Creative Scotland chief apologises for funding backlash—though questions remain | The Art Newspaper

Creative Scotland chief apologises for funding backlash—though questions remain | The Art Newspaper
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Can arts organizations in the UK survive such cuts when they rely so heavily on public funding? The model in the US of tax incentives to motivate philanthropy is not an option in the UK. Most arts organizations survive through depressed ticket fees and support from local government. The decision of Creative Scotland to cut its support of many organizations effectively sets them on a pathway to closure.

“Internet of Things” – not in theatre, please!

I recently wrote about technology trends affecting nonprofit organizations in 2017. In that blog I highlighted one trend that would be particularly challenging for live theatre to accomplish. The ability to embrace the “Internet of Things” has given me something of a mental workout over the past week. How can you design theatre that is interactive and on demand? Continue reading

Factors That Threaten Community Theatre Sustainability in the United Kingdom.

Historical Context

It’s difficult to imagine an industry so enduring as theatre throughout the United Kingdom’s history. Prolific contemporary playwrights and spectacular technology-rich West End productions have superseded the early determinations of travelling performers and entertainers of royalty. For any industry to survive many hundreds of years it must adapt to the changing tastes, desires and demands of its patronage. Theatre in the UK has time and time again evolved to ensure its place in our communities, culture and hearts. However, there remains a sub-group of theatre in the UK that, continues to struggle more than others due to a complex set of circumstance and occasional media rhetoric (The Guardian, 2015).

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Happy New Year

This time last year I was living in a different country on the other side of the world wondering what the future would bring for me. I’m happy to report that, so far, things are going well!  That said I still have a long way to go to achieve my dreams. So here’s to 2016; a year of new adventures.