Wednesday, 28 February 2024
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Arts Council England updates its reputational risk guidance for National Portfolio Organisations following concerns that original guidance could curtail freedom of expression.
Arts Council England has overhauled its guidance to regularly funded organisations, affirming that individual employees "have the right to express their personal views, within the bounds of the law". Previously, the relationship framework noted that reputational risk could be generated by both staff and "other individuals associated with the organisation acting in a personal capacity," warning... read more
Thursday, 29 February 2024

Spokesperson for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says concept of restricting audiences based on race is ‘concerning and divisive’.

Exterior of the Noel Coward Theatre in London's West End
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Linda Hartley/Creative Commons

Downing Street has criticised plans to stage performances of a play about slavery for “all-black-identifying audiences” as wrong. Two performances of Slave Play, a Broadway production which opens on 29 June and runs for two months at the Noël Coward Theatre, part of the Delfont Mackintosh chain... read more
Thursday, 29 February 2024

Concerns raised over female dancers returning to work too soon after giving birth, risking physical exhaustion and injury.

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Financial pressures and fear of losing essential work connections drive new mothers to return to work in dance before they are fully recovered, a study has found. Research about mothers in the dance sector conducted by charity Parents and Carers in Performing Arts (PiPA) and Canterbury Christ... read more
Wednesday, 28 February 2024

The Association of Independent Festivals urges government action after at least ten UK music festivals say they will not go ahead as planned this year due to rising costs. 

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Maxwell Collins via Unsplash

A growing number of music festivals located across the UK have been forced to postpone their event this year, while others have announced cancelling their event altogether, amid pressures relating to rising costs. In the last week, Scotland’s Connect Festival and Leicestershire’s 110 Above Festival... read more
Wednesday, 28 February 2024

Calls made for reform of local government funding system to avoid 'cherished services' being 'drastically scaled back or lost altogether'.

The exterior of Birmingham Rep Theatre
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Ross Jukes/Birmingham Rep Theatre

More than a third of local authorities need to make cost savings across museums, galleries, and theatres, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said. A survey by the organisation, which represents councils across England, found that 34 per cent reported the need to make cutbacks across arts... read more
Wednesday, 28 February 2024

Ahead of the Spring Budget on March 6, UK Music has appealed to the Chancellor to support the music sector, including an extension on Orchestra Tax Relief.

Crowd at a rock concert
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Yury Karamanenko

UK Music has urged Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to halve the VAT rate on gig tickets and introduce a range of other measures designed to support the music sector as part of next week's Spring Budget. At 20%, ticket VAT in the UK is nearly double the EU average of 10.3% and is the third highest in Europe... read more
Tuesday, 27 February 2024

Arts Council England is pursuing Mercury Prize winning musician Speech Debelle for around £100,000 in legal costs.

Speech Debelle, real name Corynne Elliot, performing at a music concert
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Piotr Drabik/Creative Commons

Arts Council England (ACE) is taking legal action to recover money it spent defending a claim of racial discrimination made by award-winning musician Speech Debelle, it has emerged. During a five-day employment tribunal hearing last October the artist, whose real name is Corynne Elliot, claimed... read more
Tuesday, 27 February 2024

The Open Fund supports activities initiated by artists, producers and creative practitioners across Scotland.

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Surge at Surge Festival

Creative Scotland has announced 36 recipients of the latest round of National Lottery’s Open Fund, with grants totalling more than £800,000.  One of Creative Scotland’s key funding routes, the Open Fund has no deadlines and supports activities initiated by artists, producers and creative... read more
Tuesday, 27 February 2024

Following an IPO-commissioned report, DCMS Minister Julia Lopez says government will not enforce equitable remuneration for music streaming and will instead convene a music industry working group to consider the matter.

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UK Parliament

DCMS Minister Julia Lopez has said the government does not intend to apply the broadcast model of equitable remuneration to on-demand streaming. In a letter addressed to DCMS Select Committee Chair Caroline Dinenage, dated 19 February, Lopez said the broadcast model, which would see musicians... read more
Tuesday, 27 February 2024

A new survey conducted by SOLT & UK Theatre has found that a higher rate of Theatre Tax relief drove the employment of nearly 15,000 people in the last financial year.

The cast of Guys & Dolls at The Bridge Theatre
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Manuel Harlan

The government's removal of a higher rate of tax relief for theatres will lead to a 30% drop in the number of productions staged, according to a new report.   Respondents to a survey conducted by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) & UK Theatre said that if the higher rate of Theatre Tax... read more
Monday, 26 February 2024

Survey commissioned by the National Lottery Heritage Fund highlights action being taken by heritage organisations in the face of budget pressures.

Front of Chiswick House in West London, UK.
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Anutr Tosirikul via iStock

Nearly three out of five heritage organisations have begun reducing the scope of their future plans because of financial stresses, while a third have already made cuts to existing programmes, services, access or facilities, according to a recent survey. In January 2024, 162 UK Heritage Pulse panel... read more
Friday, 23 February 2024

Birmingham City Council has announced plans to remove all financial support for its regularly funded arts organisations as part of a strict budget designed to save £300m over the next two years.

Clockwise from the top left: Ikon gallery, CBSO, Birmingham REP, Daria Stanciulescu as Fairy Carabosse (Birmingham Royal Ballet)
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Bs0u10e01, Andrew Fox, Ross Jukes, Tristram Kenton

Birmingham City Council (BCC) proposals to cease all grants to regularly-funded arts organisations by 2026 mark the “endgame” of 15 years of government cuts to local authorities, Sean Foley, Artistic Director at Birmingham Rep has said. Foley made the comments on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme... read more