‘Aftershock’ – orchestras preparing for an uncertain future

31 Mar 2021

The combined effect of Covid and Brexit will make significant dents in the financial viability of the orchestral sector, in spite of Government support so far. Mark Pemberton considers the challenges ahead. 

Cabotage crisis: Orchestras may be forced to tour illegally

03 Mar 2021

The Association of British Orchestras says there are three options moving forward: a new deal with the EU, financial support from the Government, or touring against the law.

UK has three months to save touring, sector warns

16 Feb 2021

DCMS hopes to start discussions with individual EU states in the coming weeks, but industry figures say time is running out to find practical and affordable solutions.

Mounting pressure for touring visas ahead of UK-EU meeting

09 Feb 2021

The sector is not giving up on EU touring visas. But ideas as to what to do next differ.

Touring visa offer 'not compatible' with Brexit goals

19 Jan 2021

DCMS Minister Caroline Dinenage says the EU did not offer work permits and the Government is focussed on navigating the new landscape rather than negotiating.

Fury and disbelief over claims UK rejected visa-free touring

13 Jan 2021

Parliament will debate whether visa-free work permits should be renegotiated as the Government blames Brussels for rejecting its "ambitious" proposals.

Fears build over immigration rules for incoming artists

08 Jan 2021

Complex rules, higher costs and visa requirements are set to place new barriers to EU artists working in the UK, even for short-term contracts or single gigs. 

Local venues could be key to keeping audiences engaged

Back to Blackbrick
22 May 2020

Rural touring could win back audiences first, as confidence in village hall venues is higher than for other types of auditorium, research finds.

Theatre company resists venue's ‘licence to change’ clause 

21 Feb 2020

If enacted it would allow the host theatre to refund ‘offended’ ticket buyers at the touring company’s expense.

My vision for a radical artist-led hotel

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13 Feb 2020

We need bold new cultural infrastructures to tackle entrenched inequality in the arts, says Amahra Spence. Can a new project combine business nous with social justice?

Government offers hope of ‘comprehensive music strategy’

22 Jan 2020

Tax relief for venues and EU touring visas are also on the table, DCMS Minister Nigel Adams confirmed.

A truly national theatre? Exploring new ways to collaborate

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05 Dec 2019

National Theatre partnerships with theatres around the country are creating an opportunity for them to share and compare experiences and ideas across a mix of scales, locations and financial models. Lisa Burger explains what’s going on.

Musicians call for protections to limit Brexit damage

03 Dec 2019

A new manifesto says freelance workers have “little protection from exploitation” and warns of a grim future for touring performers.

Thinking ahead on touring costs

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28 Nov 2019

Arts organisations that schedule European tour dates could be faced with a bigger National Insurance bill if there’s no Brexit deal. Don’t get caught out – be prepared, says Nick Bustin.

Job ladder: John Laidlaw

A Live & Local performance
23 Sep 2019

The Executive Director of Live & Local recalls a career trajectory that has taken him through Butlins, an old bingo venue and many, many village halls.

Five years left for rural arts?

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05 Sep 2019

England’s rural arts leaders have serious concerns about the future of their organisations and are calling for more support – whether through Arts Council funding, partnerships with city-based venues or organisational development schemes.

The real 'Brand Britain': can European grassroots touring survive?

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11 Jul 2019

What might a no-deal Brexit do to the independent grassroots networks that currently flourish across the continent, asks Martin Cox.

Government must act to protect freedom of movement

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11 Jul 2019

Many British musicians fear that Brexit will reduce their ability to travel easily and cheaply around Europe for work. Francesca Treadaway calls for action to protect their livelihoods.

A world with walls: how Brexit could stifle the success of outdoor arts

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11 Jul 2019

The outdoor arts sector has experienced growth over the last decade, but could a no-deal Brexit put the brakes on this? Maggie Clarke and Irene Segura share their concerns.

Peers slam Government for ignoring post-Brexit visa recommendations

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24 May 2019

Lord Jay of Ewelme said the Government had failed to address concerns “that applying the current visa system to EU nationals would make it harder to bring talent to the UK”.

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