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Councils have been the unsung heroes of arts funding for decades. Town Halls across the nation are under unprecedented pressure to reduce budgets and deal with increased demands in areas such as social care, but even so our analysis shows the arts have been cut disproportionately in the last five years compared to council services overall (despite the fact that investment in the arts accounts on average for less than ½p in every £1 spent by local authorities in England).
This toolkit will help you understand and engage with commissioning. Being commissioned provides an opportunity for the arts and cultural sector to deliver contracts for a whole range of public services whilst other funding is under increasing pressure. Commissioning is about identifying people’s needs and deciding how best to use the resources available to improve outcomes for communities.
The toolkit has been produced by Royal Opera House Bridge, Artswork and Kent County Council (KCC) for the UK cultural sector as providers, and the people who might commission them. It includes practical advice and learning from people and organisations in Kent who piloted commissioning for wellbeing in 2014.
Theatres are at the heart of our communities. Let’s shout about how much that matters. When our Councillors are taking tough decisions about how to spend our taxes, they need to know how much we value our local theatre’s work and role in the community. Let’s tell them – my theatre matters!
The Arts Council has commissioned a series of six monthly audio podcast magazine programmes exploring the innovative use of digital technology in the arts and cultural sector. The series is hosted by arts and culture broadcaster and journalist John Wilson. The podcasts feature discussion and debate from expert studio guests and pioneering case study examples of digital projects from the arts and cultural sectors.
Each programme in the series focuses on one of the themes at the core of the new Digital R&D Fund for the Arts:
50p for Culture is a National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) campaign to safeguard and increase local authority investment in arts, museums and heritage. We elect councillors to make tough decisions about where to spend our taxes. They have no obligation to spend on arts, museums and heritage so we need to tell them that’s important to us. The average net spend by local authorities is only 16p per person per week. For every £1 spent by local authorities in England less than half a penny is spent on culture. Take action – visit 50pforculture.org to see what your local council spends on the arts. Find tools and ideas and more.