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Funding remains barrier to digital technology uptake in the arts

Seventy per cent of arts and culture organisations taking part in a recent survey have identified a lack of funding and staff time to allocate to digital projects as obstacles to the uptake of digital technology.

The finding comes from the second set of results to be published from the 3-year Digital Culture survey being carried out by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts—set up by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Nesta and Arts Council England to help arts and culture organisations exploit the possibilities of digital technologies. A total of 947 of England’s 6,500 arts and culture organisations took part this year, including 384 of the 891 that participated in 2013.

It shows that the number of organisation identifying funding and staff time as barriers to digital technology uptake has increased by 2 per cent since the equivalent survey in 2013.

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