National Campaign for the Arts pushes government on education

In a statement released after the general election, chair of the NCA, Samuel West, has expressed “huge concern” at the absence of arts in education n the conservative manifesto, and has called on the new government to “find more room in the Primary curriculum for the arts, ensure all schools are properly funded to allow for trips to theatres, museums and galleries and think again about the downgrading of arts subjects through their exclusion from the EBacc”.

Arts and culture organisations push parties ahead of General Election

A number of arts and culture organisations – including the Museums Association, One Dance UK, the Creative Industries Federation, and the Cultural Learning Alliance – have issued manifestos ahead of the general election. The Creative Industries Federation is also hosting a series of events at which leading figures from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party will speak about their party’s approach to the arts and creative industries and take part in a Q&A session.

London number three in world for cultural spending

The £1.6 billion spent on culture in the capital in 2014-15 is only exceeded by Paris and Moscow. Data from the World Cities Culture Finance Report (BOP consulting) also suggests that the London is unusual in receiving most of the country’s cultural spend.

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How important are the arts to healthy ageing? – 15 June 2017

If you work with older people or are interested in how the arts can maintain good health in later life, come along to our partnership event with RADA on Thursday 15 June at which we’ll be hosting an informative panel discussion on arts and ageing. This is an opportunity for you to bring your knowledge up to speed about recent successful projects using the arts to improve health and wellbeing in later life.

Our popular LAHF networking event in partnership with Paintings in Hospitals is back! – 14 June 2017

After a second sold-out Connect event last year, we’re pleased to announce that we will be holding another networking opportunity in partnership with Paintings in Hospitals.

Schools Minister calls on music hubs to tackle disadvantage

Following a Department for Education (DfE) review of England’s network of 121 music hubs over the past year, Schools Minister Nick Gibb has called for progress in engaging students facing disadvantage, or tackling special educational needs. Gibb has made it clear, however, that no more funding will be allocated until at least 2020.

Culture UK brings major organisations together to create new work

The new partnership consists of the BBC, Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland. Inspired in part by the Cultural Olympiad, themed projects will be developed to attract new audiences to the arts, and develop existing ones.

Poetry and opera will be the themes for 2017, and the centenary of women’s suffrage in 2018.

England’s most deprived areas set to benefit from “Great Place” funding

£10m each from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England will drive the pilot cultural regeneration scheme across England. The scheme will be rolled out to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland later in 2017.

HLF Chief Executive Ros Kerslake says that “the aim is to bring together National Lottery investment and local ambition, to make a difference to people across entire communities”.

The scheme has two main objectives:

Creative Industries Federation responds cautiously to Budget

The CIF remains concerned that the government's emphasis on science and tehcnology is shutting out the creative industries. Its Cheif Executive, John Kampfner, said that “New investment in digital infrastructure is welcome, but we remain worried that the role the creative industries play in innovation is being overlooked by the emphasis on innovation in science and tech".

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Huge increase in funds raised by National Portfolio Organisations

The increasing pressure on arts organisations to diversify their funding base has led to a massive upswing in additional funding, with Arts Council England’s NPOs raising £217m in 2015/16 through donations, sponsorship and membership - an increase of £31m on the previous year. For every pound of DCMS grant-in-aid funds awarded to the national portfolio, 77p was raised through fundraising.

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