Voting has now opened for Culture Forum
here is the voting info
“The forum will be the independent voice for the arts focusing on the immediate needs of the arts and the role of the private sector in helping to deliver those needs. It will be democratically elected ensuring that voices from large and small, metropolitan and regional organisations are represented. We will be offering the forum as the consultative group that the Government can work with to make the best decisions for our cultural funding ecology going forward.
Arts organisations are particularly vulnerable to local authority spending cuts and it is often those organisations away from the metropolitan centres that struggle with business and private funding. This forum provides an opportunity for the sector to identify strengths and weaknesses and create a platform on which arts organisations can build stronger relations with private funders, particularly in the regions.”
Louise de Winter, Director of The National Camaign for the Arts
This is Arts & Business’ new initiative to give the arts a national voice and direct line to government in the coming funding shake up. In association with the National Campaign for the Arts (NCA), we are creating the forum of leading cultural figures to identify and activate enterprising responses and solutions to budget shortfalls.
We received 75 nominations for 20 posts. We are looking for between 4-6 representatives each from small, medium, large and major cultural organisations.
We will be asking our shared membership to vote from Thursday 8 July until Monday July 19. Please follow this link to find out more.
We welcome public feedback and will be making the process transparent using digital media and the twitter hashtag #cultureforum for live discussions to be held during the meetings. If elections do not create a representative panel, we will add 2-3 appointed representatives to address any imbalances.
What will the Culture Forum do and what is the role of a Forum Representative?
• Culture Forum representatives will have a direct line to Government on the following issues:
• Growing the contribution from the private sector to invest in the cultural sector
• Feedback on the impact and effects of cuts to the arts sector
• Sharing insight into the strongest counter cuts arguments
• Acting as a key agent for an arts dialogue on the Government’s Big Society agenda
• Idea generation for innovative funding models, efficiencies and ways for the cultural sector to work with the private sector.
• Fine tuning Arts & Business’ Private Sector Policy for the Arts to increase cultural philanthropy
• The Forum will meet in person three times before the Autumn (July, August and September) to feed into the Chancellor’s call for feedback and comments on policy as part of the Government’s ‘Big Conversation’.
A paper with the outcomes of each meeting will be delivered to the Chancellor, Secretary of State for Culture, Minister for Culture and senior officials as appropriate.
• Announcement of Members of Culture Forum: 20 July
• Culture Forum meetings will be held on:
• Tuesday 27 July 2pm – 4pm Arts & Business, London, SE1 2NY
• Tuesday 24 August 2pm – 4pm location tbc
• Tuesday 21 September 2pm – 4pm location tbc