some of comments the recent post on the Guardian Blog post about cuts make depressing reading
It is clear that as a sector we have to make the case about the wider reaching effects of the cuts and wider impact they will inevitably have.
To be able to get the support we need not just from within the sector is vital
which is why the tookit from ACE has important facts and info in it. I was able to use the info from this after I was called by the BBC to do a live Radio interview with 5 minutes notice.
The figures of 0.7% of Government spending is for the Arts, and that this is less than the cost of half a pint of milk a week about 17p was useful to be able articulate during the interview.
In terms of returns it is easier to make cogent arguments and not to talk about subsidy - but that of investment - where each pound invested produces £2.00 in return. This is a very strong business model and shows fiscal value.
We know that we should be aware of talking in purely financial terms about this, but when the agenda is financial and budgetary then it is prudent to be clear about the money and the actual value of the returns.
The toolkit of info can be found on here http://artsfunding.ning.com/profiles/blogs/ace-toolkit-with-lobbying