots with the London Symphony Orchestra will shape further reopening plans amid concerns about the safety of singing, brass and wind instruments.

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