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Future Arts Centres responds to White Paper consultation

Future Arts Centres responds to White Paper consultation

Future Arts Centres was established in 2013 to champion the achievements of arts centres at local, regional and national level, and to raise the profile of arts centres’ vital contribution to the cultural civic life of our town centres and cities. The opportunity to contribute…

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Ticket pricing explored – Part I

Ticket pricing explored – Part I

Arts centres appear to be leading the way in experimenting with innovative pricing models. In the first of two articles exploring pricing, we asked Dan Eastmond from The Firestation in Windsor to tell us about his dynamic pricing project. Just over 12 months ago, we…

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Local MP pledges support for the arts ahead of the CSR

Local MP pledges support for the arts ahead of the CSR

I don’t know about you, but here at Rich Mix we are waiting nervously for the Chancellor of the Exchequer to stand up in Parliament next week to make his announcement about the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review. It’s already clear from looking at…

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Producing theatre: from an arts centre perspective

Producing theatre: from an arts centre perspective

Adapted from a speech at Theatre Futures, an Arts Council England (North) event held in Leeds in October 2015 ARC is a multi-artform performing arts centre in Stockton on Tees. We aren’t a traditional ‘producing theatre’, but we have found ways to commission, produce and…

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Visitor voices can raise the volume

Visitor voices can raise the volume

Audiences’ experiences can be as powerful as economic data in arguing a case for culture, writes Jane Earl, chief of Rich Mix arts centre Running an arts venue means you often spend a lot of time dealing with the minutiae of everyday life. When your…

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We need to talk about your website

We need to talk about your website

I apologise for the terrifying-sounding title for this blog. It’s not that scary, honestly. I’m from Spektrix, where we make ticketing, marketing and fundraising software for the arts. We work with arts and cultural organisations in Europe and North America, but the core of our…

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Live theatre screenings – boon or burden?

Live theatre screenings – boon or burden?

Years ago, I read Yes Prime Minister, produced in the form of the Diaries of Jim Hacker. In one episode a suggestion was made that the National Theatre was made truly national by simply renaming all of the regional theatres as The National.  I remember…

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What is the Arts Council for?

What is the Arts Council for?

As Alan Davey moves on to his new role at BBC Radio 3 – congratulations to him – we welcome Darren Henley as Chief Executive of Arts Council England. This change provides a chance to reflect on new ways of thinking about leadership of ACE,…

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A Party Political Broadcast for Arts Centres

A Party Political Broadcast for Arts Centres

With just six months to go until the general election, it felt timely to take a look at the current thinking about arts and culture amongst the political parties, and what this might mean for arts centres. One thing is for sure – the outcome…

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Arts Centres and the Music Industry

Arts Centres and the Music Industry

It is pretty much a given now that recording artists make money not from selling albums but from playing live. And for artists of certain musical genres and stages of their career, arts centres make up a substantial part of that live circuit, particularly outside…

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