Friday, 16 February 2018
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The ‘world first’ live music census also reveals key challenges for venues and information about the economic value of the industry.

The financial instability facing professional musicians and the huge strain placed on music venues by rising business rates have been laid bare in a major new piece of research. Over half of musicians worked unpaid over the past 12 months, and 66% of musicians who worked for free ‘exposure’ believe doing so did not benefit their career, according to the ‘world-first’ live music census. It also... read more
Friday, 16 February 2018

Music should be led by young people’s interests and less focused on prescriptive outcomes, according to the findings of a schools action research programme.

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Youth Music

Music education must be overhauled and replaced with a system that is less ‘school like’ and which gives teachers, music leaders and young people more autonomy, a new report has advised. Doing so would help ensure young people at risk of low attainment, educational exclusion or general... read more
Friday, 16 February 2018

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation will grant £750k a year to arts organisations helping primary school teachers use the arts in their classrooms.


Peter Murray

Cultural organisations and primary schools will be supported to work collaboratively to bring the arts into classrooms across the UK, following the launch of new fund by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) this week. The Teacher Development Fund (TDF) will invest around £750k a year in partnership... read more
Friday, 16 February 2018

A collaboration with the Wolfson Foundation will see theatres of all sizes eligible for up to £20k in funding this year to make their buildings more accessible.

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A new fund plans to help theatres improve their signage, seating and access routes to improve accessibility for staff and audiences. Launched by the Theatres Trust in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation, the three-year ‘Theatre Improvement Scheme’ will provide up to £20k for venues planning “... read more
Friday, 16 February 2018

The Government spends more money incentivising donations than charities receive through the incentivised donations, researchers at a new independent Tax Centre have concluded.

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Scrapping the Gift Aid tax incentive and simply giving the money to charities would result in “substantially higher donations”, new research suggests. Extensive independent study of 75 million self-assessment tax returns found that for every £1 the Government spends incentivising giving among... read more
Friday, 09 February 2018

Music and dance leaders have implored a Lords select committee to support the introduction of a special arrangement within the visa system for performers.

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The inaccessibility of music education for people from certain socio-economic backgrounds is a “disgrace” and a “disaster” for the UK music industry, a House of Lords Committee was told this week. Discussing the issues facing the dance and music sectors as the UK prepares to leave the European... read more
Friday, 09 February 2018

Two arts institutions accepted a lower proportion of students from a state school background than Oxford or Cambridge last year.

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Three specialist arts institutions are amongst the ten higher education providers in the UK most likely to favour privately educated young people over those educated in state schools, with two demonstrating a lower level of accessibility than Oxford or Cambridge. London’s Royal Academy of Music was... read more
Friday, 09 February 2018

Museums and galleries are urged to regularly extend opening hours and put on after-hours events, which are estimated to be worth an annual £9.6m in ticket sales.

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Extending opening hours and putting on after-hours events would do for galleries, museums and heritage sites ‘what Airbnb does for spare bedrooms’, a major new study has concluded. It finds the activities are a “proven” route to new audiences and revenue, particularly in under-utilised spaces, and... read more
Friday, 09 February 2018

The Museums Association’s annual survey finds 4% of the workforce are non-UK EU citizens.

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The UK’s departure from the European Union could negatively affect staffing arrangements in one in three UK museums, new research has found. The Museums Association’s annual survey also found public income was down in almost a third of museums in 2016/17, but many museums are increasing their... read more
Thursday, 08 February 2018

51 regularly funded arts organisations have supported a statement expressing no confidence in the funder’s Chair, who has spent weeks embroiled in controversy.

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Creative Scotland is not the only UK arts funder to be thrown into crisis recently: the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) has spent weeks embroiled in controversy following incendiary comments about public funding made by its Chair John Edmund. First the board and now the sector have turned... read more
Tuesday, 06 February 2018

£2.6m of additional funds will be used to re-admit five organisations into the core-funded portfolio until 2021, in a move described as a “victory for common sense”.

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Creative Scotland has responded to ferocious criticism of its recent funding decisions by u-turning on a wave of planned core funding cuts. Following an emergency board meeting, the national funder yesterday announced £2.6m of “additional funding” to re-admit five organisations into the network on... read more
Friday, 02 February 2018

Board members have resigned following outrage at the funder’s decision to end support for a number of arts organisations that work with children and disabled people. 

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Paul Watt

Two board members have resigned and public pressure is mounting on Scotland’s national arts funder, following its decision to cut funding to several organisations that work with children and disabled people. Creative Scotland will hold an emergency board meeting today, following a backlash from the... read more