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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2003 2:05 pm 
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An interesting piece about company responsibility to "children and vulnerable adults". I imagine that this will include dancers with eating disorders:

ACE tightens child safety guidelines
by Jeremy Austin for The Stage

Theatre companies working with children must insist on employees undertaking even more stringent and intrusive checks under new contractual obligations set out by Arts Council England.

From this new financial year all ACE funding agreements state that anyone receiving funding is "responsible for being fully aware of issues about protection of children and vulnerable adults. You should consider any possible risk involved in the funded activities and take appropriate action to protect everyone involved". It goes on to insist that organisations "must adopt and carry out a written policy and set of procedures to protect children and vulnerable adults".

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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2003 2:16 am 
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Granting success
Criticisms made in the recent National Audit Office's second report on Lottery projects should not overshadow the remarkable achievements of the past decade, argues AK Bennett-Hunter in The Stage.

Many of the current generation of arts administrators, when they die, will be found to have the words "Lottery Capital Fund" engraved on their hearts. In some cases they will be carved with pride and gilded with success, in others they will resemble the eroded moss-covered legend of a Victorian graveyard headstone.

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New chair for Arts Council
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Frayling is rector of the Royal College of Art
Art historian Sir Christopher Frayling is to take over from Gerry Robinson as the new chair of Arts Council England.
Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell made the appointment, describing Sir Christopher as a "mighty advocate for the arts and culture in England".

Mr Robinson has spent five years at the arts body and is credited with securing massive increases to the arts from government funding and modernising the structure of the organisation.

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Press release from Arts council England

Appointment of Sir Christopher Frayling as new Arts Council Chairman
08/12/2003

Commenting on the announcement today that Sir Christopher Frayling has been appointed as the new Chairman of Arts Council England, Gerry Robinson, the outgoing Chairman said:

'Christopher's appointment is marvellous news for the arts and for the Arts Council. He’ll make an outstanding Chairman. His commitment to the arts and culture is second to none. With his wealth of experience at the Royal College of Art and the Design Council - and as a former member of the Arts Council - Christopher is the perfect choice for the Arts Council.

'My time as Chairman of the Arts Council has been one of the most rewarding periods of my life. I feel genuinely that with Christopher Frayling taking over from me, supported by an excellent Chief Executive in Peter Hewitt, the Arts Council is in good hands.'

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Gerry Robinson will step down as Chairman of Arts Council England in January 2004. He was appointed to the post in May 1998. During his Chairmanship, Treasury funding for the arts has increased from £189.6 million (1998/99) to £412 million by the end of the current spending round period (2005/06). In addition, the arts were given a second seven year period as a National Lottery good cause. He led the merger of the old Arts Council of England with the 10 separate regional arts boards to create a single funding and development body for the arts.

Gerry Robinson is currently a Non-Executive Director of Granada and Chairman of Allied Domecq. The second series of Gerry's business advice programme, I'll Show Them Who's Boss, will be broadcast on BBC2 next year.


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The first interview with Sir Christopher Frayling in his new role as Chairman of the Arts Council. I'm surprised that this unpaid job only has 12 hours per week allocated to it:

'In the arts, we always get to the finals'
By Simon Tait for The Independent

"Someone needs to put the art back into the Arts Council, treat it as more than just a cashpoint machine with a rather complex pin number." And Sir Christopher Frayling, whose words they are, is just the man.

It's the kind of slick street analogy that infuriates artists, a dumbing down. But brace yourself: you've four years of it to come and Sir Christopher intends to become ubiquitous.

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Olympic threat to arts funding
by Ruth Gillespie for The Stage

Lottery funds available to British theatres risk being raided by the government in support of its bid to host the 2012 Olympics, two senior industry campaigners have warned.

Theatres Trust director Peter Longman is claiming that the prospect of using lottery money to pay for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London was causing "considerable uncertainty" in the industry. He added: "We don't yet know how much it is likely to cost and whether money will be taken away from other areas to fund it."

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Government moves cautiously on West End report
by Jeremy Austin for The Stage

Government and industry have begun looking at ways of addressing the issues raised in the joint Theatres Trust/Society of London Theatre report into West End venues, arts minister Estelle Morris has revealed.

