Arts Council England (ACE) announced yesterday that the National Portfolio bunfight will begin again this coming January and arts organisations will , once again, slug it out for regular funding. Two weeks ago ACE also announced a new funding project,...
Published in Feature on July 25, 2013 12:01 PM
The National Youth Dance Company
Encouraging young people to take part in the arts has always been a cornerstone of arts funding in the UK. Any dance company that hopes to get funding without having a well rounded education plan will, in all probability, find themselves on the wrong end of a failed application.
Published in Feature on July 4, 2013 12:31 PM
This month sees the coalition government put forward another of their, now infamous, spending reviews when they tell the people of the UK how much they are going to hurt them in the pursuit of completely fictional financial stability. The...
Published in Feature on June 12, 2013 10:43 PM
Lobbying Without The Numbers
Over the last few weeks Arts Council England (ACE) has been pushing the case for arts funding, via reports, press releases and Tweets in almost purely economic terms. The funding monolith even went so far as to create info-graphics that...
Published in Feature on May 22, 2013 9:10 PM
Every time the discussion about arts funding comes up, especially on newspaper websites like the Guardian or The Daily Express, the trolls come out to play with their particular brand of "reasoning" about why this poor little country can't afford,...
Published in Feature on May 6, 2013 9:59 PM
by Martin French The joint Arts Council England (ACE) venture with the BBC that is The Space continues to operate, pushing the line that it's all about giving "the people" access to "the arts" or something like that. After the...
Published in Feature on April 29, 2013 10:49 AM
Donate for More
With some pomp and very little circumstance the National Funding Scheme (NFS) for the arts officially launched the "Donate" scheme at an event held somewhere in the UK and attended by people who couldn't possibly be less important to this particular story.
Published in Feature on April 2, 2013 12:09 PM
The Dance Register
When you hire a plumber to come to your home the first thing that anybody will tell you is "hire a person recommended by somebody that you know". A personal recommendation is worth its weight in gold and helps you to avoid a massive bill and pools of water all over your kitchen floor. Now, allow us to introduce you to The Dance Register, a website that claims to bring dance teachers to the masses with a simple search engine and a self enforced code of conduct.
Published in Feature on March 20, 2013 1:20 AM
Often times, here in TheLab™, we talk about creating jobs for dancers and the fact that nobody else seems to talk about creating jobs for dancers. Just exactly how do you go about creating jobs for dancers though and who's...
Published in Feature on March 10, 2013 11:05 PM
Fluffy White Electric Clouds
Electronic storage is a pain the ass, no doubt about it. Pretty much everything is now "digital" so that means the good folks of Planet Earth have had to become familiar with hard disk technology, backups and the ever present "cloud"
Published in Feature on February 26, 2013 3:56 PM
Where Has The Enjoyment Gone?
Dance, what is the principal art form, the body or the choreography? I asked myself this question recently whilst struggling to maintain the technique in a professional class. I looked at the vacant faces in the mirror, including my own, gripped by determination.
Published in Feature on February 18, 2013 10:01 PM
A Producteev Story
The internet is miraculous, no doubt about it, but collaborating with others on projects can get a bit messy if you're dependant on regular tools like email to keep things organised between yourself and other members of your team. On the web there are a number of organisational tools to help you keep track of all kinds of information like deadlines, tasks and a myriad of other things.
Published in Feature on February 12, 2013 3:06 PM
What Are They Up To?
Here we go dear readers for a quick update on what the companies, at least the ones we could get the skinny on, are up to at the moment with regards to touring, creation and dark plots to take over the world.
Published in Feature on February 11, 2013 4:29 PM
NIDMS at 100
A little over 8 months ago DanceUK opened the first of what they hope to be several clinics for professional dancers around the UK. The first clinic is based within the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London and since opening it has seen over 100 dancers from a wide range of disciplines as well as students and former dancers.
Published in Feature on February 4, 2013 10:36 PM
The Real Answers
We, here in TheLab™, thought to ourselves what would happen if ACE (Arts Council England) actually had communications and policy staffers that, you know, knew what they were doing?
Published in Feature on January 29, 2013 11:21 PM
Crafting an Edit
For the final part of our series of features about creating media for your company we shall focus on crafting an edit and talk a little about planning your shooting so you have enough material to actually edit something together.
Published in Feature on January 27, 2013 10:51 PM
Filming Dance in 2013
So what about actually shooting some dance then? What have we got to say about that? Well dear readers here are some top tips for a number of shooting situations.
Published in Feature on January 20, 2013 8:53 PM
Editing in 2013
This week we bring you less of a list, more of a series of recommendations for the gear you need to actually edit what you shoot on your expensive, or not so expensive, new video gear.
Published in Feature on January 15, 2013 12:15 AM
Video Gear for 2013
At the tail end of the year we published a feature about folk giving advice about video equipment without actually giving advice about video equipment. To kick off the new year we thought it might be a good idea to offer some actual advice about what to buy if you are looking for some video production kit.