Ofcom has moved to allay concerns about the future use of wireless microphones in musical theatre productions following digital switchover.
Members of the Theatrical Management Association are being contacted by the Office of Fair Trading to canvass opinion about Ambassador Theatre Group’s recent purchase of Live Nation’s UK venues and whether the move could impact negatively on competition in regional theatre.
West London’s Bush Theatre has this week launched a pioneering social networking website which allows playwrights to post their work online for producers and directors to read and commission.
The Office of Fair Trading has opened up its consultation with the theatre industry over Ambassador Theatre Group’s recent £90 million purchase of Live Nation’s UK venues, a deal which made it by far Britain’s biggest theatre operator.
More than 20 arts and entertainment bodies, including Equity, Bectu and the Society of London Theatre, are calling on the government to cover the costs of replacing wireless microphones following digital switchover.
Arts Council England have published the criteria it uses to make decisions about which organisations to fund regularly.
Theatre managers and producers will today (Thursday, November 12) have the chance to interrogate the Ambassador Theatre Group about its plans for its new portfolio of theatres, following its £90 million purchase of 16 of Live Nation’s UK venues, which has prompted concerns within the industry that it now holds a near monopoly of the regional touring circ
Employment Agency Standards, the government body which investigates complaints against agents, could be given the power to hand out monetary penalties, after a review concluded “persistently non-compliant and rogue businesses are rarely sanctioned effectively” by the department.
Arts Council England chief executive Alan Davey has warned any future government against cutting public funding for the arts, arguing that not only will it affect the cultural quality of life in the country but will also be economically damaging.
The Department of Health’s ‘Dance Champions Group’ will embark on a nationwide tour to get the country dancing, Public Health Minister Gillian Merron has announced.