Arts Funding Information
The current issues affecting Arts Funding
Thanks for joining up to this new network. Over the coming months things will begin to become clear as to how this new landscape will shape up.
The purpose really of this site will be to allow the sector(s) to come together and share information and thoughts - as really a joined up and well informed sector will enable us to react creatively and intelligently. I look forward to you all sharing your thoughts / links and ideas here. Again this network will only ever be as strong as its members and contributors, so please feel free to make this a 'contact sport' site
Here is Samuel West at our Shift Happens event in York earlier this year
Lyn Gardner - Shift Happens 2012 from Pilot Theatre on Vimeo.
A big thanks to www.patronbase.co.uk for their support in helping us to keep this site up and running with the forthcoming changes in pricing on here. Also to Arts and Business for their contribution too.
We have had over 10,000 signatures in less than 5 days - if we reach 100k it will guarantee a commons debate and The Prime Minister has said that any petition with 100k signatures will prompt a review...please pass onto your networks and sign up…Continue
Does Culture Matter?
Speech at the Association of British Orchestras fringe meeting,
Conservative Party Conference, Birmingham Town Hall, 29th September 2014
Asked to prove the value of culture, I sometimes do a sneaky inversion. Imagine a world without it. Imagine throwing a switch which at a stroke…Continue
Posted by Samuel West on September 29, 2014 at 17:00
Congratulations to Sajid Javid and good luck in the new job. I look forward to buying him a cup of tea and seeing him at lots of the UK’s brilliant cultural events. And I hope he'll forgive a few thoughts on what might lie ahead.
Someone who’s come from the Treasury will understand how much the tiny fraction of our public spending invested in the arts does for the country, both here and internationally. We’re one of the fastest growing and most successful sectors of the UK economy,…Continue
Posted by Samuel West on April 9, 2014 at 17:00
“In order correctly to define art, it is necessary, first of all, to cease to consider it as a means to pleasure and to consider it as one of the conditions of human life. “ TOLSTOY, What is Art? - translated Aylmer Maude.
Where does theatre belong, in a healthy society? It’s one of the last great unmediated experiences - it’s not edited, or packaged, or spun. It allows children to stare. It allows adults to believe (or not). Surely theatre shouldn’t…Continue
Posted by Samuel West on November 2, 2013 at 15:11
A postscript was added on 6 May 2013.
Maria Miller yesterday gave her maiden speech as Culture Secretary. The main thrust was this: that the arts must play their part in our economic recovery by proving their profitability.
At first glance the speech seems encouraging, but look closer and it's impossible not…Continue
Posted by Samuel West on April 25, 2013 at 12:30
What happened at the Brewhouse was clearly a terrible blow for the town, the staff and their audiences.
But also for the whole wider arts ecology and infrastructure. There are companies and artists who are owed thousands of pounds – and some who date back to early October last year who have not been paid.
It is highly unlikely that any of these individuals and organisations will see any of their money as they now all count as unsecured creditors.
At Pilot Theatre we know…Continue
Posted by Marcus Romer on March 9, 2013 at 15:26
Westminster Council today confirmed they are to cut all of of their £350 000 arts budget.
This is a cruel, joyless decision. The Council wants to make cuts of £30m from an overall budget of £900m - that's about 3.3%. Even though Westminster's arts budget is tiny (only 0.04% of their total spending), most of those working in the arts wouldn't balk at a 3.3% cut; it’s their fair share, after all. But 100% represents unusual punishment.
Posted by Samuel West on March 7, 2013 at 16:30