The Arts Council of England has published new strategies on Street Arts and Circus including a commitment to increase funding available through its National Touring programme by 15%. Informed by research and consultation across the two sectors the strategy also includes a commitment to provide dedicated officer support.

Rural Arts East has received a RALP award of £100,000 to strengthen its role as the arts development agency for Norfolk, by incorporating Create!, Word Waves and Norfolk Arts Marketing. The grant will be used to develop a new brand, produce a strategic marketing plan, cover relocation costs, and undertake staff development.

The Arts and Humanities Research Boardis offering new Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts, which provide support for higher education institutions to appoint full-time researchers in practice-based creative and performing arts for up to three years. For further details and an application form w: http://www.ahrb.ac.uk; e: a.henry@ahrb.ac.uk t: 0117 987 6664

Lit-net, the virtual literature centre for the West Midlands, is inviting visitors to the site to comment on its effectiveness and suggest improvements to further its ongoing development. e: info@lit-net.org; w: http://www.lit-net.org

As part of its festival of film and media for young people, Showcomotion is holding ?Joining the Dots?, an industry event which will address UK policy on the production of children?s film and ways to ensure that young audiences have access to and enthusiasm for non-English language film. w: http://www.showcomotion.org.uk