Tuesday, 14 May 2024
Findings from a new report using census data to map the arts, culture and heritage workforce across England, Wales and Northern Ireland underscores inequalities in gender, ethnicity and social class across the sector.
The arts, culture and heritage workforce in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is less ethnically diverse than the general workforce, according to the findings of a new report. The Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre’s (Creative PEC) latest report, Arts, Culture and Heritage: Audiences and Workforce, published today, is the first to use census data from 2021 to document the... read more
Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Senior figures from arts and culture organisations have previously said that government-ordered review of Arts Council England requires sector input to be meaningful.

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A formal consultation with arts and culture organisations will be conducted as part of the ongoing review of Arts Council England, it has been confirmed. A full scale review of the government quango launched on 15 March with the appointment of Dame Mary Archer as Lead Reviewer.  Speaking at the... read more
Tuesday, 21 May 2024

The National Lottery Community Fund, which has previously funded arts projects supporting wellbeing, young people and the elderly, has announced plans to extend its reach to more than 80% of the UK.


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A National Lottery-supported fund that has previously invested in arts projects across local communities is set to receive its largest expansion in three decades. The National Lottery Community Fund plans to make funding available for more than 80% of areas across the UK and reach more than 60% of... read more
Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Campaign group says fundamental changes to the schooling system are necessary to address 'erosion and inequality' in arts education provision.

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Schoolchildren should be entitled to four hours of arts lessons each week as part of a range of measures to improve arts education provision across England, a campign group has said. The Cultural Learning Alliance's (CLA) manifesto also calls for parties contesting the forthcoming general election... read more
Tuesday, 21 May 2024

A survey has shown that 70% of people agree that music is important to their well-being. 

The Halle Orchestra

Bill Lam

Nearly 75% of people believe UK orchestras are a vital part of the country’s heritage, according to new a new report. Conducted by The Association of British Orchestras (ABO) as part of a three-year campaign, a survey of 2,000 adults has shown that 65% of respondents think classical music is under-... read more
Monday, 20 May 2024

Disappointed music fans have vented their frustration at Royal Albert Hall's online ticket booking system branding it 'an absolute shambles'.

Conducter Vasily Petrenko

Mark McNulty

BBC Proms has reported record-breaking online ticket sales over the weekend, with around 125,000 tickets sold and 15 out of 90 concerts now standing room only. Figures provided by the BBC show that opening day sales on 18 May were 36% higher than last year, with 107,000 tickets sold, around 500... read more
Monday, 20 May 2024

Proportion of people engaging physically with the arts on a weekly basis has fallen by 14 percentage points over the last two years, according to government data.

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The percentage of people physically engaging with the arts at least once a week fell to 59% during the final three months of 2023, according to statistics published by DCMS. The figure comes from the government’s most recently published Participation Survey covering October to December 2023 - the... read more
Monday, 20 May 2024

Arts Council England confirms that it discussed controversial changes to its Relationship Framework with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport prior to its publication but inists had no input into the revisions.

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Guidance published by Arts Council England warning cultural organisations to be wary of "overtly political or activist" statements was drawn up in relation to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, performers' union Equity has claimed. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by the union... read more
Friday, 17 May 2024

Research finds a 'huge range of effectiveness' between different cultural organisations when it comes to web pages focused on similar goals. 

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A noticeable gap in website performance exists between the best and worst performing cultural organisations, a study has found. A report by digital agency Substrakt assessing website traffic data across 76 cultural organisations in Europe and North America during 2023 found that the "digital divide... read more
Friday, 17 May 2024

Culture Secretary says the UK can 'support positive social change' in Saudi Arabia through engagement and relationship building as UK cultural organisations attend trade event in Riyadh.

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer meeting with Saudi Tourism Minister Ahmed Al Khateeb


Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer has defended UK efforts to capitalise on opportunities for businesses in Saudi Arabia following a meeting with the kingdom's Tourism Minister.  Her meeting with Ahmed Al Khateeb coincides with a visit to the kingdom by leaders of UK arts and culture organisations -... read more
Thursday, 16 May 2024

Report warns UK risks 'self-inflicted economic and diplomatic damage' unless government boosts its support for creative industries on the world stage.

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A 'Soft Power Council' chaired by the Foreign Secretary and made up of artists and organisations representing creative talent should be established to maintain the UK's status as a global leader in the sector, a report has recommended. The report, published today (16 May) by think tank Erskine... read more
Wednesday, 15 May 2024

Heritage Alliance calls on government to do more to help the heritage sector and establish an Arts Council England-like national support portfolio for heritage organisations.

Scotney Castle Garden

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Some heritage organisations and historic UK sites are "one rainy day away from collapse" due to rising operational costs, staff shortages, declining visitor spending and piecemeal public funding, a new report has found. The research, carried out by charity The Heritage Alliance, details how the... read more