Friday, 15 June 2018
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The data will be used by Arts Council England to inform a £24m investment in new areas through its Creative People and Places programme.

Government data has revealed local level information on arts attendance and participation across England’s 326 local authority areas for the first time since 2009/10. The data also reveals artistic engagement by age, socio-economic status, ethnicity and gender. It will be used by Arts Council England (ACE) to guide investment via is Creative People and Places programme, which supports arts... read more
Friday, 15 June 2018

Three theatre organisations that were made funding offers last year have not been accepted into Arts Council England’s national portfolio.

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Three theatre organisations accepted into Arts Council England’s (ACE) national portfolio for 2018-22 have had their funding offers cancelled, AP can reveal. The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury, Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter and Zendeh Productions in Newcastle were told their applications had been... read more
Friday, 15 June 2018

A document highlighting how Brexit could impact the arts and cultural sector has been produced ahead of Parliamentary debates on the Withdrawal Agreement.

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Arts campaign group What Next? has made an urgent plea for arts workers to lobby local politicians ahead of renewed parliamentary debate on the Brexit Withdrawal Bill. Published last week, the document hopes to articulate the importance of a thriving cultural sector to MPs who will be returning to... read more
Thursday, 14 June 2018

The email and phone service, set up by Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, will offer support on health and wellbeing issues.

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Theatre professionals looking for support on “any issue” affecting their health and wellbeing are now able to access a 24-hour helpline, which has gone live today. Free to use, the phone and email service has been set up by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre as a pilot project. It... read more
Monday, 11 June 2018

Actor Emma Thompson and Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare are among the arts figures granted honours.

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The former Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kerry Michael, actor Emma Thompson and Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid are among the arts figures recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours this year.  Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa is the only arts leader to be granted the... read more
Friday, 08 June 2018

A 1.7% increase in returns to the arts has been credited to a “nice run of luck” and a series of new initiatives by National Lottery operator Camelot.

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National Lottery operator Camelot has made the unexpected announcement that sales and returns to good causes were up slightly in 2017/18, despite early indications lottery funding for the arts would continue to slide. Total National Lottery sales for the 2017/18 financial year increased by £26.4m... read more
Friday, 08 June 2018

Golant Media Ventures will merge with The Audience Agency’s enterprise arm as the sector support organisation strengthens its focus on technology.

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Arts sector support organisation The Audience Agency is joining forces with Golant Media Ventures (GMV), an innovation agency working across the creative, cultural, digital and public sectors.  Together they hope to drive innovation in the cultural sector and help arts organisations increase their... read more
Friday, 08 June 2018

She will join the children’s theatre as Executive Director in August as it gears up for a major redevelopment.

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Lynette Shanbury has been appointed as Polka Theatre’s new Executive Director and joint Chief Executive. She will join the organisation in August, taking over from Stephen Midlane, who retires after 41 years with the Wimbledon children’s theatre. She will work alongside Artistic Director and joint... read more
Friday, 08 June 2018

The national funder wants to develop a culture of enterprise and increase the use of loan finance in the sector.

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Arts Council England (ACE) has outlined its priorities for the next two years, including a renewed focus on building resilience in the sector and ensuring a more widespread use of data to influence decision-making. ACE’s new ‘corporate plan’, which focuses on delivering the funder’s five goals,... read more
Wednesday, 06 June 2018

The launch follows research into the power of match funding to boost public donations to arts organisations and increase fundraising skills.

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A new pilot scheme will provide selected arts organisations in Scotland with support, training and additional funding to develop crowdfunding campaigns. Launched by Creative Scotland, in partnership creative consultancy Paved With Gold, Crowdfunding Creativity will offer seven campaigns up to 25%... read more
Friday, 01 June 2018

An interim report for the five-year programme is positive, but warns there will be challenges to maintaining the programme once financial support comes to an end.

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Wales’ flagship creative learning programme, which is placing arts as a key pillar of the school curriculum, is progressing well and producing evidence of positive outcomes, an interim report has found. Tens of thousands of young people have either benefitted from learning opportunities designed in... read more
Friday, 01 June 2018

The Director of HOME hopes to make Manchester a ‘sticky city’ and to collaborate with Mayor Andy Burnham on integrating culture into healthcare, housing and transport agendas.

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Manchester City Council has appointed Dave Moutrey, Director and Chief Executive of HOME, as its new Director of Culture. The part-time advisory role, which Moutrey will take on for one day a week while retaining his responsibilities at HOME, focuses on policy and strategy. It was previously held... read more