Friday, 16 August 2019
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The Arts Council has warned that if its grant-in-aid from DCMS is cut in the forthcoming spending review, it may not be able to afford its existing funding commitments.

Arts Council England (ACE) may have to cut the level of funding it has already agreed to provide England’s largest arts organisations for the next two years, the funder has warned. Such a move would cause significant disruption in the country’s arts sector as many business models depend on receiving a share of the £400m a year that ACE provides to its National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs).... read more
Thursday, 08 August 2019

BME-led organisations were 60% more likely to fall at the first hurdle of Project Grants applications – while LGBT-led groups were 25% more likely to secure grants.

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Arts organisations led by BME and disabled people were less likely than other organisations to be successful when applying for Arts Council England’s (ACE) National Lottery Project Grants last year, figures obtained by ArtsProfessional reveal. Applications from female-led organisations were also... read more
Monday, 19 August 2019

New figures indicate the reversal of a three-year pattern of declining visitor numbers at English institutions – and new hope for more employment in the sector.

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English museums and art galleries have reported a 6% increase in attendance in 2018, bouncing back following three years of decline. Attendance dropped by 1% in both 2017 and 2016, and by 0.5% in 2015. But new figures from the national tourism agency show a decisive turnaround, with attendance... read more
Friday, 16 August 2019

England’s principal producing theatres say cuts to arts education are increasingly restricting their work with children to independent schools.

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Prominent English theatres say they are increasingly unable to reach state school pupils as arts education budgets are cut and creativity is “devalued”. Leaders at all 13 regional theatres participating in a recent survey said a decline in the number and frequency of visits from secondary schools... read more
Friday, 16 August 2019

More money was refunded to both large and small organisations last year – but freelancers are missing out. 

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Theatres, orchestras, museums and galleries were granted tax relief worth £98m in the last financial year, an 18% increase on the amount refunded to them in 2017/18. Figures published by HMRC show that refunds to orchestras more than doubled from £7m in 2017/18 to £16m last year. But after a recent... read more
Thursday, 15 August 2019

The extra money has been allocated above the programme’s planned budget “in response to the incredibly strong applications received”.

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Anita Adeshina

Arts Council England (ACE) has expanded the current budget for its Creative People and Places (CPP) scheme by more than a third following “incredibly strong” pitches. The funder has added £5m to its planned £12.5m budget for 2019 to 2023. It will award £17.5m to 12 new placemaking projects led by ... read more
Wednesday, 14 August 2019

The authority says charities that don’t pay “need to reflect on the fact that they are not contributing to the costs of fundraising regulation”.

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The Fundraising Regulator has said that a voluntary annual levy on more than 1900 charities is “not optional” as its new payment scale takes effect. Organisations will receive invoices this month for amounts ranging from £150 to £15,000 within 30 days. Two new bands have been added to its scale of... read more
Wednesday, 07 August 2019

An undersized musician population, a lack of artist support and performance space pressures: why live music in the Midlands is falling behind the rest of the UK.

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The number of live music venues in the Midlands is declining more rapidly than elsewhere in the UK amid challenges in sustaining the region’s music economy, new research has found. The report, produced by BOP Consulting for Arts Council England (ACE), says the Midlands offers a strong range of... read more
Tuesday, 06 August 2019

The institution has rejected campaigners’ claims that it has “done nothing” a year after promising to reassess its fundraising approach – but won’t make the review public.

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Artist campaigners have accused the Design Museum of a “lack of action” around a fundraising policy review it committed to one year ago. The London museum says it undertook the review following controversy over hiring out its events space to arms trading company Leonardo in July 2018, when more... read more
Tuesday, 06 August 2019

It is set to become easier for UK organisations to recruit dancers, choreographers, musicians and artists from outside Europe – but what happens after the 31 October Brexit deadline remains unclear.

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Easier pathways to employing artists from outside Europe have been given the green light, despite the likelihood they will reviewed after Brexit. The Home Office has approved recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to include all jobs classified as ‘artists’ on the UK’s Shortage... read more
Monday, 05 August 2019

The Insolvency Office will investigate the crowdfunding platform’s failure, but repayment of what’s “rightfully” owed to musicians seems unlikely.

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Music industry associations are again calling for official reviews into the failure of crowdfunding platform Pledge Music, following the announcement of the company’s liquidation. The extent of the losses for the industry are still unclear, but the amount owed to musicians who used the platform has... read more
Friday, 02 August 2019

Waltham Forest has backtracked on an offer of £35k funding for a festival whose legacy formed part of the evidence used to support the council’s winning bid.

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A festival is facing an unplanned £30,000 deficit after Waltham Forest Council backtracked on an apparent commitment to help fund its London Borough of Culture activities. HighTide Festival is considering legal action to recoup nearly £17,000 it had already spent on marketing, actors, stage... read more