New Deal of the Mind has become The Creative Society
Since founder and CEO Martin Bright wrote the article that kick-started our work, the concept of a New Deal of the Mind has provided a mutually rewarding service in which creative organisations and businesses have directly benefitted from the creation of over 1000 sustainable jobs for young people.
As our work has evolved however, we’ve had to evolve with it, and now need a new way to better reflect the positive outcomes that we as New Deal of the Mind have helped to shape.
We are therefore evolving our brand to become known as The Creative Society with a mission to build and support the creative economy.
Look out for changes across our social media sites – coming very soon.
It is worrying to hear Alan Davey, chief executive of the Arts Council England, talking so pessimistically. The arts, he argues, may be in “grave danger”.
In an interview with the Times, Davey suggests the money may be running out. The Arts Council’s £40m Sustain Fund is all but spent, leaving thousands of arts organisations at the mercy of the downturn.
So far £17million has been allocated to 52 organisations, including the Royal Opera House (pictured) (£700,00), the London Symphony Orchestra (£600,00) and the Almeida theatre (£175,000).
NDotM is glad to note that the Guardian is running a series of podcasts from the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The most recent podcast, a 30-minute panel seminar discussion entitled ’An age of austerity for the arts?‘, is of particular interest. It’s a rallying call for Britain’s creative industries.
Professor Elaine Thomas, vice-chancellor of the University of the Creative Arts, writes in the Guardian that Britain needs a more creative approach to economic recovery. She’s clearly thinking along NDotM lines.
Britain has just experienced its sixth successive quarter of negative economic growth and the Government is about commence a firesale of national assets in order to balance the books.
NDotM has long called for greater investment (and job creation) in all the creative industries as a means of driving economic growth.
A great article in yesterday’s New York Times. The digitalisation of US archival collections has, over the last two years, received a great boost from the philanthropic donations of the Leon Levy Foundation. It seems the US are stealing a march over the UK on archive digitalisation.
Since 2007, over twenty leading academic, historical and cultural institutions in the US have received funds totalling $10.3m from the Foundation to “identify, digitalise and preserve their archival collections and make them available online and to the public”. (more…)
Interesting to read esteemed labour economist David Blanchflower’s article in the Mirror, in which he urges the Government to do more to get the UK’s young people back into work.
Blanchflower recently hit headlines following his scathing attack on Tory spending plans unveiled by shadow chancellor George Osborne at last week’s Conservative Party conference, saying that too many cuts too soon could plunge the country into depression.