Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Chesterfield's Stephenson Memorial Hall is being renovated after a successful Levelling Up Fund application
Analysis finds 19 local authority areas deemed to be high priority for investment by both government and Arts Council England are yet to receive a slice of £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund.
Nearly two-thirds of areas highlighted as priorities for investment by both government and Arts Council England (ACE) are yet to receive money from a £4.8bn fund set up to help them, it has emerged. Analysis by culture-led regeneration experts Five10Twelve* found that 29 local authorities in England feature on all three existing priority lists - as a Department for Levelling Up, Housing and... read more
Friday, 27 May 2022

Testing of upgrades to the much-maligned Grantium application system are underway, with a launch date for an improved version to be announced soon.

The system used by arts and culture organisations to apply for funding from Arts Council England (ACE) will be upgraded in response to complaints about difficulty of use, it has been confirmed. The Grantium application portal was launched by ACE in 2016 as a result of cost-saving requirements... read more
Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Report claims organisers have missed opportunities to include Birmingham's diverse communities in planned events, and are not on target to meet requirements measuring race equality, community engagement and accountability.

Future Birmingham - SUKI 10C, Digbeth.  The painted former public house at the corner of Bordesley Street and Meriden Street has been repainted.

Elliott Brown

A major cultural programme attached to this summer's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham has failed to fully involve or represent the city's diverse community, a report has claimed. A review conducted by community organisation Birmingham Race Impact Group (BRIG) claims organisers have missed... read more
Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Report recommends new cultural sector data platform to help make the case for increased funding across the arts.

A nationwide shared data platform is required to better understand the value cultural organisations provide to the wider economy, a government-commissioned report has recommended. The study commissioned by DCMS found that data about the culture sector is "fragmented, often inaccessible and... read more
Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Low pay and real-terms depreciation of salaries could ‘severely damage’ arts sector amid record number of job vacancies, advocates say.

Payrolled staff working in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector received the lowest pay increases of any industry sector in the past year, despite vacancies more than trebling, official figures show. Data collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that in the 12 months to... read more
Thursday, 19 May 2022

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries tells MPs that while the system of distributing arts funding is "not perfect", there are no plans to abolish Arts Council England.

There are no plans to get rid of Arts Council England as part of a review of public bodies, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has told MPs. Appearing before the DCMS Select Committee today, Dorries said that while the system for distributing arts and culture funding around England - a function... read more
Thursday, 19 May 2022

Announcements of course closures and job losses at universities prompt concerns of 'existential threat' to theatre and performance studies.

Concerns have been raised about the future of theatre and performance studies after a series of universities outlined plans to axe courses and reduce staff numbers.   The University of Wolverhampton said it is suspending recruitment for this September to a total of 138 courses, including 19... read more
Wednesday, 18 May 2022

DCMS is to provide £947,000 for Creative Careers Programme to continue until March 2025, but does not intend to fund it beyond then.

Discover! Creative Careers Week 2019 image © Tyneside Cinema Newcastle[62]

Tyneside Cinema Newcastle

Government funding for an initiative designed to address skills and workforce shortages in the creative industries will end within three years, with alternative methods of finance to be explored, it has emerged.  DCMS has announced it will provide up to £947,000 for the next phase of the Creative... read more
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

While broadcast and online revenues reached record levels in 2021, royalties from public usage and resultant income for artists have yet to recover from the pandemic.


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Royalty revenue from the playing of music in public venues remains down on pre-pandemic levels, according to data published by music licensing company PPL. PPL, which collects and distributes money on behalf of performers and record companies for the use of their recorded music, said revenue from... read more
Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Wales’ first National Plan for Music Education sees funding for music provision trebled, to ensure all children get the opportunity to learn.

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Mike Hall

The Welsh government is moving ahead with plans to establish a national music service. The announcement comes alongside the release of Wales’ first National Plan for Music Education (NPME), published today (17 May), and confirmation government funding for music education provision will be trebled... read more
Friday, 13 May 2022

Results from the assessment will determine the allocation of around £2bn in annual government funding.

The vast majority of UK-based academic research in art, music, dance and drama is either "world-leading" or "internationally excellent", a national assessment has found. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 found that of 3,707 pieces of research submitted relating to music, drama, dance,... read more
Friday, 13 May 2022

The programme, aimed at transforming digital and physical infrastructure, is penned as a way to put culture at the forefront of local regeneration.

Two artists work at Project Art Works studio

Project Art Works

Around one in three organisations receiving money from Arts Council England's (ACE) Capital Investment Programme are located in the funder’s priority places for investment. The funding stream is designed to support cultural organisations to adjust buildings and equipment so that they can operate... read more