We need bold new cultural infrastructures to tackle entrenched inequality in the arts, says Amahra Spence. Can a new project combine business nous with social justice? – via Arts Professional

Artists are the lifeblood of the arts, but their direct funding has steadily declined over the past two decades. A change in approach is now essential, says Susan Jones. – via Arts Professional

This year Jerwood Arts published a toolkit for cultural organisations, designed to encourage greater socio-economic diversity in the arts. Julie Lomax, Chief Executive of a-n The Artists Information Company, sees it as a starting point for helping solve the sector’s ‘class crisis’ – but arts consultant Chrissie Tiller isn’t so sure. – via Arts Professional

The Arts Council of Wales has said it won’t fund projects that don’t budget minimum pay rates for artists. We asked the other councils why they aren’t doing the same. – via Arts Professional

Birmingham City Council decided a proposed 30% cut would have been too “damaging”, but says there is still an urgent need to find new sources of revenue. Adele Redmond reports – via Arts Professional

Why do so many artists not include a fee for their own time when they apply for funding? Lilli Geissendorfer explains how Jerwood Arts is challenging a pervasive low-pay culture – via Arts Professional

Funders are increasing their demands for data from arts organisations while only paying lip service to quality in their own statistics. It’s time to stop indulging them, says Jonathan Knott – via Arts Professional

Employees, freelance workers, artists and business owner-managers are being encouraged to contribute to ArtsPay, the first annual survey of earnings from Arts Professional.

Arts Professional report on the gender pay gap within the arts sector. Report from Frances Richens and Christy Romer.

The £150m Creative Industries Sector Deal supports the development of creative clusters and the roll out of a creative careers programme but prioritises digital businesses over culture. Report from Arts Professional’s Liz Hill.

Arts education professionals and politicians have met as a first step to tackling the structural problems causing the arts to be neglected in many schools. Arts Professional’s Liz Hill reports for a-n.

As one of Arts Council England’s cohort of Change Makers, a group of diverse leaders, Andrew Miller reflects on why he accepted the opportunity and what might change as a result. Article for Arts Professional.

The UK City of Culture competition brings great benefits – to the losers as well as the winners – but as more cities, towns and even villages express interest, Andrew Dixon asks if changes are needed. Report via Arts Professional.

Arts Professional’s Christy Romer reports on a new manifesto is billed as the first-ever international commitment to arts management and cultural policy education.

A national assessment of UK research has found partnering with academics can inspire arts organisations and practitioners to create innovative news projects. Article by Christy Romer from Arts Professional.