Surveys and consultations

Government reviews role of Heritage Lottery Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced a review to assess whether the two should remain as non-departmental public bodies, and whether HLF funding is fairly distributed across the UK. It is calling for evidence by 6 April 2017 on how they "engage with the public and work with partners across the country".

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Cultural value scoping

Following the report of the AHRC Cultural Value Project earlier this year, King’s College London is undertaking a scoping project to explore how research into the impact of culture on society might best be supported in the future.

Older people’s dance survey

Community dance organisation People Dancing has published a survey providing a snapshot of current practice in older people’s dance. The survey aimed to “seek expert views from those working on the ground about conditions for success”.

The publication - co-commissioned with arts charity Aesop - is intended as a guide to support community dance artists in the delivery of their work with older people and aims to complement existing knowledge and act as a reference resource.

13% annual cuts to local authority arts spending

The results of Arts Development UK’s annual survey of local authority spending on the arts shows a projects fall of £26m (13%) in the current year as opposed to 2015/16.

The survey finds what AD:UK refers to as a “steady erosion” in arts spending and that “the landscape is changing with several authorities losing their arts service this year and a reduction in the number of smaller authorities able to take part in the survey.”

The Benefit of Singing on Health and Wellbeing

An international study examining whether singing in a choir has a positive effect on health and wellbeing is calling for input from choir members.

All information provided through the study is given is anonymous and voluntary. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/32DJB5Z

ACE review

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced a “tailored review” of Arts Council England and is asking for feedback on the organisation’s functions, efficiency and effectiveness.

The deadline for feedback is 20 September 2016.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/tailored-review-of-arts-council-england

Museums review

The Government is undertaking a review of museums to explore the ways in which museums can better increase participation from all members of society. The review will examine the ways in which museums can contribute to the health and wellbeing of local populations.

The Government has made clear that free admission to museums will not be changed and is not part of the review. Comments, feedback and submissions are sought from people who use or work with museums, as well as from museums themselves. The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2016.

National Theatre to launch listening project in response to referendum

One-to-one conversations will be designed to discern as wide a range of attitudes as possible to the UK and its future.

The project will inform the future direction of the National. Artistic director, Rufus Norris, says:

“Art always responds to the time. And this has been a huge wake-up call for all of us to realise that half the country feels that they have no voice. If we are going to be a national organisation we must speak to and for the nation. Our principal response initially is to listen: to listen to that voice and art will follow from that.

ACE responds to sector survey

Changes will be made to Arts Council England’s investment priorities after over 1,000 responses to its survey.

ACE has set out the following changes:

What does cultural leadership mean to you?

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies is conducting a series of surveys to find out what cultural leadership means to the sector. The results will inform the World Summit discussion paper, which will in turn inform D’Art 52: Cultural leadership in the 21st century.

Read more and take part in the survey here

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