Wednesday, 02 December 2020
A £16.5m commitment to the creative and visitor sectors in Tees Valley will be supporting long-term recovery by attracting new events to the region, growing local festivals, encouraging business development and boosting the region’s profile as a visitor destination. The investment pledge has been made by The Tees Valley Combined Authority Cabinet in response to a projected 48% loss to Tees Valley... read more
Tuesday, 01 December 2020
A £2.5million creative arts hub in Coventry will provide “a space for future generations of artists and creative engineers”. As well as being home to five of the city’s arts organisations  – Imagineer, Highly Sprung, Media Mania, Open Theatre and Talking Birds - The Daimler Powerhouse will focus primarily on outdoor arts and will deliver training programmes aimed at young people and people with... read more
Tuesday, 01 December 2020
The National Theatre is making its archive of filmed plays available on subscription or for a one-off payment through ‘National Theatre At Home’, a new streaming service. This includes plays that have previously been shown in cinemas or were streamed for free at the start of the pandemic. Plays that haven’t previously been screened will also be available and new titles will be added each month.... read more
Tuesday, 01 December 2020
Plans are taking shape for a three-storey, 7000 sq ft building to become a hub for nurturing fresh talent, offering skills support and collaborative opportunities to artists in Nottingham. Five entrepreneurs – a venue and club operator, a community project producer, two events promoters and a digital marketeer – have taken on the lease of Fisher Gate Point, which was originally used as a factory... read more
Tuesday, 01 December 2020
Aberystwyth University is consulting with the public about its music provision, aiming to spread the benefits of its facilities and expertise more widely in the local community. Looking beyond Covid, the University says it want to provide a varied and stimulating musical experience and share this with as many people as possible. The outcome of the consultation will be used to draft a vision... read more
Tuesday, 01 December 2020
A new community arts centre in the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh will be based in a 19th century Gothic church. A partnership with the diocese of Edinburgh will mean the new Centre, known as Craigmillar Now, will be able to support contemporary local artists and their work, and present a programme of residencies, workshops, exhibitions and events. Residents in the area are helping to develop a... read more
Thursday, 26 November 2020
Several Lottery-funded Christmas pantomimes may have to be cancelled following news of England's Tier 3 areas. Manchester Opera House, Bristol Hippodrome, Theatre Royal Newcastle, Regent Theatre Stoke on Trent, Theatre Royal Nottingham and Birmingham Hippodrome are unable to hold in-person performances based on the new restrictions. Lottery operator Camelot has been approached for comment. Sector... read more
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Urgent interventions made by Camelot to minimise the effects of Covid-19 on National Lottery sales succeeded in reversing an initial 18% hit to income at the start of the pandemic. By the end of September, sales for the first six months of the financial year 2020/21 were down by just 1.7% – a decrease of £67m. Online activity accounted for over 42% of all sales, growing by £455m to reach £1,619m... read more
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Local MP and former DCMS Minister Helen Grant has stepped in to urge Maidstone Council to save the Hazlitt Theatre. The Council is preparing to end its contract with the management company Parkwood Theatres in order to “bring the building back under council control so we can better manage the finances around it”. Council leader Martin Cox said they would “review the re-opening of the theatre,... read more
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
BHLive, operator of council-owned Fairfield Halls in the London borough of Croydon, made the last of their staff at the venue redundant at the end of October, just days after it was awarded a £2.5m Culture Recovery grant. 30 senior, full-time jobs there have been made redundant by BHLive since August, in addition to the 80 part-time and casual roles that were terminated in June. Fairfield Halls... read more
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
The Musicians' Union is calling on Ministers to issue “more pragmatic and clearer guidance” on out-of-school music learning under the new tiered restrictions that will apply after 2nd December at the end of England’s current lockdown. The Union is contesting the government’s current classification of music classes or drama tuition as “extracurricular and therefore inessential”. It highlights... read more
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
With a £23m drop in income expected for 2020/21 and a predicted shortfall of £15m next year, the Science Museum Group has announced more measures to help mitigate losses. These will include moving to five-day opening outside of holiday periods and up to 95 redundancies initially. As well as “significant cost-saving measures already taken and others planned” there will be a six-month strategic... read more
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Oglesby Charitable Trust will invest £150,000 over five years to help develop creative projects in Manchester. SICK! Productions will use the funding on a 10-year programme addressing mental health, social inequities, end of life care, disability and gender - topics it says have become ever more relevant amid the impact of coronavirus on communities. Projects will be co-developed with locals and... read more
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
DCMS says it does not have a date for announcing successful applicants for the last rounds of the Culture Recovery Fund. Loans of more than £3m and a capital grants programme are yet to be publicly confirmed despite award applicants being told they would hear the initial outcome of their applications mid-October, and Arts Council England saying the finance would be distributed before December... read more
Monday, 23 November 2020
Plans for the former home of French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine to be turned into an arts and education centre have ground to a halt after Michael Corby, the benefactor who promised to bequeath the historic building to the charity a decade ago, changed his will and decided to sell the house on the open market. The CEO of the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation only found out about the sale... read more

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