Thursday, 18 April 2019
The auditorium at the Royal Opera House

At London’s Royal Opera House, 14 senior managers and a further 12 performers were paid over £100k in 2016/17, amounting to 17% of its annual Arts Council funding.

The 100 top executives at major arts institutions in England and Wales earn pay packages totalling over £10m a year, AP has discovered. At the nine organisations receiving Arts Council England (ACE) annual funding of £5m or more –  five of which are opera companies –  more than 30 managers earned six-figure salaries in 2016/17, at least one in each organisation. The pay figures, which include... read more
Thursday, 18 April 2019

New research will compare data on areas such as cross-visitation and dwell-time at some of England’s largest cultural institutions, including Tate and the British Museum.

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Some of the largest museums and galleries in England are to gain access to a new tool to help them compare their visitor experiences to those of other attractions. A consortium of 18 organisations, including the Tate group of galleries, the British Museum and Imperial War Museums, has contracted... read more
Thursday, 18 April 2019

Creative arts and design degree courses are among the least likely to attract BAME students. 

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University degree courses in arts subjects are among the least ethnically diverse in the country, new research by AP reveals. In 2017/18 undergraduate arts degree courses saw an 86% enrolment by students classified as white, placing arts degrees 15th out of 19 subject categories. This was down from... read more
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Thursday, 18 April 2019

A Lords Committee heard that Thanet has seen 84% growth in creative businesses between 2013 and 2016, following a long-term programme to support arts and culture.

A view from the Turner Contemporary, Margate
Investments in cultural projects and infrastructure will be essential to reviving struggling seaside towns, according to a new House of Lords report. Peers say that landmark arts interventions, such as the opening of Turner Contemporary in Margate, can help areas “re-invent themselves” and... read more
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Thursday, 18 April 2019

New analysis of European data finds growth in culture spending across Europe is driven by the countries in the East of the continent, which doubled their culture spend.

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Local government funding for culture is a lower budget priority in the UK than in almost any other country in Europe, new data suggests. A study of recently-released European Union (EU) data shows that total local authority spending in the UK constituted just 0.1% of the country’s GDP in 2017. By... read more
Friday, 12 April 2019

In a consultation on its new 10-year strategy, the funder also heard from ‘many’ that funding should be reduced for the largest organisations, and that it is seen as using too much jargon.

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Arts Council England (ACE) has admitted that its “intuitive” funding portal Grantium, intended to “bring [ACE] into the 21st Century”, is seen within the sector as a failure. Summarising comments from a public consultation into the funder’s upcoming 10-year strategy, the national funder conceded... read more
Friday, 12 April 2019

A new report reveals the impact of Wales’ arts-based creative learning programme as it enters its final year of funding.

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Almost 100,000 pupils in Welsh state schools have been reached by the country’s pioneering arts education scheme, Creative Learning through the Arts. The latest programme evaluation reveals that 91,000 learners – from 63% of schools in Wales – have learned about arts and culture, participated in... read more
Friday, 12 April 2019

The loss of local authority funding will lead to a reduction in the number of plays produced by The Dukes theatre each year, and a merging of two senior roles.

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Lancaster’s The Dukes theatre has announced that its widely acclaimed Artistic Director will have to leave in the autumn as part of a restructuring process. Sarah Punshon – who joined the organisation in 2017, taking full control of its artistic programme last year – will leave in August as the... read more
Friday, 12 April 2019

Researchers say parents and carers are being “pushed out” of arts careers due to low wages and a lack of job security.

Four out of every ten people who leave careers in the performing arts do so because of the difficulty of balancing the work with being a parent, new research suggests. The survey of over 2,000 current or former arts workers, carried out by Parents and Carers in Performing Arts (PiPA) and Birkbeck,... read more
Friday, 12 April 2019

A planning condition will prevent any future residents in a housing development adjacent to The Stables in Milton Keynes from submitting private nuisance complaints about the noise.

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Milton Keynes music venue The Stables has secured legal protection against potentially costly noise complaints thanks to a planning decision that concludes a long-running dispute with a property developer. Milton Keynes councillors have placed a condition on an application from Abbey Homes to build... read more
Friday, 05 April 2019

The number of partnerships connected to the Without Walls consortium, one of Arts Council England’s new core-funded organisations, will expand to involve 36 members.

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A major network of festivals in England has doubled in size, expanding activity to new parts of the country for the first time. Without Walls (WW), a consortium of outdoor arts events targeted at people in towns and cities with lower levels of cultural engagement, has grown to 36 partners –... read more
Friday, 05 April 2019

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has reported that average ticket prices have risen above the rate of inflation over the last three years.

Belfast Grand Opera House
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) has warned the 106 organisations in its Annual Funding Programme that inflation-busting increases in ticket prices risk preventing the most disadvantaged groups in society from accessing their work. ACNI’s report on the annual survey completed by the... read more