Friday, 25 May 2018
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As around 40 arts organisations are told that their agreements with Southbank Centre are being terminated, ACE threatens to withhold funding from NPOs that fail to share their data.

General confusion and a growing state of panic have seen Southbank Centre cancel its data sharing agreements with around 40 arts organisations in a bid to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force today (25th May). Data sharing between NPOs became a condition of Arts Council England (ACE) funding in 2016 and any actions taken to unilaterally curtail or end... read more
Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Senior arts researchers have hit back at a report implying knowledge gaps in key policy areas, saying it highlights the Department’s limited awareness of existing research literature and lack of institutional memory.

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The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is calling on academics to conduct more research on key topics that it considers important for “good policy and decision making”, including place-making, diversity and digital preparedness. Outlined in the Department’s first ‘Areas of... read more
Friday, 25 May 2018

The comments, made at a panel event on arts education, come as the RSA launches a new network of cultural practitioners to better support the use of evidence in education.

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The arts and education sectors must collaborate more deeply to ensure parents value arts subjects and encourage their children to take them, or take up will continue to decline, Global Teacher of the Year Andria Zafirakou has warned. She urged the creative industries to come into schools to discuss... read more
Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The proposed 27% increase would take funding for the creative and cultural sector up to €1.9bn for the years 2021-27.

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The European Union (EU) is gearing up for a 27% increase to its culture budget for the next six-year funding round, taking available support for creative and cultural projects up to €1.9bn. This follows a decision by the European Commission to not merge funding for culture with other programmes,... read more
Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Exeter’s Spacex has marked its demise by publishing a satirical conversation around the imbalance of power between those in- and outside ACE’s regularly funded network.

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A South West visual arts organisation has been forced to close after more than four decades of operation as its programme has become “unsustainable” in the light of funding cuts. Spacex, which opened in Exeter in 1974, was the only dedicated contemporary visual art organisation in Exeter, having... read more
Friday, 18 May 2018

Music Education Hubs should lead the way in using music to address social need among children and young people, a report by Sound Connections has said.

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More strategic thinking about music provision for children and young people is needed from policy-makers, funders and music organisations to ensure social need is adequately addressed, an arts organisation has claimed. Charity Sound Connections has said ‘joined-up thinking’ could best be led by... read more
Friday, 18 May 2018

More than 2,500 PRS licence holders, including some theatres and concert venues, will be affected by the changes, which come into effect next month.

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The royalty rate for live popular music will increase for the first time since 1988, following a landmark ruling by the Copyright Tribunal. Affecting more than 2,500 individual licensing customers, the tariff for concerts and popular events will increase from 3% to 4% but drop from 3% to 2.5% for... read more
Friday, 18 May 2018

The National Lottery operator has said it hopes to increase returns for good causes by £80m by 2020, following a £300m fall in recent years.

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National Lottery operator Camelot has claimed impending game changes will allow it to increase sales and make small gains in the amount it generates for good causes, but it doesn’t foresee a return to the highs of recent years. Speaking at a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) inquiry, the operator... read more
Friday, 18 May 2018

Arts organisations in the North will be able to apply for up to £150k in a mixture of grant and loan funding for projects that deliver positive social impact.

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The Government has announced a new £3m social investment fund to support cultural and creative projects across the Northern Powerhouse areas, including Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Yorkshire. Drawn from the remnants of the £15m Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund, from which £11.3m was... read more
Friday, 18 May 2018

Researcher and composer Victoria Hume will take up the role at the new advocacy body in July.

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The newly-created Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance has selected its first Director as it begins a four-year period as one of Arts Council England’s Sector Support Organisations. Victoria Hume, a researcher and composer currently working on arts programmes with university and medical bodies in... read more
Friday, 11 May 2018

An evaluation of a £1m programme connecting arts organisations and care homes found much more needs to be done to extend the reach of quality arts for older people.

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A more widespread arts offer in care homes could help achieve the person-centred care agenda and potentially be more cost-effective than traditional care methods, a new report has concluded. Assessing the success of four partnership projects funded over a three-year period, it also notes clashing... read more
Friday, 11 May 2018

A £2.1m fall in the national funder’s annual NPO contingency budget means its ability to respond to requests for financial intervention will be reduced.

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A budget shortfall is forcing Arts Council England (ACE) to cut back on the financial support it provides to arts organisations in emergencies. The national funder budgeted a contingency of £5.5m per annum throughout the 2015-18 funding round, but has decreased this to £3.4m per annum for the 2018-... read more