Research investigating attitudes toward the arts and their effect on people at work has revealed that senior business executives believe opportunities for artistic activity at work can help to motivate staff. The findings come from research by MORI for Arts & Business, which was commissioned as part of Arts & Business Week.

Music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts events from across the world will be among the 300 events planned for Refugee Week festival, to take place from June 17-23.The festival aims to celebrate the rich cultural heritage that asylum seekers and refugees bring to the UK. w:

Public Arts in Wakefield has launched a regional initiative, People Making Places, aimed at anyone involved in or affected by urban design. The programme includes seminars, workshops, site visits, residencies, public lectures and publications. Contact Andrew Clay t: 01924 215550 e:

A new website has been launched to provide a forum for discussion to assist in the development of the Cultural Arts Sector in North East Lincolnshire, surrounding areas and beyond. ?Crafty Locals? is a developing site and contributors to the site are welcome at w:

A review of Scottish literary magazines by the Scottish Arts Council has concluded that, although doing a good job on low budgets and comparing favourably with magazines supported by other Arts Councils, they need further investment.

Information for arts organisations planing events to celebrate the Golden Jubilee is being published on the website at It includes information on how to apply for Lottery funding of community projects under the Awards for All scheme, and a copy of the Celebrations Toolkit, a guide to event planning.

A new awards scheme has been created by East England Arts to help individual musicians and small music organisations develop their work. Awards for Artists provides one-off grants for research and development, training and mentoring, creation and commissioning of new work, and promotion and marketing. Contact Sound Sense t: 01449 673990 e:

This year?s National Orchestra Week (NOW) will see professional and amateur orchestras across the country join forces, as the Association of British Orchestras works with Making Music, the National Federation of Music Societies to offer the widest range of concerts, family days and special events in it?s five-year history. NOW takes place until March 17. w:

BBC Four?s Readers and Writers Roadshow is to feature writers from all areas of the book world who will be discussing their work with each other and a studio audience. The weekly show is hosted by Kate Mosse, cofounder of the Orange Prize and former Deputy Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, and the Series Producer is Richard Shaw, former Director of Marketing, Press and Publications for the Royal Opera House.