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Editor: Alex Pleasants

 Government Stuff 

DCMS figures suggest that the arts participation gap between the country’s most and least deprived people has widened. 

The incoming bosses of the new Advanced Research and Invention Agency talk to The Economist about being the funder for ambitious optimists.  

The DCMS Committee wants your evidence for its inquiry into misinformation and trusted voices.  

Has anybody got £2m kicking about? Because a painting by Il Morrazzone is at risk of leaving the UK. What are you waiting for!  

 Culture Stuff  

Arts & Culture 
A pilot of Arts Council England’s proposed access card for disabled audiences has been pushed back two years to 2024.  

BECTU has pushed back on Rishi Sunak’s education reform proposals, saying that they ‘completely sideline the arts’.  

The Scottish government has given a £2.1m boost to the various Edinburgh festivals.  

The Art Newspaper digs into how influencers are influencing the antique market and what ‘carbon offsetting’ actually means for the art world’s environmental impact. 

The longlist for this year’s Dezeen Awards has been unveiled. Only 290 entries to look through.  

Goodyear is designing airless tyres for future lunar missions. Useful if a male astronaut is driving a buggy up there and eclipse a sharp rock.  

Theatre & Dance 
Equity has launched a Comedian’s Charter to support transparent pay for comedians and called for a boycott of venues that don’t provide good working standards. 

The Beeb goes on the hunt for the next big thing at Edinburgh Fringe, after West End hit Six started life on a tiny stage at the festival. 

Dancing Times, first published in 1894, is to cease print publication. 

The UK’s only exclusively LGBT+ theatre is looking for a new home.  

Classical Music & Opera 
Ahead of the first Prom dedicated to brass band music for 33 years, The Guardian ponders whether it can blow past the cliches.  

Tourism & Heritage  
The Heritage Fund is reviewing which projects receive National Lottery funding with a greater focus expected on areas with greater need for support. 

I’d Pompeii a fair amount for one of these: Archaeologists have dug up pristine glass bowls buried in the ash of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD.  

On that note… ARTNews digs into the world’s 24 most important archaeological sites. 

The Brunel Museum has announced a new programme to support young women in engineering.  

The teeny, tiny manuscript written by Charlotte Brontë when she was a teenager is to be displayed at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. 

Press, Books & Libraries 
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has doubled its profits on the back of digital ads and subscribers. 

Digital media company Axios, who do more popular newsletters than us, has been bought by Cox Enterprises for $525m.  

Buzzfeed chats to the local Florida reporter who spectacularly beat the mainstream outlets to the Mar-A-Lago FBI raid scoop. 

Our man Stormzy has launched the third year of his #Merky Books writing prize for unpublished and underrepresented authors. 

Not a ‘new story’ but I thought it was interesting and I make the rules. The New Yorker on the surprisingly big business of library e-books. 

Exhibitions and Events  
London Design Festival has unveiled its 2022 programme hitting the streets of the capital in September.  

Coming up on 13th October, Julie’s Bicycle is hosting We Make Tomorrow, a day for creativity, community and connection related to the arts’ climate crisis response. 

Marina Hyde, Jeremy Vine and Kit de Waal will be showing their faces at Durham Book Festival in October.  


The construction industry was valued at $1.36 trillion in the US at the end of 2020. But the environmental impact is vast. What if there was a more sustainable way to build? Kindred Media has the answer: 3D printed housing. 

What exactly is the difference between an agent and a manager, I hear you ask? Kindred Media breaks it down.  

 Creative Industries & Tech Stuff 

Film & TV 
Disney+ has overtaken Netflix in terms of total subscribers. To celebrate, they’re raising their prices and launching an ad-supported version.  

Emily Maitlis is to deliver the prestigious MacTaggart Lecture at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. 

The Beeb on how Olivia Newton-John made history playing Sandy in Grease - and CNN remembers a life that was always more than it seemed.  

What do you do when you’ve spent $90m on a film and it’s basically completed? Well, if you’re Warner Bros and it’s Batgirl then just cancel the whole thing.  

Drapers examines how a recession could hit fashion retail. Almost 36,000 report currently being in ‘significant financial distress’. 

Business of Fashion looks into why so many major fashion brands, from Tom Ford to Ganni, are for sale right now.  

Music & Radio 
The Guardian on how you know what has made touring in Europe a nightmare for musicians #BluePassports. 

Seven UK cities are in the running to host the next Eurovision, including Sheffield and Leeds.  

Spotify has spent over $1.2bn on non-music companies over the past three years - and they’ve started selling gig tickets directly to fans.  

Apple is said to be funding podcasts it could one day turn into TV shows.  

Would you Bey-lieve it, I certainly Bey-cannot! Beyonce’s new album has outsold the rest of the competition 3:1 to hit number one.

Bleep, bleep, bleep, bloooooop. The first Prom dedicated to video game music has been performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tech & Telecoms 
The GMB union has called for £15-an-hour minimum pay at Amazon warehouses in the UK amid walkouts and strikes.  

Elon Musk has just cashed in $6.9bn worth of Tesla ahead of his Twitter lawsuit. And he’s just been rejected for a $886m government subsidy for his Starlink service. Gulp.

Amazon is paying $1.7bn to acquire the Roomba robotic vacuum. Guys! They’re like £300 on your own website! I think you’ve paid over the odds here! 

A fifth of US teens use YouTube 'almost constantly’, according to a Pew survey. 

Losses at Deliveroo have rocketed to £147m in the first half of this year.  

After a record £18bn (!) quarterly loss, the New Statesman asks whether the approach of the tech-focused investment fund Softbank is dangerous.  

A test of Tesla’s self-driving tech has found that it fails to detect children on the road. Oh.  

TikTok is set to overtake Meta on influencer marketing spend this year and they’ve got YouTube in their sights next.  

Snapchat is to allow parents to see who their kids have been chatting to.

Jeeves. It’s time. Google suffered a global outage this week.  

You can now leave WhatsApp groups without anybody being notified. So this is why nobody is replying.  

Protocol on how top engineering talent is ditching Big Tech to make a big difference with climate-tech startups instead. 

The Economist has conjured up a good read on how magicians make a fortune through Facebook.  

Research says that Meta injects code into other websites to track its users - and they’ve released a new AI chatbot which insults Marky Mark Zuckerberg. Just can’t catch a break. 

Ummm, HELLO Moto. Motorola’s Razr flip phone is BACK, baby! Polyphonic ringtones here we come.  

 Appointments & Movers 

Royal Albert Hall chief Craig Hassall is stepping down after six years to take over at the Playhouse Square in Ohio; Caroline Campbell will be the National Gallery of Ireland’s first female director in 158 years; Paul O’Grady is leaving his Sunday morning Radio 2 show after 14 years; Danny Groom has been named editor of MailOnline; Next boss Lord Wolfson has quit the board of Deliveroo; Ros Kerslake has been appointed chair of the Architectural Heritage Fund; Shoubhik Bandopadhyay is joining the Paul Hamlyn Foundation as head of arts  

 Ed Stuff 

Talked about the energy crisis on Good Morning Britain and wore tracksuit bottoms 

...And Finally

Somebody get me the PR agency these sharks use. Apparently the reason there’s been a bunch of attacks off Long Island lately is because the lil’ rascals keep ‘mistaking people’s feet for fish’. What are they like! 

There’s a cooking oil shortage in Europe right now. So a Munich pub is allowing punters to pay for beer using sunflower oil which they then use to fry schnitzels. großartige Idee.  

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