Volunteering as a route into work

performer speaks to children
22 Sep 2021

Without volunteering, many organisations in the cultural sector simply couldn’t operate. But it can also act as a route for people to move into paid work, writes Jane Ide.

Auction to split proceeds equally between artists

20 Sep 2021

Educational arts charity Art UK has opened an auction fundraiser which will split proceeds equally between all participating artists.

Buy Art To Help Art UK features a live auction at London's Cromwell Place on September 29 and an online auction, now open for bids until September 30.

The auctions include work from over 140 artists priced from £50 to £50,000, but proceeds will be split equally between the artists.

Art UK Director Andy Ellis says the charity's share of sales will go towards increasing access to its national art collection, expanding its learning resources and telling the stories of underrepresented artists.

“Please support us if you can by buying a great piece of art or telling your friends about what’s on offer."

National Insurance hike 'deeply damaging' to creative freelancers

17 Sep 2021

The tax increase will be a "double whammy" for some self employed creatives, as income support dries up in October.

Northern Ireland opens £5m recovery programme

15 Sep 2021

A recovery funding programme for Northern Irish creatives has been opened by Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) and the Department for Communities.

ACNI Chief Executive Roisin McDonough said the £5m Creative Individuals Recovery Programme (CIRP) is designed to help creatives continue developing important skills.

It can help pay to create new work, hire facilities or equipment, improve professional skills or attend industry events.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available, with applications closing October 6.

“CIRP funding can help our creative individuals to positively contribute, as they did before the pandemic, to the significant cultural value of Northern Ireland as a great place to work, live and invest,“ McDonough said.

Producers join forces on new company

14 Sep 2021

Two creative producers have officially launched an independent production and artist development company.

Charlie Bunker, who has worked for Kerpow and WildWorks, and Gabby Vautier, formerly of Young Vic, Barbican, Kneehigh and Punchdrunk, have been running workshops and retreats for imPOSSIBLE since May 2020.

Based in Cornwall, the company will support artists to create new work and get it made in front of audiences.

"We are challenging the rules about producing and articulating what creative producing might look like in the future," Bunker said.

"Our approach blurs the lines between production and artist development."

Vautier added: "We take time to talk with artists, working out what is possible and what might be blocking people from making their ideas a reality."

Guildhall School gets scholarship boost

07 Sep 2021

London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama has been awarded £637,000 to distribute as scholarships over the next three years.

It’s one of the largest grants given by the Leverhulme Trust this year, second only to the £695,600 awarded to the Royal College of Music.

The Leverhulme Arts Scholarships will be split between undergraduate and postgraduate musicians, as well as students studying with Guildhall Young Artists.

Interim Principal Jonathan Vaughan said the school is “committed to aiming to ensure that no student faces financial barriers to studying with us”.

The school estimates it awards more than £3m of financial support each year, with 40% of students receiving some level of support.

Creative freelancers missing out on business support

01 Sep 2021

After the turmoil of Covid-19, policymakers are taking interest in a new report that categorises creative freelancers based on their motivations - and what support will help them most.

Mind the understanding gap: the value of creative freelancers

Mind the gap poster
01 Sep 2021

The self employed, including freelancers, make up almost a third of the creative industries workforce - double the rate across the UK more broadly. So why, asks Nick Henry and Mary-Alice Stack, is their role and contribution so poorly understood?

Self-taped auditions must be reformed, Equity says

man learning lines in front of camera
17 Aug 2021

A new best practice guide aims to eliminate unrealistic deadlines and overly long scripts to address auditioners’ anxieties.

London’s Creative Enterprise Zones to double

30 Jul 2021

City Hall is investing £3m to grow the scheme, which has supported 300 cultural organisations and 1,000 jobs through the pandemic.

Legislate fair payment from music streaming, inquiry says

15 Jul 2021

After a nine-month-long inquiry, MPs have recommended "a complete reset" of music streaming to better compensate creators. What could a new model look like?

Creatives call for device tax to generate arts funding

01 Jul 2021

A major collection society says the levy could provide up to £300m per year. What would it look like and how would it work?

Choosing care over censorship

24 Jun 2021

The Jess de Wahls controversy has highlighted how tenuous arts organisations' solidarity with transgender people can be. 

Culture Recovery Fund missed out vital parts of the sector, inquiry finds

23 Jun 2021

DCMS "must urgently consider" events insurance and other non-cash supports, MPs say, raising "big questions" about the fund's effectiveness.

Two thirds of livestreaming performers expect to continue post-pandemic

08 Jun 2021

A lack of infrastructure and interaction with audiences are pressing issues for artists streaming live - but monetisation remains the most major concern.

In a sector under pressure, will freelancers suffer or thrive?

26 May 2021

Employers cannot see freelancers as the ‘always on’ source of talent and skill that can be picked up and put down at will, says Jane Ide.

Rehearsal complex to be a 'godsend' for freelancers

26 May 2021

New Diorama Theatre will open a free workspace in July, welcoming up to 80,000 creatives per year: "We would be delighted if other places stole the idea and emulated it."

Free Word to close after 12 years

24 May 2021

The first National Portfolio Organisation lost to the effects of the pandemic will close its doors next week, leaving a gap in support for writers, artists and activists.

'Creators Council' mooted to help workforce and assist recovery

13 May 2021

A parliamentary report into writers' experience of Covid-19 says "a clear line of communication between the Government and the creative workforce" would address gaps in support - and save an £11bn industry from a cliff edge.

Liverpool's artist studios 'could disappear', report warns

03 May 2021

Studios have been unsure about their eligibility for funding during the pandemic and don't know where to turn for advice.


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