31 March - Pupils should have four hours of arts education weekly as a minimum – report
A re-evaluation of the way arts subjects are assessed in schools is among the recommendations in a report, which also recommends every child has access to a minimum of four hours of arts education per week.
31 March - Paule Constable: Expensive theatre tickets have created wave of discontent
30 March - Visas for junior creative workers proposed in post-Brexit report
29 March - Darren Henley: 'I will always be greedy, and make the case, for more investment in culture'
Giving the opening keynote address at The Stage’s Future of Theatre conference on March 29, Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley spoke about the changes the funding body is making in its latest portfolio and why he believes they are necessary for the sector’s future.
29 March - Anatomy of a project grant application
29 March - Back soon: why are some London theatres staging fewer shows?
Following the lockdowns, there has been a noticeable reduction in productions. Is this just to reduce costs, or is there more to it than meets the eye? Leading London theatres tell Andrzej Lukowski that finances are only part of the programming picture
28 March - ‘I’ve been spat at’: half of UK theatre staff consider quitting over audience behaviour
28 March - 'Unfair' box-office splits and rising costs make tours unviable, producers warn
27 March - Most chorus members would quit if ENO leaves London, survey suggests
Most chorus members at the English National Opera (ENO) would be forced to leave their jobs if the company relocates outside London, because of ties that include children at school, caring responsibilities, and partners with jobs in the capital.
24 March - Arts-world activism saved the BBC Singers. Let’s take the same fight to government cuts
24 March - BBC Singers: decision to scrap choir reversed after public outcry
23 March - Wallsend's Emmerdale star Charlie Hardwick speaks about working class struggle to access the arts
Actor Charlie Hardwick has advised “kids to keep at it” as recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures revealed the proportion of working class actors, musicians and writers has shrunk by half since the 1970s
23 March - Oldham Coliseum appoints new board to preserve theatre’s legacy and region’s culture
23 March - BECTU pushes for official pay rates for offstage workers amid skills shortages
22 March - Britain’s art institutions face death by a thousand cuts. Why are they just putting up with it?
21 March - Theatre Helpline closure – alternative support services available
20 March - Tour digs should be arranged and paid for by producers on big shows – Equity
20 March - Actors' Benevolent Fund to offer cost-of-living grants under 'new vision'
16 March - Oldham Coliseum to permanently close and begin redundancies
Oldham Coliseum has confirmed it will permanently close at the end of March, despite efforts from supporters and industry leaders to save the 135-year-old site.
Earlier this year, the theatre announced it would go dark at the end of March, after receiving a 100% cut to its national portfolio funding from Arts Council England. At the time it indicated it did not know when it would reopen, admitting permanent closure was an option.
15 March - Budget 2023: what it means for theatre and the creative industries in full
15 March - Theatre world breathes sigh of relief after Chancellor statement
13 March - LEAKED LETTER: ‘A TOXIC CULTURE OF FEAR AND PARANOIA’ AT THE BBC, FROM THE D-G DOWN
The letter mentions aggressive acts and inaccurate statements by senior BBC officials, all of whom are named within.
It appears that only one member of the BBC executive ever heard the BBC Singers perform before a decision was taken to abolish the ensemble.
13 March - Society of London Theatre seeks to support future industry leaders with 'Associate membership' pilot programme
Society of London Theatre have announced their plans to launch a new category of membership. The ‘Associate Membership’ will be designed to identify producers and future theatre industry leaders in London who would not be eligible for other categories of SOLT membership.
13 March - The arts won’t ‘drive growth’ across the UK without funding
Reduced access to the arts as a result of investment cuts means reduced opportunities to train and work in the creative industries, says Central principal Josette Bushell-Mingo – young people will suffer as a result
13 March - ‘I fear we are losing a whole generation of talent’: ENO head hits back at the ‘leave London’ ultimatum
As she stages a new production of The Dead City, Korngold’s wild opera banned by the Nazis, English National Opera’s artistic director Annilese Miskimmon talks about the company’s strong present and uncertain future
13 March - Can theatre's marketing teams afford not to promote independent artists?
It’s not the greatest time to be touring a show, particularly if you are an independent artist or company looking for dates in studio spaces. Venues are reluctant to commit and when they do programme a piece, fees are often low.
12 March - Artists in UK public sector making far below minimum wage, survey finds
10 March - National Theatre to 'reduce activity' for four years amid financial challenges
The NT has warned that high rates of inflation and increased energy costs are having a “significant impact” on its cost base, as it releases its annual accounts for the year ending March 2022
8 March - What is really behind the technical training crisis? Pay
Theatre’s struggles to train enough technical workers may be getting worse, but they are not new.
In 2007, a Creative and Cultural Skills report warned that by 2017 there would be a “damaging shortage” of trained technicians unless the theatre and music sector could recruit 30,000 new staff over the next decade.
8 March - Drama schools warn of crisis in technical training
Leading drama schools including Mountview, LAMDA and Rose Bruford have warned they are struggling to attract students to their technical courses, blaming a collapse in arts education and theatre careers advice in schools.
7 March - BBC cuts to classical singers and orchestras labelled 'utterly devastating'
The Musicians’ Union (MU) has described proposed cuts to the BBC’s classical music performing groups, announced on Tuesday, as “utterly devastating”.
The cuts will see the end of the BBC Singers, its in-house chamber choir, resulting in the loss of 20 posts.
7 March - NYT and Netflix launch backstage career scheme for 14-25 year olds
7 March - Henry Moore Foundation launches £100,000 artist fund
The Henry Moore Foundation has launched a £100,000 fund to support 50 artists across the UK in response to the cost-of-living crisis.
The grants will aim to alleviate some of the financial pressures facing artists amid funding cuts and rising costs.
7 March - Phoebe Waller-Bridge launches EdFringe grant scheme
6 March - ‘It’s very hard to make any kind of reasonable living’: the risky business of theatre
As their Edinburgh fringe hit Sap heads on a UK tour, playwright Rafaella Marcus and producer Ellie Keel discuss the future of new writing, the rise of ‘safe’ programming and the need for better funding
3 March - US visa fee hike 'punitive and damaging', warn UK arts bodies
3 March - Labour backs 'cultural corridor' across North
Shadow Culture Secretary Lucy Powell sets out Labour’s vision for the creative industries, pledging to devolve powers to local areas to drive growth and support a ‘cultural corridor’ across the North.
3 March - Labour unveils plan to overhaul arts education and devolve culture spending
The Labour Party has unveiled a series of ambitions aimed at securing the “leading edge” of the UK’s culture industries, including overhauling arts education and ensuring the arts are not just for people relying on the “bank of mum and dad”.
1 March - Culture secretary Lucy Frazer gives first public speech
New culture secretary Lucy Frazer has outlined her vision for the role, including plans to focus on “people and places”, in one of her first public speeches.
She was speaking at the opening gala of the Creative Coalition Festival at Southbank Centre in London on February 28.