Lebrecht to Israel Phil: Reject government fundingmain
Haaretz has published a summary of a lecture I gave in Jerusalem a couple of months back, assessing the future of arts funding.
Among other points, I urged the Israel Philharmonic and Israel Opera to cut the apron strings of public funding and reclaim their artistic freedom. The arts in Israel are under pressure from the culture minister Miri Regev to show ‘national loyalty’ in exchange for state cash, which many find unacceptable.
The Israeli film industry has boomed by using other resources. The music institutions, however, have been too timid to break free from the nanny state. ‘Government support is choking the Philharmonic,’ I argued. There are plenty of alternative options. With a change of management at both the Philharmonic and the Opera, this is a good time to declare independence.
You can access the Haaretz article here (in Hebrew).