Arts Funding Information
This is a great initiative.
Some quick-fire thoughts:
Need concrete ideas on how to string together or team up with existing networks across the country dealing with Arts Funding. See for example, Improbable's brilliant D&D group http://devotedanddisgruntled.ning.com. The theatre community is good at coming together when things reach boiling point (remember the BAC funding episode?), but has a poor track record when it comes to syndicated, preemptive strategy.
Need a document list for all 'official' policy changes to arts funding, might include directives from central and regional gov, Arts Council and other related funding bodies.
Need to solicit input from a wide range of voices in the field. What problems are people facing with funding right now? What's on the horizon? What are the trends? What are some of the solutions? Etc.
If a human network is to have any impact beyond being an information hub (which is clearly beneficial in itself) then points of contact need to be established with relevant authorities. I know in the Improbable Theatre case that outcomes from group sessions are often synthesized, contextualised and targeted at MP's and funding authorities.
More when more comes to mind...