March 2011
31 March 2011
Arts Council's National Portfolio Organisations revealed

Yesterday Arts Council England released the names and funding settlements for its National Portfolio Organisations, the replacement for Regularly Funded Organisations. The settlements cover the years 2012-15.

30 March 2011
Does peer-to-peer networking encourage innovation?

As the judicial review of the Digital Economy Act (DEA) gets underway, two researchers from the LSE, Bart Cammaerts and Bingchun Meng, have published a paper, Creative Destruction and Copyright Protection, which argues that the DEA's approach is the wrong one. A media brief with a link to their paper can be found here.

29 March 2011
CMS Committee report: Funding of the arts and heritage

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons has published its report into the funding of arts and heritage. (The press release, with a link to the report, is here.) The Committee notes that the next few years will be tough ones for the sector, but also observes that the arts have done well on the funding front in the last decade (the heritage sector has fared less well).

28 March 2011
Why invest in landscape? A new campaign

The Landscape Institute, a body representing landscape architects and others with an interest in the field, has launched a new campaign: Why Invest in Landscape?  The accompanying report draws on a number of case studies from places like Barnstaple, Pontypool and Cambourne to make its case.

25 March 2011
Scottish Government's creative industries strategy

The Scottish Government has identified the creative industries as one of seven industrial sectors in which Scotland has a comparative advantage over other nations and regions. To help sustain this, the Government has just published a strategy for the creative industries which aims to help businesses grow (by tackling barriers to growth) and to develop new talent in the sector.  

24 March 2011
The Growth Review: Digital and creative industries

The Chancellor, George Osborne, presented his budget to the House of Commons yesterday. As part of this, HM Treasury published its Plan for Growth, which sets out the ways in which it hopes to boost the economy. A number of industrial sectors were the subject of specific proposals, among them the digital and creative industries.

23 March 2011
The localism bill and cultural place-making

The coalition government' s new localism bill claims to be the most far-reaching decentralisation of power in Britain for many years. What might its implications be for culture, planning and cultural place-making? BOP and Futurecity offer their thoughts here: Localism and cultural place-making. 

22 March 2011
The home-entertainment business and Hollywood

The Economist has produced an excellent piece on the problems affecting America's home-entertainment industry. For once in the creative industries, piracy is not the main issue. Instead, it is the emergence of cheap and easy ways to rent films – Netflix and  Redbox in the US, Lovefilm in the UK – that are cutting into profit margins, as the graphic below shows.

21 March 2011
Submissions to the Hargreaves IP Review published

Last year the government commissioned Prof. Ian Hargreaves to lead an independent review of intellectual property and growth. It aims to identify barriers to growth within this country's IP framework.

The review is due to report in April, but in the meantime it has published the submissions it received. The responses include ones from the likes of Google, BSkyB, BT, the CBI, the Association of Independent Music and Channel 4.

18 March 2011
BOP and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

BOP Consulting was commissioned last year to carry out an evaluation of the creative learning activities of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. The report has just been published – links to both the executive summary and the full report can be found here.

17 March 2011
Creative Scotland launches Corporate Plan

Creative Scotland has launched its Corporate Plan for 2011-14. This sets out the organisation's aspirations for the next ten years together with detailed action plans for 2011-14. Creative Scotland's brief encompasses the arts, culture, film, TV and the creative industries, and it has identified twelve ambitions for the next decade.

16 March 2011
Design and the liveable city: an urban planner's view

On Monday, we linked to two reports written by the Economist Intelligence Unit for Philips on the liveable city. Philips is exploring this theme in a number of ways. One interesting contribution comes from John Thorp, Leeds's civic architect. In this short video, he discusses the role of design in making a city work.    

15 March 2011
China's cultural and creative industries

KEA European Affairs, a Brussels-based consultancy with which BOP has collaborated in the past, has produced a new mapping study comparing China's and the EU's cultural and creative industries. The report is part of the IPR2 project, a partnership between the European Union and China on the protection of intellectual property rights in China.

14 March 2011
What makes for a liveable city?

The Economist Intelligence Unit has produced two 'white papers' (commissioned by Philips) looking at what make a city liveable. The reports – Liveable cities: Challenges and opportunities for policymakers and Liveanomics: Urban liveability and economic growth – can be found here (on the 'Research' tab).

11 March 2011
DCMS may not be achieving value for money

The National Audit Office has reviewed the DCMS's financial management for 2010-11 and finds that, while the Olympics programme is being managed well, this is not necessarily true of all parts of the department's spending. Among other things, the review notes that:

  • The Department has a history of over-committing its budget allocations across its arm’s-length bodies.

10 March 2011
European cultural funding announced

The EU’s Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA) has announced its latest annual funding awards for the sector. Under strand 1.2.1 the winners from the UK include Artichoke’s ‘Lux Scientia – A European Constellation’, the Birmingham Rep for ‘Four Cities, Four Stories’ and Brouhaha International’s ‘Circus of Hip Hop’.

09 March 2011
Assessing the Value and Impact of Museums

The Research Service of the Northern Ireland Assembly has produced a useful overview of studies which aim to assess the economic and social impact of museums. It looks at reports from all four UK nations and the Irish Republic, and also has a couple of case studies: Bolton and Tyne and Wear.

08 March 2011
Government publishes tourism strategy

The UK Government has published its new tourism strategy. A link to the strategy can be found here, in a DCMS press release. The strategy has three main ambitions:

  • Fund the most ambitious marketing campaign ever to attract visitors to the UK in the years following 2012.

07 March 2011
Scotland unveils its Digital Strategy

04 March 2011
World Book Night looms

Yesterday was World Book Day; tomorrow (March 5th) sees the launch of World Book Night. This ambitious UK-wide initiative aims to give away one million books, as 20,000 'passionate' readers will be given 48 books each to pass on to whoever they choose.

03 March 2011
A new cultural policy resource for London

Three friends of BOP, Graham Hitchen, Tom Campbell and Alan Freeman, all of whom have worked for the London Development Agency and/or the Greater London Authority, have set up the London Cultural Resource. As they say, "it is a heavily selective group of reports and publications which have helped to underpin cultural and creative policy-making in London in recent years". While it is a smallish collection so far, some of the documents are not easily found elsewhere.       

02 March 2011
ESRC's Understanding Society survey published

The ESRC has published a summary of the first findings of its Understanding Society survey. The longitudinal  survey is one of the largest undertaken in the UK, and follows 40,000 households over time. The summary explores a wide range of issues, from family life to sleep patterns, climate change to participation rates.

01 March 2011
Arts Council England's RFO data for 2009/10

Arts Council England has recently published a detailed analysis of the information supplied to it by 836 of its 854 regularly funded organisations (RFOs), which between them received £342m in funding. It can be found here.