Friday, 22 February 2019
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Just months after Liverpool Everyman was forced to drop out of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio, more core funded organisations are reported as facing major risks.

A growing number of large, core-funded arts organisations are at risk of failing to meet their goals and face serious problems relating to issues including poor leadership and financial performance, Arts Council England has admitted. Six months after ACE’s 2018-22 group of National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) was established, the number of organisations being classified as facing a “major risk... read more
Friday, 22 February 2019

Digital skills are spread thin in cultural organisations, with only one in six of those in the most senior strategic roles identifying web or digital activity as forming a part of their work.

The more senior an employee is in their organisation, the less connection they have with web and digital work, new research into pay and earnings in the arts and cultural sector has revealed. The ArtsPay 2018 survey found that only a quarter of all senior staff described web or digital activity as... read more
Friday, 22 February 2019

A new statement from the Creative Europe Desk UK says previous promises of full access to the programme until December 2020 are “unlikely” to be possible if the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal. 

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Arts organisations in the UK have been warned that March 2019 may be the final month they can apply to Europe’s largest culture funding programme if the country crashes out of the European Union (EU) without a trade deal. A new briefing from the UK branch of the EU’s Creative Europe programme says... read more
Thursday, 21 February 2019

The Association of Colleges warns that the skills gap will continue to widen and UK prosperity will be at further risk without an extra £1000 per student.

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The Government’s new technical qualifications – due to be phased in as an alternative to A Levels from 2020 – will fail without a significant increase to school funding, an education pressure group has warned. The Association of Colleges (AOC) says the incoming ‘T Level’ qualification requires... read more
Thursday, 21 February 2019

A new guide to evaluating arts and cultural learning explains the importance of sharing  evidence to help organisations improve their work.

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Arts organisations, funders, schools and teachers are being given new guidance on how to incorporate evidence and evaluation into their work. A handbook produced by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), aims to support all cultural and educational... read more
Thursday, 21 February 2019

A three-year project delivered by five universities in the North East helped hundreds of creative businesses test new ways of working.

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The way success for small creative businesses is usually measured is outdated and does not reflect common professional ambitions, a new report claims.   Assessing a three-year project to support innovation and growth among ‘microbusinesses’ in the North East, it says that the ability to procure... read more
Friday, 15 February 2019

A proposed extension to the Freedom of Information Act would see leisure trusts, which increasingly run arts services, returned to “direct public scrutiny”.

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The Information Commissioner (ICO) has challenged parliament to take “urgent action” to close a loophole in transparency laws that is allowing some local authority-funded arts services to be exempt from public requests about internal communications and financial activity. The ICO says it is... read more
Friday, 15 February 2019

The proportion of ‘unknown’ data on ethnicity at large organisations has rocketed up, raising serious questions about the quality of data.

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People who identify as BME and disabled remain under-represented in the largest core-funded arts organisations in the country, despite four years of being required to publish diversity data, a new report from Arts Council England (ACE) reveals. Just 5% of National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) staff... read more
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Friday, 15 February 2019

Detailed information on the demographics of the creative workforce has been released for the first time in seven years.

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The youngest segment of the UK workforce is still significantly under-represented in cultural professions, new research reveals. Just 2% of the cultural sector is made up of people aged 16-19, despite these making up 3.2% of the working population – a representation gap of over a third. Charity... read more
Friday, 15 February 2019

Ministers have been warned that plans for a new Governmental culture champion have been met with ‘mixed’ reaction from the sector.

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A dedicated fund to support culture in rural areas is one of the ideas proposed by respondents to the Scottish Government’s consultation on its proposed draft cultural strategy. A report on responses to the consultation says that a “Cultural Sustainability Fund for rural Scotland” was suggested, as... read more
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Friday, 15 February 2019

The increase has been attributed to a 2m growth in tourist visits in one year.

Scotland’s heritage sector makes important contributions to economic growth, wellbeing and reducing carbon emissions in the country, a new report finds.  Over £4bn was generated for the Scottish economy by the country’s heritage sector in 2017-18, driven by increasing numbers of tourist visits. 18... read more
Friday, 08 February 2019

Annually Funded Organisations are suffering “damage to long-term sustainability”, having slashed marketing budgets in the face of core funding cuts of almost 40% over three years.

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Arts attendance in Northern Ireland is falling rapidly as cash-strapped venues rein in their spending on programming, artists and marketing, research commissioned by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) has found. The internal report, released following a Freedom of Information request by... read more