How to save the Arts Council

How to save the Arts Council


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2010

In the new issue of Standpoint magazine, I examine what has gone wrong with arts funding in Britain and propose ten concrete measures for redeeming it. Contrary to popular myth, I do not advocate the abolition of Arts Council England,  alien though it has become from its Keynesian core purposes.

However, if Maynard Keynes’s vision is to be renewed in an era of financial strictures, the Arts Councils that he invented will need root-and-branch reform in order to be fit for their chartered purpose. Heads will have to roll. More importantly, priorities will need to be rewritten.
Ten ways to save arts funding. 
You can read them here –
though I’m sure you’ll be far happier if you subscribe to Daniel Johnson’s excellent magazine.