Friday, 23 February 2018
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The national funder has announced a root and branch review of its funding processes following public outcry that led to it reversing cuts to five arts organisations.

Creative Scotland chiefs were hauled before a Scottish parliamentary committee this week to answer questions about a funding crisis that culminated in a humiliating climbdown on planned cuts for five organisations. Chief Executive of the national arts funder Janet Archer said she was “profoundly sorry” for any negative experiences felt by arts organisations, and agreed the debacle had “severely... read more
Friday, 23 February 2018

Despite a successful pilot programme in schools, no funding has been confirmed for the arts programme originally announce by David Cameron.

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A pilot arts programme for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, which was the pet project of former Prime Minister David Cameron, has successfully inspired engagement but now looks set to be dropped. Almost 800 young people aged 11 to 15 were reached through the £500k pilot of the Cultural... read more
Friday, 23 February 2018

New research by Arts Council England, produced to inform the Brexit negotiations, has highlighted the negative impact losing funding and free movement could have on the sector.

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Up to £40m a year in funding for arts and culture in England is estimated to be at risk because of Brexit, according to new research by Arts Council England (ACE). As well as highlighting potential lost funding, the research has found around half of arts workers are concerned about the impact... read more
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The digital art agency has described its reduced budget as “an excellent opportunity to sharpen our focus”.


Bill Cooper

The Space, the digital art agency jointly funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and the BBC, is preparing for a significant reduction in funding despite recent success in surpassing commission and viewing targets. ACE will provide the organisation with £3m in National Lottery funding for the next... read more
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Grant-giving will be disrupted for the next year, as the funder considers introducing loans and corporate funding objectives from 2019.

Battersea Arts Centre
The manner in which Heritage Lottery funding is distributed to arts organisations seeking to develop or maintain their buildings could change as the funder begins a public consultation on its priorities for 2019-2024. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is seeking opinions on simplifying its grant... read more
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A new report is heavily critical of the Mendoza Reivew, after identifying a gap between museum resources and the cost of acquiring art through auction.

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Funding for museums and galleries must be “urgently” increased, given evidence of stuttering wage-growth, falling investment and spiralling auction prices, a new report has concluded. Commissioned by Art Fund and the Wolfson Foundation, the report also criticises the recent Mendoza Review of the... read more
Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Arts Council Chair Sir Nicholas Serota will lead a team of 17 creative industry leaders to research the role that ‘creative thinking’ should play within education policy.

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Arts Council England (ACE) has announced next steps for its two-year research project into creativity and education, created in partnership with Durham University. 17 people from the cultural, education, business and policy sectors have been appointed to direct the ‘Durham Commission’ inquiry,... 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 ‘world first’ live music census also reveals key challenges for venues and information about the economic value of the industry.

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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... 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