Further Update On Museums And Galleries Tax Relief

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Following the Chancellor’s announcement in the Autumn Statement that the government had listened to the campaign initiated by AIM and supported widely by museums and sector organisations, and was extending the Museums and Galleries tax relief to permanent exhibitions, the government has now published more information about how the new tax relief will operate, including some more changes:

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*The relief will also be open to libraries, archives, historic houses and other organisations, such as sculpture parks, as long as the exhibitions are put on by qualifying institutions.

*Exhibitions not held in eligible museums or galleries can qualify providing they are put on by eligible institutions.

*Exhibitions must be open to the general public

*A fee can be charged

*Institutions can raise other sponsorship towards costs.

*The relief will be on the main costs…

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Arts Council England Welcomes Evidence Of Cultural Shift

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Arts Council England today launched its diversity data report Equality, Diversity and the Creative Case 2015/16 at their Power Through Diversity event in Manchester. The Report shows that there are signs of a cultural shift emerging around workforce, with more black and minority representation, but that more progress was needed, particularly in the area of disabled representation.

For the first time the Arts Council has collected and published data on the socio-economic profile of audiences. The report shows that those most actively involved in arts and culture tend to be from the most privileged parts of society. This adds to previous research from DCMS’s Taking Part surveys which looked at the diversity of audiences and revealed that Black, minority ethnic, and disabled audiences continue to be underrepresented.

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Speaking at the event, Arts Council England’s Chief Executive Darren Henley said, “Our challenge is to remain focused on that mission – to…

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Increase Your Knowledge And Skills In 2017 With AIM

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If you are looking to increase your professional knowledge and skills to enable you and the museums that you lead or support to flourish in 2017, then make sure you apply for the AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers Programme which is now open for applications.

You might be a Museum Director who wants to build a supportive network of peers facing similar challenges – or to share ideas – or perhaps you are a Museum Development Officer or Consultant looking to extend your range of tools to resolve dilemmas and address complex issues. Whatever your role, the range of practical tools, ongoing support and new networks will inspire you with new ideas and enhance your confidence.

The AIM Hallmarks Learning Programme has been developed to address the needs of those who lead or support museums and is delivered on behalf of AIM by Ruth Lesirge and Hilary Barnard: highly experienced consultants with a strong track…

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2015/16 Annual Report

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The MidFed 2015/16 annual report can now be downloaded here.

As well as information on the Fed’s activities for the past 12 months, the report highlights the challenges faced by the Fed as the sector itself responds to the numerous economic, social and political challenges faced.

As an independent and cross region organisation the committee firms believes that the Fed has an important role to play in the museum sector and will work hard to develop the organisation into a relevant body.

If you have any comments, suggestions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact the Federation at midfed@gmail.com.

AIM Launches New Hallmarks Governance Programme

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One of the Hallmarks identified by AIM as contributing to a Prospering Museum is Governance. Successful museums are those where Trustees and senior staff or volunteers understand their different ro…

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2015 Spending Review and what it means for AIM members

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AIM’s analysis of how the 2015 Spending Review could affect independent museums.

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There was good news and some surprises in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review announcements in the House of Commons on 25th November. Unusually, museums featured in his speech. The long-made argument that funding for culture is an investment appeared to have won through. He stated,

Britain’s not just brilliant at science. It’s brilliant at culture too. One of the best investments we can make as a nation is in our extraordinary arts, museums, heritage, media and sport. £1 billion a year in grants adds a quarter of a trillion pounds to our economy – not a bad return. So deep cuts in the small budget of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport are a false economy.

Although the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) received a 20% cut in its administration costs, in an unexpectedly good settlement, funding for the national museums was guaranteed for the next four years at current…

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AIM October E-News Now Online

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The AIM October E-News is now available to read online – please visit the AIM Website: AIM October E-News.

News articles this month include:

* AIM Launches New Guidance for Museum Archive Management

*AIM Hallmarks and Investing in Independence Programme – Updates

*Funding opportunities

*Upcoming Conferences, events and seminars

*News about Holocaust Memorial Day, Trustees Week and Arts Marketing Association

catch up Catch up with the latest AIM news, funding opportunities & events

If you haven’t signed up to the AIM E-News and would like it sent direct to your inbox, please sign up here: AIM E-News Sign Up

If you have any news or events that you would like considered for inclusion in future editions, please email: sassy@aim-museums.co.uk

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