Communicating with donors at a time of crisis

26 Mar 2020

Fundraising might seem impossible right now but donors need to hear from you on good days and bad, writes Michelle Wright.

£288m concert hall will be ‘the Tate Modern for music’

11 Mar 2020

The proposed Centre for Music will operate without public subsidy after the Government decided it was too expensive. 

£20m fund to make the arts ‘investment ready’

04 Mar 2020

The initiative builds on the success of two pilot programmes to promote a new approach to finance in the arts and cultural sectors. 

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.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Culture of censorship’ as arts workers fear backlash

20 Feb 2020

ArtsProfessional’s Freedom of Expression survey reveals gagging orders, bullying and a culture of fear are causing arts and cultural workers to stay silent.

‘The shackles are removed’: arts sector responds to Harry and Meghan's decision

10 Jan 2020

Cultural sector figures question the benefits of royal patronage and consider whether the couple's departure from senior royal duties could allow them to speak more openly about discrimination.

Stop demonising us, BP boss tells arts sector

12 Dec 2019

The Head of BP in the UK said the company’s sponsorship of the arts is helping to further the public debate on climate change.

Defending BP sponsorship: is it "for the public good"?

01 Oct 2019

Chris Garrard dissects the public comments made by cultural leaders on the issue of ethical sponsorship. 

Embracing business

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08 Nov 2018

As arts and cultural organisations rise to the challenges facing the sector, some are adopting new and ground-breaking templates for their relationships with business. Patrick Towell surveys the changing landscape.

National Gallery ends corporate partnership with Shell

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25 Oct 2018

The decision follows years of protest and the termination of similar relationships at two major Dutch galleries.

Campaigners celebrate as museums end ties with oil giant

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31 Aug 2018

The Van Gogh Museum and Mauritshuis have said the decision to break with Shell was mutual, and sponsorship agreements that expired this summer would not be renewed.

Institute of Fundraising: Don’t refuse money on ethics alone

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04 May 2018

The membership body has collated and updated guidance on accepting and refusing donations, stressing the importance of adhering to a charity’s purpose as set out in its constitution.

Arts sector fears being too poor to refuse ‘unethical’ donations

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27 Apr 2018

New research by AP reveals that few arts organisations have an ethical fundraising policy, although most think they are vulnerable to reputational damage.

How bad is bad?

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25 Apr 2018

Are problems of ethics in danger of making the arts unfundable? Michelle Wright addresses some uncomfortable questions.

No room for neutrals

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23 Apr 2018

Chris Garrard believes that no one should be neutral in the debate on ethical sponsorship.

Pulse report: Ethics in arts sponsorship

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20 Apr 2018

Following protests of arts organisations’ decisions to accept money from controversial businesses, ArtsProfessional's latest survey reveals the sector’s perspective on ethics in fundraising. 

Whose ethics are they anyway?

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20 Apr 2018

At the heart of the debate about ethics in arts sponsorship and fundraising are questions about the moral obligation of the arts sector. Frances Richens reflects on the issues.

Survey to reveal views on ethics in arts sponsorship

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27 Mar 2018

Following high-profile protests of deals between arts organisations and businesses with controversial track records, ArtsProfessional has launched its latest Pulse survey to examine policy and practice in the cultural sector. 

Arms dealer ends arts festival sponsorship following backlash

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09 Mar 2018

After a week of artist boycotts, public protest and ticket sale freezes, BAE Systems has announced it will redirect its support for the Great Exhibition of the North to other “better suited” initiatives.

Welsh arts leaders call for national arts advocacy campaign

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06 Oct 2017

A ‘brand Wales’ campaign would raise the profile of culture and help the sector raise more non-public funds, the Welsh Assembly has been told.

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