Wednesday, 18 April 2018
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A call out for evidence seeks submissions on how planning, tax and fundraising reform could support arts organisations to become more sustainable.

A new enquiry into the resources available for culture in cities will aim to answer key questions about factors that affect the sustainability and effectiveness of cultural organisations. The role of taxes, links between culture and health, and the impact of the planning system will be among the issues to be considered, with a view to providing evidence to support more spaces for culture and... read more
Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Craft is the only artform to come close to accurately representing working class communities across the UK, new research finds.

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The cultural and creative sector “significantly excludes” those from working class backgrounds, which is in addition to barriers faced by women and people who identify as disabled or Black and minority ethnic (BME), new research finds. It also finds these barriers are intensified by the high... read more
Friday, 20 April 2018

Currently Global Director for Cultural Skills at the British Council, Simon Dancey will take up the new role in July.

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Simon Dancey has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer at Creative and Cultural Skills (CC Skills) as the organisation becomes one of Arts Council England’s new Sector Support Organisations funded through the national portfolio. Currently Global Director of Cultural Skills at the... read more
Friday, 20 April 2018

A new policy paper calls for continued freedom of movement, and claims music helps promote the values that unite Europeans, such as equality.

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Membership organisations across Europe have come together to defend music as a human right and call for free movement of artists, professionals and non-professionals across the continent. A new policy document – the European Agenda for Music (EAM) – stresses that music plays an important societal... read more
Tuesday, 17 April 2018

A £120k pilot scheme will see ten Northern Ireland secondary schools collaborate with artists on a range of projects to improve wellbeing and increase interest in cultural careers.

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A new scheme in Northern Ireland is aiming to use creative learning in schools to increase confidence and promote positive mental health in communities previously hit by deprivation. The Creative Schools Partnership, supported with a combined £120k from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI),... read more
Friday, 13 April 2018

100 arts organisations will share £13.1m this year, as the Arts Council struggles to deal with a £23m reduction in public spending on the arts over the past six years.

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ANCI) has been forced to cut the number of arts organisations supported through its Annual Funding Programme (AFP), to mitigate “successive reductions to public funding for the arts”, which it says equate to a loss of £23m over the past six years. A total of £... read more
Friday, 13 April 2018

A Memorandum of Understanding has committed the two parties to investigating the impact of creativity on young people’s wellbeing.

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Arts Council England (ACE) has committed to developing Kent’s cultural sector and supporting new research into the impact of creativity on young people’s wellbeing through a new link with the University of Kent. A three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – the most recent in a long line of... read more
Friday, 13 April 2018

UK Music has accused England’s arts funder of being “too posh for pop” and called for an urgent review of the allocation of national portfolio funds.

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UK Music has launched a scathing attack on Arts Council England (ACE), branding it “too posh for pop” for apparently prioritising opera and classical styles of music through a key funding stream. The umbrella body, which represents the interests of the UK’s commercial music industry, claims only 8... read more
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Thursday, 12 April 2018

New research has found three quarters of Deaf and disabled gig goers feel discriminated against when booking tickets for live music events.

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A new initiative aiming to remove barriers to booking tickets for Deaf and disabled gig goers has seen several major arts venues join forces with ticket sellers, membership bodies and festival providers. Called the ‘Ticketing Without Barriers Coalition’, the group, co-ordinated by membership... read more
Thursday, 12 April 2018

A public consultation to inform the national funder’s upcoming ten-year strategy calls for action on the environment and reform to ensure arts careers remain sustainable.

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Arts Council England has been urged to focus more funding on research and development and prepare for automation, in a public consultation on the threats, challenges and opportunities facing the cultural sector. Part of the research to inform the creation of the national funder’s new ten-year plan... read more
Friday, 06 April 2018

Arts organisations outside of ACE’s national portfolio will only have access to capital funding over £100k in “exceptional circumstances”.

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Arts organisations outside Arts Council England’s (ACE) national portfolio have had access to larger capital grants curtailed under the new rules for its small capital grants programme. While National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) are still able to bid for up to £500k through the programme, non-... read more
Friday, 06 April 2018

The gender pay gap is smaller in the arts than other sectors, although some organisations are still trailing behind including ‘Times Top 50 Employer for Women’ the Southbank Centre.

Arts and cultural employers are among those leading the charge in fixing the gender pay gap, new data has revealed. A quarter of the 40 major arts and culture organisations that had to report their gender pay gap details to Government this week paid their female staff a higher average hourly rate... read more