Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South has submitted an EDM on the topic of arts funding. To date the motion has 32 signatures, it reads as follows:
‘That this House celebrates the cultural value of the arts and entertainment sector; notes that the creative industries are a large employer and are currently growing at more than twice the rate of the rest of the economy, contributing 11.4 billion to the UK’s balance of trade; and therefore reaffirms a commitment to public investment in… Continue
Added by Jack J Hutchinson on August 19, 2010 at 11:00 —
I'll keep this brief as I wanted to raise an opportunity to share ideas here rather than simply shout out one of my own.
I just watched the Cameron B'ham piece and began to wonder a bit more about the philanthropy opportunity.
1) Here for the first time in my experience of the arts we have a high level figurehead (champion?) telling people to think about how they might individually contribute to sustaining the high profile UK success that is the arts - to donate, volunteer,… Continue
Added by Taylor Nuttall on August 13, 2010 at 14:12 —
Thanks for doing this Marcus. As the instigator of several Ning sites myself, I know ow important it is to have two way engagement - just like the arts! So I back up Marcus' message to be proactive and send in ideas, info etc to everyone here. I will do my best
Added by Marion Catlin on August 8, 2010 at 12:54 —
There's been much discussion in the UK over the possible loss of artistic freedoms in return for private funding. Arts companies in the US have other, and bigger, problems. My own particular area of interest is opera, and the last two years have been particularly harsh in the US -- a dozen companies (with about 400 years of operating history between them) have gone bankrupt in the last two years, and the remainder have reduced the numbers of productions, shortened seasons, deferred new world… Continue
Added by Mike Gibb, Operabase on August 4, 2010 at 23:00 —
Last week I set about arranging a meeting with Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland & Lonsdale http://www.timfarron.co.uk/
I keep an eye on what Tim is up to via his Facebook account and after a little messaging we agreed that as he was about to depart for a break with his family I should take advantage of one of his constituency surgeries in Sedbergh late last Friday afternoon. This seemed convenient, but was too short notice to… Continue
Added by Taylor Nuttall on August 2, 2010 at 20:47 —
, Artistic Director of Contact
(a Manchester theatre that places young people at the heart of everything it does) introduces the views of several young people who will potentially be affected by the proposed cuts to arts… Continue
Added by Barry Priest on August 2, 2010 at 11:18 —
See the link, below, to a Guardian article about a report from the Tory think tank The Centre for Social Justice set up by Iain Duncan Smith.
Added by Dave Moutrey on August 2, 2010 at 8:59 —
12 Visual art representative and membership bodies sent this letter to the Secretary of State earlier this week
" Visual art is a British success story. It contributes to tourism, the knowledge economy, our international standing (particularly in the emerging economies from Sharjah to Singapore) and fuels the creative industries.
Galleries, collections, artists studios, public art and artists projects of many kinds have transformed the fabric of local communities over the… Continue
Added by Hilary Gresty on July 29, 2010 at 15:20 —
There have been several occasions recently where the same stories were posted to both the blog and the forum parts of this site, with consequent splitting of the follow-up responses. The two look somewhat the same but work rather differently.Blogs
. Comments can only be added to the end of the conversation. The front page shows blog posts by their creation date, so entries will inevitably vanish from the front page after a few days. Blogs are… Continue
Added by Mike Gibb, Operabase on July 29, 2010 at 8:00 —
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Added by Marcus Romer on July 28, 2010 at 22:28 —
I just came across this report from the CBI on their views as to what the government needs to do to support the creative industries. Clearly this is only one aspect to the wider cultural life we need to support but I have found this a useful tool today even in explaining to people from outside the sector about the wider creative ecology we need to protect.
A link to the report is here;…
Added by Nick Sherrard on July 27, 2010 at 13:48 —
Follow the link below to read for yourself the make-up of the new Culture Forum (don't confuse with the 'New Culture Forum' a centre-right culture lobbying group), which has been set up to give “the sector an opportunity to engage in the Government’s call for a national debate on the cultural economy” [source: Arts & Business…
Added by Katriona Beales on July 27, 2010 at 12:00 —
In his book ‘The Art of the Turnaround” Michael M. Kaiser talks in his 10 rules about Marketing and making cuts.
He believes that “you cannot save your way to health”. He notes that most arts organisations already do far more with less than their for-profit peers. Budget cuts might be advisable but where one cuts is crucial
“Organisations focused simply on reducing costs will continue to get… Continue
Added by John Caldwell on July 27, 2010 at 11:00 —
At Axis (www.axisweb.org - the online resource for contemporary art) we are keen to hear how cuts are affecting you already or may affect you in the future. We would also welcome your views about how we, together with other visual arts agencies, can lobby on behalf of the many artists and art professionals whose livelihoods are at stake in the current funding crisis. Sheila McGregor, Axis Chief Executive, sets out our concerns at… Continue
Added by Kara Chatten on July 27, 2010 at 10:00 —
At the end of a big day for culture it seems that Hunt has managed quite a feat of presentation. The news is big but the policy is half-baked, and hardly lives up to the standards of transparency held up by this new government. We need to try to take the debate on cuts into the details and what the impacts will be on the ground.…
Added by Nick Sherrard on July 26, 2010 at 23:27 —
From the DCMS website today:
Added by Rachel Jeffcoat on July 26, 2010 at 13:00 —
I'm a researcher who is currently seconded to DCMS working on a project about measuring the value of culture. I'm very interested in many of the conversations and blog posts going on here as much of it seems to relate to how we talk about and understand the value of culture.
The way the value of culture is narrated changes (unsurprisingly) given the context of the conversation. Thus much of the discussions in the media have used ideas about the contribution of… Continue
Added by Dave O'Brien on July 26, 2010 at 10:59 —
Something I wrote for the Guardian back in February. Sadly most of it is still relevant.
Added by Jonathan Holmes on July 24, 2010 at 11:34 —
This is a slightly longer version of an article I wrote for the Evening Standard (… Continue
Added by Samuel West on July 23, 2010 at 16:00 —
Funding the arts costs everyone in Britain 17p per week. That's equivalent to half a pint of milk from Tesco. The arts earn the exchequer around 35p per person per week. That's equivalent to a pint of milk from Tesco. Quite aside from all the reasons the arts are A Good… Continue
Added by Daniel Bye on July 22, 2010 at 14:25 —