Friday, 16 April 2021

New research hints at the complexity of Covid status certification as debate rages over its use in cultural spaces.

Vaccine certification would initially prevent more people attending venues than it would persuade, new research suggests. Data from The Audience Agency (TAA) found the groups who are most likely to attend are those who would be ineligible during the early stages of a 'passport' system. The Government will explore such a scheme through pilot events over the next six weeks, but suffered a... read more
Thursday, 15 April 2021

New capital and business development programmes are in the pipeline as ACE looks to "refresh" the criteria for existing funding streams and "broaden" its National Portfolio.

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Arts Council England (ACE) will create a list of "priority places" for future investment and interventions under its new strategy. A greater share of the funder's budget - 75% up from 69% - will go towards a "broader" National Portfolio from 2023, which will encompass a range of arts organisations... read more
Thursday, 15 April 2021

If the Government is confident in getting events back by June 21, it shouldn't hesitate to extend insurance beyond its pilot programme. 

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Pauline Eccles

Government-backed insurance for live events could save up to £1.1bn, according to insurance experts. Having shot down the possibility of a scheme last month, the Government is now said to be insuring pilot events under its Events Research Programme. This proves the Government understands the degree... read more
Wednesday, 14 April 2021

The heritage organisation says it was asked to present to the report's commissioners but its contribution wasn't recorded.

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Alexander Boden

Black Cultural Archives (BCA) has quit the Government's Windrush working group over the findings of the UK's race review. The report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities controversially found no evidence of institutional racism, but BCA says it was asked to give information to the... read more
Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Arts leaders and organisations have paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh as a committed patron of both the orthodox and the unconventional.

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Cartoon Museum

Prince Philip has been honoured as "an enthusiastic and innovative patron" of arts and culture across disciplines and decades. The late Duke of Edinburgh was patron of more than 800 organisations during his life as a member of the British Royal Family and, despite his known passion for sport and... read more
Friday, 09 April 2021

The much delayed document will not be enforced by Ofsted and no extra funding has been committed for teacher training.

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Valéria Rodrigues

Music educators fear a new model music curriculum won't be effective amid a lack of enforcement and support. Others have welcomed the curriculum as a major step forward. Arts Council England Chief Executive Darren Henley, who undertook a review of music education in England a decade ago, wrote in a... read more
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Thursday, 08 April 2021

UK cultural attractions are calling for a new bank holiday to boost tourism, and the popularity of outdoor attractions, starting to reopen from next week, has skyrocketed.

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UK cultural attractions are calling for a new bank holiday to boost tourism after visitor numbers fell by 70% in 2020.  45.4m people visited 294 Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) sites, which include many major museums and galleries, compared to 151.3m in 2019.  Some venues recorded... read more
Thursday, 08 April 2021

Museums and cultural organisations may have to extend their opening hours, the Mayor's office says, amid projections more than 100,000 'face-to-face' jobs will be lost.

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David Parry

A £6m campaign to bring people back to central London will focus on the cultural industries amid projections that more than 150,000 jobs could be lost. Mayor Sadiq Khan said the money will be spent on attracting people from across the UK to visit the capital once lockdown restrictions are lifted.... read more
Wednesday, 07 April 2021

The National Portfolio Organisation has pursued its plan to widen access in spite of the pandemic and says funders have been "universally supportive".

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Morley von Sternberg

Battersea Arts Centre has introduced a 'pay what you can' model for all future performances and activities in spite of the pandemic.  The National Portfolio Organisation's long-held ambition to widen access will see audiences presented with recommended rates for live and digital events based on... read more
Wednesday, 07 April 2021

The partnership will afford more stability to both organisations as they aim to create "one of the most accessible and creative venues in the country".

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Belinda Lawley

Southbank Sinfonia and St John's Smith Square will merge in a bid to provide "a stable foundation on which to build a future". The organisations this week announced their partnership plan, which gives a permanent home to the youth orchestra, currently based at St John's Waterloo, and adds more... read more
Thursday, 01 April 2021

Some organisations have managed to double dip as more than 1,200 receive support from the emergency arts funding scheme for the first time.

Towersey Festival, pictured here in 2018
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Tim Packer

1,200 organisations that previously missed out on Culture Recovery Fund awards are among those receiving a share of £262m distributed by Arts Council England (ACE) in the second round of the scheme. In total 2,272 cultural organisations will recieve grants, and a further 476 heritage organisations... read more
Thursday, 01 April 2021

Critics call Festival UK 2022 "nationalistic imperialism" and "a showcase for the Government". The creatives involved say that couldn't be further from the truth.

Festival UK 2022 is not a political event or an exercise in nationalism, participants say, amid heightened criticism of the £120m creative showcase. The 10 teams selected for the project have fielded "hostility" from those who believe the event supports a Conservative Party agenda or is a waste of... read more
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