Friday, 24 September 2021
The Government's insurance scheme for events has officially opened with an extra £50m to cover potential Covid-related cancellations. £800m will be available to event organisers which have purchased standard cover at least 12 weeks out from the date. The scheme's start was delayed by a day as the Government finalised arrangements with insurers. Munich Re, Beazley, Arch, Dale, and Ark are carriers... read more
Thursday, 23 September 2021
A grants programme to help UK music companies market their products and projects overseas has been given a £330,000 boost. The Music Export Growth Scheme gives grants of £5,000 to £50,000. The extra finance was announced this week as part of a package of measures in the Department for International Trade's (DIT) new 'Made in Britain, Sold to the World' campaign. Museums will also benefit from new... read more
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Ipswich Council has granted planning permission for St Clement's Church to be repurposed into an arts centre and music venue. Planning officers said the scheme would "add significantly to the vitality and viability of the town centre". Councillor Carole Jones added: "Everybody would wish to see this beautiful building brought back into some use for the benefit of the community." Work is expected... read more
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Swansea Council has opened a £50,000 Cultural Fund to help its local arts and culture sector bounce back from the pandemic. Swansea-based freelancers and organisations working in arts, culture and heritage can claim up to £1,500. "We know that with lost income and more pressure on audiences' purses than ever, the costs of staging events or concerts will be daunting for some local groups. This is... read more
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
47% of independent cinemas, film festivals and exhibitors are operating at a loss, according to a new survey by the Independent Cinema Office (ICO). 38% of respondents said they need further support to cover loss of income, with 24% adding they won't survive into 2022.  The ICO said the results show reopening “continues to be a very risky operating environment”. “Cinemas are trying to find a... read more
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Firstsite Colchester has won £100,000 and the title of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021. The art gallery, which celebrates its 10th birthday this month, has transformed since losing its National Portfolio Organisation status in 2015. The prize's judges lauded the centre for its relationships with artists and efforts in the community.  During the pandemic, it loaned its building to neighbouring... read more
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Data from the last quarter of 2020 has revealed Tate Modern to be the most visited museum in England last year. The museum attracted 160,814 visits from October to December - whilst coronavirus restrictions were still in place - pushing the The Natural History Museum and The Science Museum into second and third place respectively. Altogether, it welcomed 1.43 million people in 2020 despite the... read more
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Work has begun on Blackpool’s Showtown Museum after delays caused by the pandemic. The £13m project, which will tell the story of Blackpool and its role in British entertainment history, is expected to be completed by April 2023. It will be located on the town’s Golden Mile inside the Sands Building, which will also feature Blackpool’s first five-star hotel. Described as the “jewel in the crown”... read more
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Music and theatre venues are calling for Northern Ireland's Executive to end its one-metre social distancing rule. The restriction has meant many venues are yet to reopen, with those hosting events saying they are not financially viable. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK without a full reopening date for indoor venues, or the ability to operate without capacity restrictions. Stormont... read more
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Performers face financial hardship if the Government proceeds with plans to cut a £20 per week Universal Credit uplift. 53% of Equity members in a new survey said the policy would hurt them. 41% said they would be unable to meet essential costs, with a third unable to continue seeking work in the industry. Equity believes the cut will have an even more pronounced impact on younger talent,... read more
Monday, 20 September 2021
Educational arts charity Art UK has opened an auction fundraiser which will split proceeds equally between all participating artists. Buy Art To Help Art UK features a live auction at London's Cromwell Place on September 29 and an online auction, now open for bids until September 30. The auctions include work from over 140 artists priced from £50 to £50,000, but proceeds will be split equally... read more
Monday, 20 September 2021
North East Lincolnshire Council has appointed creative consultants Beam to determine its new culture and heritage strategy. The council decided in 2017 to outsource its next cultural strategy. Cabinet Minister for Culture Callum Procter said “it’s now time update our work and build on the firm foundations now in place”. The area has recently benefited from funding through the Cultural Development... read more
Monday, 20 September 2021
The heritage sector has criticised new Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries’ decision to overturn Dorman Long Tower’s Grade II-listed status on her first evening in office, causing the building to be demolished on Sunday (September 19). The 1950s Brutalist building had been added to the National Heritage List for England earlier in the week following the recommendation of Historic England, who valued... read more
Friday, 17 September 2021
Birmingham 2022 has released details of the six-month festival set to run across the West Midlands as part of the Commonwealth Games. The £12m festival will showcase art, photography, dance, theatre and digital commissions between March and October next year. It will open with a new production, Wondrous Stories, performed by Leamington Spa-based dance circus company Motionhouse. The festival's... read more
Thursday, 16 September 2021
£500,000 of unclaimed money has been granted to a development programme for Northern Irish arts organisations. Arts & Business NI received the Dormant Accounts Fund NI award to support its new programme Blueprint. It is the first strategic grant awarded by fund after Northern Ireland's Department of Finance opened applications in January. Blueprint is a five-year partnership programme to help... read more

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