31 October - Spotlight under fire for 'unfair' premium subscription
Spotlight’s “monopoly” in the industry has been called into question after the casting site introduced a premium subscription tier that has been accused of bordering on “exploitation” and of creating class barriers due to its increased cost.
25 October - 'Institutional change' needed to boost creative sector diversity
25 October - Theatregoers 'reduce carbon emissions by 41% in three months' under pilot travel scheme
Theatre audiences using a green travel-advice scheme have reduced their carbon emissions by 41% over the past three months, together saving an estimated eight tonnes of carbon, according to organisations behind the scheme.
25 October - Culture is essential infrastructure
Imagine a world without culture. How would we orient and co-ordinate our actions? How would we generate new ideas? How would we know our lives are worth living? Arguably, the very act of imagining would be impossible without culture, contend Patrycja Kaszynska and James Purnell.
24 October - Real Living Wage increases to £12 in UK and £13.15 in London
Over 460,000 people working for 14,000 real Living Wage Employers throughout the country are set for a vital cost-of-living pay boost, as the Living Wage Foundation’s real Living Wage rates rise to £12 an hour across the UK (£1.10 increase), and £13.15 an hour in London (£1.20 increase).
24 October - Theatre concrete disruption continues in run-up to Christmas
24 October - BECTU head: ENO cuts are devastating and signify government's cultural vandalism
BECTU head Philippa Childs has labelled a host of forthcoming English National Opera cuts as “devastating and unacceptable” for workers in technical roles, adding that the government has overseen a “vandalism” of creative and cultural institutions.
24 October - Music hubs losing pupils and schools over rising costs
23 October - Theatre must sort out its skills deficit to gain politicians' support
23 October - Greenwich Dance to close at the end of the year
23 October - Creative education needs 'urgent' overhaul – parliamentary group
20 October - Chichester Festival Theatre launches artist development scheme
19 October - Freelance frustration
18 October - £100m boost for Scotland's arts sector, first minister pledges
18 October - ACE rules out additional money for ENO in face of proposed cuts
18 October - Playwright Rory Mullarkey: New-writing cuts threaten future of theatre
The writer, who is behind upcoming Royal Court comedy Mates in Chelsea and has had four previous works staged at the London venue, warned that spaces that prioritise new writing are “already under threat”.
17 October - ENO cuts: plans to reduce size of chorus emerge
17 October - National Theatre to trial 6.30pm start times
17 October - Campaign launches to ensure every child visits theatre
16 October - Are we looking in the wrong place for future backstage talent?
16 October - Ireland increases Arts Council funding to €134m
Ireland’s Arts Council will receive €134m in government funding in 2024, an increase of €4m.
The allocation was confirmed as part of the Irish government’s budget for next year, published last week.
16 October - Theatre cannot pick and choose when it wants to be a climate crisis ally
15 October - ENO’s music director resigns over proposed cuts to music staff
Martyn Brabbins has announced his resignation as music director of English National Opera. His decision follows the announcement on 13 October of a proposal to axe 19 orchestral positions and employ its remaining musicians on part-time contracts.
14 October - Defunded theatre has lost its way, says writer
National Theatre Wales was told in September that its annual £1.6m funding was being cut to nothing by Arts Council of Wales (ACW).
Roger Williams, among other members of the artistic community, said the theatre had “lost its way”.
13 October - Carrie Cracknell: 'Some of the directing pathways that were there for me aren't there anymore'
The accomplished director has plenty on, with a revival of Portia Coughlan at London’s Almeida Theatre, an opera in New York and several films in development. She tells Fergus Morgan about the moments that have made up her career
13 October - Labour vows to put creative industries 'at the heart' of future plans
12 October - Debbonaire unveils National Culture Infrastructure Plan
11 October - Minister makes ‘gold-plated’ pledge to restore arts funding
11 October - Opera North boss: It's disgusting what is happening to opera – cuts are criminal
09 October - Financial barriers to creative work increasing, research finds
The number of people from backgrounds underrepresented in the creative industries that don’t apply for jobs because of financial constraints is increasing, according to research by Creative Access.
09 October - Labour: A new deal for arts funding?
Labour was the political party to define the creative industries in the 90s. But how times have changed. DCMS (the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) is sometimes dubbed the Ministry of Fun. Charitably, this could be because its responsibilities include the things that make life joyful – music, fashion, film, art, sport, games, architecture, television, books.
06 October - Theatre producer and Just Stop Oil campaigner pens open letter to industry
A theatre producer who is also a supporter and spokesperson for the campaign group Just Stop Oil has written an open letter to the industry, urging those in it to back the work of the organisation.
05 October - Anoushka Lucas: Creatives are treated far worse than actors
04 October - National Theatre Wales appeals over funding cut
04 October - Performing arts' value to economy up on pre-pandemic levels
The value to the economy of the music, performing and visual arts sector has increased by just under 18% on its pre-pandemic levels, according to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, making it one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK.
03 October - Creative sector regulator secures funding for launch
Regulatory body will launch by the end of next year, providing advice and support to people working in film, television, music and theatre who are suffering abuse, harassment or bullying.
03 October - Theatres Trust: Concern for small to mid-scale theatres
03 October - There is a shortage of skills in stage management, but I have a solution
There is a skills shortage in stage management, as highlighted in June by the latest Big Freelancer Survey report. Employers are struggling to find experienced staff. In recent years, especially since Covid, stage managers have left the industry for better paid roles with more flexibility in other industries.