Visit a recent blog by Arts Council England’s Executive Director Liz Bushell to read her thoughts on the organisations gender pay gap and the importance of diversity in the Arts Council workforce. The blog also contains a link to a PDF outlining a detailed breakdown of the gender pay gap at Arts Council England and information about how they are reviewing their processes and public perceptions of the Arts Council as an employer.
Care about the future of arts, museums and libraries in England? Arts Council England want to know your thoughts on their strategic direction for 2020 to 2030.
“We want to make sure arts, musems and libraries in England are thriving for the next decade, and we want your thoughts about how best we can do that. That’s why for the next 12 weeks (until 11 April) we’re working with insight and strategy specialists BritainThinks to have an open conversation with anyone that has a stake in or an opinion on the future of arts and culture in England. This is the first in five phases we’ll go through to shape our strategy for 2020-30.”
For the next 12 weeks (until 11 April) they are working with insight and strategy specialists BritainThinks to have an open conversation with anyone that has a stake in or an opinion on the future of arts and culture in England. Find out more here.
In March 2018, ACE will be hosting a series of briefing events across England to support museums and galleries to understand and benefit from the Museum and Gallery Exhibitions Tax Relief.
ACE anticipate a high demand for these events and so will be restricting attendance to one person per organisation.
To maximise the benefit of these events, it is strongly recommend that the person responsible for financial management at your organisation should attend.
Briefings taking place in the North are:
- Leeds, 1.30pm Tuesday 20 March – Thackary Museum
- Manchester, 1pm Thursday 22 March – Friends Meeting House
- Newcastle, 1pm Wednesday 21 March – Discovery Museum
For more information and details on how to book click here.
Arts Council England have commissioned two new independent reports which highlight significant economic growth in arts and culture.
This report is an update of the Centre for Economics and Business Research’s (Cebr) 2015 study, on behalf of Arts Council England, on the contribution made by the arts and culture industry to the UK’s national and regional economies.
The report includes new figures that show;
- New figures show the arts and culture industry has grown 10% in a year, and now contributes £8.5bn to the UK economy. More than double that of the Premier League.
- There were £5.2bn exports of arts and culture goods and services in 2013, more than 3 times that of UK film sector. With 84% going outside the EU.
- Culture pays £2.6bn in taxes, £5 for every £1 of public funding.
To download the reports please click here.
Arts Council England would love to speak to your audiences
Arts Council England are currently conducting a research study looking into live-to-digital content generation and consumption.
To help with part of this research, they are looking for a number of arts and cultural organisations help them get 5 minute online survey out to a diverse, arts-engaged audience across a range of art forms – and they are particularly interested in hearing from people who are interested in museums – so we said we’d try to help by encouraging some of our members/contacts to share the survey. They want to get responses from everyone, from those who engage with digital arts day-to-day to those who’ve never come across anything of the sort – so every response is really valuable.
This could be via a number of means, for example, sharing a link to the survey on your social media page, including it in a scheduled newsletter, or by a direct mail to your contacts. If you’re keen to help, then it would be very much appreciated! Some additional information is below.
What is the survey about?
The survey aims to explore live-to-digital across a range of art forms, to assess the impact it is having, and to understand future potential. It will include questions for participants around:
- Who they are, how often they consume live-to-digital (if at all), and for which art forms
- Opinions of live-to-digital and how it compares with the ‘real world’ experience (if applicable)
- Motivations and barriers to engaging with live-to-digital content
- What types of live-to-digital content they would be interested in engaging with in future
The survey has 13 questions, and there will be a prize draw for those taking part, with the opportunity to win an iPad mini or one of 5 runner-up prizes of £20 in M&S vouchers.
How can you help?
You can help by getting the survey link out to your audience any way you like – for example, by doing one or more of the following:
- Posting the survey link to your social media channels
- Putting a link to the survey onto your website
- Incorporating the survey link into part of a regular newsletter you send out
- Sending the survey link to your mailing list as a one-off mail
What will happen to the information collected?
The information will be collected and stored by a research agency called MTM, in accordance with the Market Research Society (MRS) Code of Conduct – data will be analysed in aggregate only and respondents will remain anonymous.
The data gathered will feed into a wider report on live-to-digital, to be published via Arts Council England’s website later in 2017. It will build on the previous research study which looked at live-to-digital in the context of theatre (available here), and aims to be a valuable resource for the whole of the arts and culture sector.
What if I want more information?
MTM are happy to work with you to find the best way of getting our survey to your audience, or to answer any questions you have at all. Please get in touch with Jade at email@example.com
Applications Now Open
Applications are now open for the Museums and Resilient Leadership Programme (MRL) – a unique year-long development course fully funded by Arts Council England.
Described as ‘life changing’, it is designed to help you become a cultural leader for the 21st Century, resilient and entrepreneurial.
Participants receive £7,500 worth of leadership training, comprising:
The Programme draws on a wealth of knowledge and insight about leadership in the cultural and commercial sectors. It puts this learning at your disposal in inspirational settings.
Go to the MRL website www.museumresilience.com to find out more and follow the link to apply for the Programme.
Applications are open until 5.00pm on Wednesday 31 January, 2018.
Arts Council England is leading the Accreditation Review on behalf of partners in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and has recently published some frequently asked questions all about the Museum Accreditation Scheme review. Arts Council England will also be opening a consultation later this Autumn which museums from across the UK can feed into. All information here: Arts Council England Publish Q&A For The Accreditation Review
The Museums Association (MA), with funding from Arts Council England, has published Museums Facing Closure: Legal and Ethical Issues, a document outlining the legal and ethical issues relating to museum closures. Drawing on research into over 20 recent museum closures in the UK, the document looks to understand how the governing bodies, employees, and the individuals involved responded.
Topics covered include how museums have dealt with a crisis that may lead to closure, how museums have planned for closure, and considerations around staff and volunteers, managing collections, museum buildings and sites, partnerships and contracts, IT and data, and the legacy of the museum.
Alistair Brown, the MA’s policy officer, said: ‘Most museums are hugely successful and have a great future ahead of them. But in a time of public funding cuts, 64 museums have closed across the UK since 2010 and more are at risk. In putting this document together, we wanted to make sure that we are learning the lessons from those closures, and to ensure that support is available for museums facing this kind of crisis’.
Download the document here.
Deadline: 8 September
The Arts Council would like to hear from as many people as possible working with young children up to the age of 6 in England.
This consultation sets out a series of options for supporting arts and creative practice in early years settings. We would really like to hear your views on what will be a significant opportunity for the early years sector.
If you’ve already responded – thank you! ACE are very grateful for your time and thoughts. If not, please complete the survey here before 8 September.
Arts Council England has commissioned DC Research to carry out a Scoping Study entitled ‘Mapping of Museum Data in England’. The study aims to increase Arts Council England’s understanding of the current data collection practice in the museum sector. It includes mapping existing data collection, as well as identifying issues and making recommendations for future data collection.
As part of the scoping study, a survey of museums across England is being carried out to ensure that the perspectives of individual museums and museums services form an important part of the consultation process. This survey provides you with the opportunity to contribute your views on these issues, and help inform and influence future data collection arrangements.
The survey is available here and the deadline for submitting survey responses is Wednesday 23rd August 2017.
ACE look forward to receiving your response and would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to contribute to this important study.