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Your BOP Newsletter - December

Year in review

Our newsletter features our favourite new articles on culture and the creative economy, as selected by the BOP team. You can subscribe here.

Reasons to be (cautiously) cheerful

As 2018 draws to an end, our Founder Paul Owens reflects on six BOP initiatives from the last 12 months which inspire hope and optimism for the future of the sector.

1. Cites / Cultural places

A new direction for culture in world cities [Report] (WCCF)

Mayor Khan sets national culture blueprint (Art Industry)

Investing in transformative placemaking (Brookings)

2. Year in review

The most influential artists of 2018 (Artsy)

How blockchain changed the art world in 2018 (Forbes)

Building for complex experiences: Top architecture of 2018 (The Wall Street Journal)

Female and BAME representation grows within the Music Industry in 2018 (Billboard)

3. Year ahead

Brexit: An uncertain future for the British Film Industry (Forbes)

Why investors are looking to back artist-run businesses (Artsy)

Four issues that will decide the future of audio (The Conversation)

Global streaming revenue set to outpace Box Office in 2019 (Hollywood Reporter)

4. Other recent highlights

When a factory town becomes a museum town (Bloomberg)

The next gen trying to boost Hong Kong’s growing art scene (FT)

Entertainment single biggest contributor to customer satisfaction [Report] (Colleen Dilen)

5. Best of The Blog

Placing culture at the centre of growth

Creative Co-ops

China’s young theatre

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