Thursday, 02 December 2021
The flagship scheme to address youth unemployment has been hamstrung by red tape and low demand, but is still "really positive for our sector".
Just over half of creative job placements under the Government's £2bn Kickstart scheme have been filled. Lower-than-expected demand and confusion about how the roles could be advertised has meant a slow start for the scheme, quickly established in September 2020 to offer six-month paid placements to 18-to-24-year-olds eligible for Universal Credit.  According to the Department for Work and... read more
Thursday, 02 December 2021

As the Omicron variant reaches the UK, findings from the Government's test events scheme say masks and anti-crowding measures are necessary.

A "hierarchy of controls" for events are needed to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, scientists say. Enhanced ventilation, masks and anti-crowding strategies must form part of tailored mitigations for venues, according to the final report of the Events Research Programme (ERP), published... read more
Wednesday, 01 December 2021

Proposed legislation to increase streaming royalties for signed musicians has received pushback from labels claiming it misunderstands the industry.

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Viktor Forgacs

Half of streaming royalties could be paid directly to performers under a proposed copyright law change. Tabled by Labour MP Kevin Brennan, the Copyright (Rights and Remuneration of Musicians) Bill builds on the DCMS Committee’s recommendations for new legislation for equitable remuneration,... read more
Wednesday, 01 December 2021

The funder wants to "embed a diversity of perspectives, skills and expertise" but acknowledges the change may not be happen fast enough for some.

Arts Council England (ACE) is slowly repopulating one of its advisory panels to make it more diverse.  Three additional members - Al Thani Collection Senior Curator Dr Amin Jaffer, Yamini Mehta, formerly of Sotheby's, and ACE National Council member Helen Birchenough - were appointed to the 12-... read more
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Venues face a choice between offering lower capacity events or losing up to a third of their audiences, surveys suggest.

Arts venues must consider reintroducing socially distanced performances to retain risk-averse audiences over winter. New surveys show Covid-19 concerns are keeping a significant cut of audiences – between a fifth and a third – away from cultural organisations About a third of those who haven't yet... read more
Monday, 29 November 2021

The arts data companies' partnership during Covid-19 has evolved into a union that aims to "accelerate" results for clients.

A new alliance in arts intelligence will forge the "most comprehensive database of consumer consumption and behaviour in the world". UK arts data company Purple Seven has joined international arts management consultancy TRG Arts following a year-long formal partnership. The pair developed the Covid... read more
Thursday, 25 November 2021

Merseyside, South Yorkshire, and the West Midlands are among the regions that lost the most economic value due to Covid-19. 

Arts, culture and heritage suffered "double the impact" of Covid-19 as the UK economy at large. The sector's gross value added, or GVA, fell 20% in real terms compared to about 10% for the economy overall, according to analysis by economists and University of Sheffield researchers. The data shows a... read more
Wednesday, 24 November 2021

The new Culture Secretary showed she won't back down easily in her first face off with committee MPs, raising claims of gender discrimination.

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Left-wing male arts professionals used the new Culture Secretary's appointment "as a means of political attack," she has alleged. Facing questions from the DCMS Select Committee for the first time, Nadine Dorries rejected claims the arts sector opposed her appointment. "The arts sector is a pretty... read more
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

An anticipated £13m in Executive support may not be enough, as more than half the sector's jobs remain at risk.

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Northern Ireland's arts organisations need money now or the country "won't have a sector to return to". Any further delays in delivering emergency funding will force mass redundancies, and up to 16,000 jobs - more than half the sector's workforce - remain at significant risk despite Covid-19 ... read more
Monday, 22 November 2021

New recommendations around employment and lobbying for benefits will be “hard to ignore”, creatives say. 

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Neuk Collective

A new 10-point manifesto will address the "unfair disadvantage" faced by neurodivergent artists. Founded by artists Robyn Benson, Dylan Esposito, Dawnne McGeachy and Tzipporah Johnston, Neuk Collective says a career in the arts consists of social, administrative, and organisational tasks that makes... read more
Thursday, 18 November 2021

925 organisations will share the latest round of grants from the £2bn fund - 873 of them for a second or third time.

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Martine Hamilton Knight

The third round of the Culture Recovery Fund will "protect jobs by saving the future of important arts and cultural organisations" over winter. The DCMS announced £107m in awards from the £300m pot today (November 19), bringing the total to be distributed via the flagship fund to nearly £2bn. Arts... read more
Thursday, 18 November 2021

DYCP applications will be limited and project grants applicants must prove their inclusivity and relevance.

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Kalexander2010

Eligibility for creative development funding will be restricted to preserve access, Arts Council England (ACE) has decided. Those with two failed applications, or one successful application, since April 2019 are barred from the upcoming round of the Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) fund.... read more