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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."


July 17, 2009

The Arts Council: managed to death?

A provocative new report by Marc Sidwell from the right wing think tank New Culture Forum recommends that the Arts Council be abolished, and that arts organizations should be funded directly from the DCMS. This has already been disowned by the Conservative Party Shadow Arts Minister Ed Vaizey…

The report draws on Genista McIntosh’s 2008 review of the Arts Council.

Some comment has recently appeared on the NCF website.


April 27, 2009

Arts Council England announces new £40m hardship fund for arts groups

The Arts Council has announced an emergency package of £40 million to help arts organisations hit by the recession.

Arts & Business are also reporting a substantial drop in both public sector and private funding. For more information, see this piece in Saturday's Guardian.


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