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A round-up of articles focused on commentary and analysis of current developments in the cultural sector.

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COVID-19 and the Global Cultural and Creative Sector

A report co-published by the Centre for Cultural Value and Anthony Sargent CBE, offers a global overview of research into the impacts and responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Based on a significant amount of primary and secondary research, it presents a comprehensive meta-analysis of the world’s cultural and creative industries as they fared from Spring 2020 to Summer 2021. (Centre for Cultural Value)

The Case for the Core

This Canadian Urban Institute report lays out a series of scenarios for Canada’s downtowns post-pandemic, given shifting market dynamics and location preferences of workers and firms. (Canadian Urban Institute

A Case for the Arts

How the Arts Add to Urban Economies

Richard Florida writes that performing arts organizations like opera or ballet help to attract knowledge workers, citing a new study published by Economic Development Quarterly. (Bloomberg CityLab

Funding & Philanthropy

Think City Launches Grants Programme for Recovery and to Boost Creative Economy as First Step in Building Creative and Cultural District in Kuala Lumpur

Open to individuals and organisations, the programme is aligned with the larger vision laid out in the Kuala Lumpur Creative & Cultural District Strategic Masterplan – a plan developed in partnership between the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur or DBKL) and Think City, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture and the National Heritage Department. (Yahoo! Finance

Cultural Policy

The Tension Between Copyright Law and Appropriation Art

As a US court issues a decision on the dispute between the Andy Warhol Foundation and photographer Lynn Goldsmith, two lawyers explore past case studies in this legally controversial area. (The Art Newspaper

Equity & Social Justice

Saving the Artwork of the South: Deep Investment, and a Drone

From Birmingham to Gee’s Bend, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation is directly investing in Alabama communities where artists and quilters live, work – and struggle. (The New York Times)

Cultural Diversity is Key to Society’s Progress

“To help people better understand their own cultures and those of others, cultural institutions across the globe have a vital role to play in creating spaces and opportunities for learning and constructive discussion that is necessary for social cohesion,” says Manal Ataya, Director General of Sharjah Museums Authority. (Sharjah24

Digital Frontiers

How Museums and NFTs Might Find Common Ground

Museums have valid reasons to hold back from exploring NFTs, but in dismissing them as a commercial fad, they are also glossing over their own deficiencies. (Hyperallergic)

Library Music

In the age of streaming, public libraries offer small-scale alternatives for local archiving. (Pioneer Works

Ecological Sustainability

Roadmap to Super-Low Carbon Live Music: Massive Attack x The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

In this roadmap, Massive Attack and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research outline a set of clearly defined and measurable targets that the live music sector could adopt to play a leading role in meeting the Paris Agreement on climate change. (Vision 2025

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