All entries for September 2009

September 08, 2009

Individual giving to the arts in England

Arts & Business have just published a report into individuals who donate to arts organisations. Among the findings are:

donors are core audience members

the majority of donors (nearly 90%) are in the low and mid-range giving ranges

donors who give little and often are more valuable than those who make a one-off higher amount

for most donors, spending money on tickets does not affect their ability or willingness to give

most donors are happy to let the organisation choose how to spend the donation

"friends" schemes enhance giving

September 07, 2009

The independence of government arts funding

Following on from the recent paper on the arm's length principle by Marc Sidwell,  IFACCA (the International Federation of Arts Councils & Cultural Agencies) have just published a wider report on the independence of government arts funding. Their website says:

"The degree of independence that governments afford arts support is a universal concern. Debate has often centred on the choice between arts council or ministry, but such a dichotomy enormously oversimplifies the issues, particularly as so many countries have a mixture of the two institutional forms. This report, written by Christopher Madden, reviews the cultural policy literature and data gathered over by IFACCA over several years to address two main issues relating to political involvement in arts support: how much influence do governments have over arts funding?; and how much influence should governments have over arts funding? The report provides background to the issue of independence of arts support but does not argue for any particular institutional model. It takes a neutral stance, looking at cultural policy models and frameworks, surveying the incidence of different approaches around the world, and summarising views about the strengths and weaknesses of the two main approaches."

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