But while a series of meetings has been arranged with the document's authors, as well as Westminster and Camden local authorities, the Lottery distributors and Arts Council England, Morris said the government still has many reservations about using public funding to help commercial enterprises.

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In harm’s way
By Anthony Field for The Stage

Little did I really think that my occasional articles in The Stage from 1990 to 2004 about the destruction of the Arts Council of Great Britain would so swiftly develop into the politicians’ present moves to take over control of the arts and cultural scene completely.

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The Cultural State
on BBC Radio4 (available on the Internet)

The BBC is mounting a 5-part series about the development of the UK Arts Council and the programmes are available on BBC Radio4 website for one week after broadcast. I enjoyed the first part and the series is well worth a listen if you are interested in the theme of state funding of the arts. In the first programme there are a lot of reminiscences from audiences and artists about the early years, starting with the Second World War. One woman is inspired to a lifetime of ballet going after seeing the Bolshoi.

Click here to go to the Radio4's "Factual Page" and scroll down to "Cultural State, The". For those who become hooked, the live broadcasts go out from 0900-0930 on Mondays. But remember only the most recent programme will be available for one week.

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Government should think twice before scrapping arts council
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Perhaps in time the people with most cause to rue the passing of the post-war arts funding system will turn out to be the very politicians who have tried so hard to hasten its demise.

For decades, first the Arts Council of Great Britain and then its successors for England, Wales and Northern Ireland have provided a safety buffer between the state and the objects of its patronage.

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Arts Council England and the Lottery form a vital part of the funding of UK dance:

Time needed to find friends in high places
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The chief executive of Arts Council England lays himself open to misinterpretation when he announces that he is “trying to develop ACE’s involvement in the arts”. Given the first word in the organisation’s title, it would be tempting to wonder what ACE and its predecessors have been doing with public money during the last half century.

In fact the statement acknowledges merely the innate tendency of large institutions to lose connection with the people they serve, with the various arts councils preoccupied first with their very survival, latterly with the National Lottery.

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Hewitt takes sabbatical to campaign for ACE’s future
By Alistair Smith for The Stage


Arts Council England has announced that it will release its chief executive Peter Hewitt on a fact-finding mission in an attempt to secure long-term funding and devise a future strategy for the organisation.

Hewitt’s contract has been extended to January 2008 but he will be relieved of his day-to-day responsibilities between January and April 2005 to allow him to devote himself to talks with government officials and key figures in the arts community, prior to next year’s general election.

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Councils swing axe over arts funding
By Jeremy Austin for The Stage

Theatre companies preparing for a predicted £30 million shortfall in Arts Council England income over the next three years were warned this week to expect even worse news from their other main funder.

Chair of the National Association of Local Government Arts Officers Sue Isherwood said cuts by local councils - which provide more than 50% of all core revenue grants to arts groups - are now inevitable.

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ACE salaries rocket as arts funding stays frozen
By Jeremy Austin for The Stage


Arts Council England salaries have increased by an average of 66% in the past six years, despite a £10 million reorganisation in 2001 which was designed to cut costs, new research has revealed.

The figures, compiled by arts researcher Charles Morgan and published in Arts Professional, compare the state of the arts council at the time of the arrival of chief executive Peter Hewitt and former chairman Gerry Robinson, with that outlined in the annual report for 2003/4.

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Muddled thinking behind ACE’s funding is an own goal
From The Stage

It will not be popular to say so but Arts Council England’s rocketing salaries bill has had no direct influence on the decision by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to freeze the funding body’s income over the next three years.

This will have little impact on those clients who must prepare now to suffer the effects of what amounts to a £30 million shortfall in spending resulting from the DCMS financial squeeze.

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Jowell launches award for arts achievement
by Ruth Gillespie for The Stage


Culture secretary Tessa Jowell has launched a national award for achievement in the arts modelled on the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, which it is hoped will encourage more young people to become involved in the industry.

The Young People’s Arts Award, which is currently being piloted in more than 100 youth organisations throughout the country, will be aimed at 13 to 25-year-olds and will be run by Arts Council England.

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