Arts Council England

Arts and older people funds

Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation have unveiled the four successful applicants to their jointly funded Arts and older people programme. The successful applicants are:

Arts for Health Cornwall & Scilly Isles, The Courtyard in Herefordshire, West Yorkshire’s We Do and Abbeyfield in Nottingham. Each organisation will receive a share of the £1m fund to deliver targeted activities aimed at reaching some of the 400,000 older people living in residential care.

Arts Council application process opens

Arts Council England has set out its investment plans for 2015-18 and opened a number of funding streams. Applications are now invited to join the Arts Council national portfolio as well as applications to revised strategic funds and Grants for the Arts.

Parliamentary discussions about wellbeing and culture

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Wellbeing met last week to discuss the role of culture in wellbeing. Invited speakers included Alan Davey from Arts Council England and Gareth Maeer from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Group is compiling a report about the impact of Government activity on wellbeing which will be published in 2014.

Arts Council portfolio plans

Arts Council England has published details of the process whereby it will refresh its portfolio of national organisations. Applications to become National Portfolio Organisations or Major Partner Museums will open in January, applications will need to be submitted by March with announcements in July. In January, ACE will also announce a full range of strategic and other funding schemes. Full details of the application process, how decisions will be made and other funding streams are on the ACE website.

Digital culture

New research by NESTA and Arts Council England into the ways in which arts organisations are utilising new technology shows that almost three-quarters of organisations now regard new technology as essential to their marketing, and over half see it as essential to their operations. Between 25 per cent and 50 per cent of organisations report that digital technologies are delivering them major positive impacts in terms of audience development, creative output and operating efficiency.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing - 11 December 2013

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing is running a series of events aimed at producing a report looking at how government policy can improve wellbeing. The first of these events is addressing the question - what can government do to increase the wellbeing generated by its subsidies to the arts.

It will take place between 17:30 and 19:00 on 11 December 2013 in Committee
Room 18 in the House of Commons.

London arts imbalance

Three arts researchers have produced a report looking at spending on the arts in London relative to the rest of the country. 'Rebalancing our Cultural Capital', claims that “in total in 2012/13 taxpayers from the whole of England provided benefit to London of £69 per head of population against £4.60 in the rest of the country.” In a response to the report, Arts Council England Chief Executive Alan Davey said: "Arts Council England welcomes the debate raised by Rebalancing Our Cultural Capital; the health of arts and culture in the regions is incredibly important.

Arts Council’s new plan

The Arts Council has updated its governing framework by publishing Great art and culture for everyone. While the central elements of the framework remain the same as those in place for the past two years, the document does place slightly more emphasis on the role the arts play in health and wellbeing.

Arts Council non–executives appointed

Arts Council England’s (ACE) non-executive governance structure has now been finalised. Five non-executive directors with backgrounds in charity governance, philanthropy and organisational change have been appointed to the National Council which is responsible for governance of ACE. As part of its slimmed down regional structure, five Area Councils have been created (North, Midlands, London, South East, South West).

Strategic Commissioning survey

A consortium led by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has been awarded funding from Arts Council England designed to help arts and cultural organisations to engage in public sector commissioning. The programme is hoping to provide a range of activities and advice for the arts, museums and libraries sectors.  It will also work to create a greater awareness amongst public service commissioners of the potential for arts and culture to deliver their outcomes.

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