Summary of party manifestos: what they mean for arts, culture and creativity

With polling three weeks away, we’ve summarised the main arts policies in party manifestos.

This week the parties launched their manifestos for the 2015 General Election. Overall there was greater prominence for the arts, culture and the creative industries than in 2010. With less than three weeks to polling day, we have summarised the headline arts policies and included links to the manifestos so you can examine them in more detail.

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Welcomed support for the arts and cultural sector in 2015 Budget

Arts Council England has welcomed support for the arts and culture sector in the 2015 Budget.  In the last Budget of this current Parliament, Chancellor George Osborne recognised the importance of the arts and creative industries in securing Britain’s place as ‘a cultural centre of the world’

Arts Council England has welcomed support for the arts and culture sector in the 2015 Budget. Continue reading

Pioneering investment fund brings social finance to the arts

A fund that brings together public, private and charitable investment to support arts organisations has launched today. The £7 million Arts Impact Fund is the first of its kind to focus on the social, artistic and financial return created by arts-based organisations.

A fund that brings together public, private and charitable investment to support arts organisations has launched today. The £7 million Arts Impact Fund is the first of its kind to focus on the social, artistic and financial return created by arts-based organisations.

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Strategic touring awards of £1.8 million announced in the North

Seven organisations in the North have been successful in the latest round of the Arts Council’s Strategic touring programme with funding totalling £1,843,834.

The Strategic touring programme aims to give people better access to quality work across a range of venues to more people across the country, targeting places with low levels of art engagement and those that rely on touring for arts and culture. Following on from the year two analysis of the Strategic touring programme, we are particularly encouraged to see an increase in applications in this round for literature based projects (including arts in libraries), free outdoor projects, and those that benefit diverse audiences.

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International photography festival FORMAT returns to Derby

Leading international photography festival, FORMAT, is back in Derby in 2015 celebrating its 10th anniversary, bringing together the best of contemporary photography under the curatorial theme of EVIDENCE.

FORMAT has established a reputation for championing international photography and introducing new talents to the UK, attracting visitors from all over the globe.

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Organisations in the North to benefit from £2.5 million in Capital funding

Twelve organisations across the North will benefit from the last round of the Arts Council’s small scale capital awards, our programme that invests in buildings and equipment to increase organisations’ resilience and enable them to offer improved experiences for both artists and audiences. Continue reading