12 June 2013 at 2.43pm | 10 Comments
There has been a lot of comment in the press over the past couple of months about further cuts to the arts and culture as part of the overall Comprehensive Spending Review. These have obviously caused widespread concern for us all. Leaders of organisations big and small have been talking about other benefits of the sector: jobs created, revenue generated, and the contribution to children's education as well as the art and culture itself. This might all seem quite abstract, but if the review goes ahead with the proposed cuts you will see dramatic changes to the arts and culture in the UK.
We might want to make the argument on the beauty of the art forms and the importance of culture to everyday life, but let's just bring this back to the balance sheet and the supposed purpose of the current spending review: economics.
Whether or not you personally value visual arts, theatre, opera, cinema or dance, it makes no logical sense to cut funding for the arts when the sector generates revenue. Simple as that.
Despite the already severe cuts to the Department for Culture Media and Sport, and the Arts Council, it seems that we are facing more of the same unless we take action. Arts organisations like ourselves have been making the case. But MPs listen to constituents, and we have the rest of this week to influence political opinion.
What can we do to protect the arts?
Below, you will find a template of a message that you can use to contact your MP. If you would like to voice your concern about proposed cuts to the arts and culture, amend as you see fit and use the website They Work For You to send the message.
I have been saddened to hear about the proposed cuts to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
Over and above the economic argument that the arts sector in the UK contributes £4 billion to the national economy and creates 694,700 jobs, I would be very troubled to see our country's cultural strength undermined in this way.
I am a regular visitor to museums, galleries, theatres and other cultural spaces in the UK and would like to urge you not to agree to a cut that will threaten the future of artists and arts organisations of all sizes.
Thanks you for taking the time to read this. If you decide to help us make the case for the arts, additional thanks.