The Midlands, home to over 10 million people, is a major focus for the Government through the Midlands Engine - a coalition of councils, local enterprise partnerships, universities and businesses working with Government to build on innovation, investment and international trade, increase business skills, and continue to make the Midlands a great place to live.
Sheffield-based social enterprise Key Fund has been chosen to distribute £3 million to creative and cultural organisations across the North of England.
The Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund was launched as part of 2018's Great Exhibition of the North legacy. The fund will provide grants or loans up to £150,000 for organisations that provide "meaningful social impact" on their communities.
2018 is the 25th anniversary of Studio Wayne McGregor!
To celebrate, we want to give 15,000 hours of space to artists through our FreeSpace programme, helping them to share their time and skills with others.
Creative Industries Minister Margot James has confirmed an extra £1 million of funding for the creative industries, to a total of £5 million, to promote the "best of British" abroad. The funding boost will support UK businesses attending the Shanghai International Advertising Festival, a new China-UK film exchange to help increase co-productions between the countries, and support an increased British presence at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Festivals have formed and will finance the PLACE (Platforms for Creative Excellence) programme, intended to increase the reach of the renowned annual festivals' work. They have committed £15 million across the next five years. PLACE will be supported and administered by Creative Scotland.
Projects announced to recieve money from the first three years of funding (£5.8 million) are:
British Council, Farnham Maltings (under Caravan, its international strand) and the High Commission of Canada in the UK have joined to deliver New Conversations, a project aimed at benefitting the performing arts sectors in both the UK and Canada.
Research conducted by the Theatres Trust, in conjunction with UK Theatre and SOLT, has found that more than £550million is needed over the next five years for capital projects to upgrade and maintain theatres across the UK.
This figure is based on responses from almost 150 theatres, which represents 10% of active theatres in the UK. Collectively they have spent almost £312million upgrading and maintaining theatre buildings in the past five years.
Arts Council England has opened its consultation to help define its strategy for 2020-2030 including advocacy, development and investment.
Before having your say on the future strategy, read 'Shaping the next ten years' which includes useful background information. The questions you will be helping to answer focus on:
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has published performance indicators for its 15 sponsored museums in 2017/18.
The key findings are:
Arts Council England conducted their first ever year-in-review live from Nottingham's Broadway Cinema and Arts Centre on 25 September 2018.
The video details how they'e supported arts and culture in the 12 months since last September, talk about the coming year and answer public questions.
You can also watch the introductory message by the Chair of the Arts Council, Nick Serota, here.
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