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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).
But the Fund is heavily oversubscribed and the deadline for applications passed on October 9th.
Davey is rightly worried that the Fund will prove to be no more than a sticking plaster if the government- Labour or Conservative- becomes “complacent” about the arts sector and cuts funding for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in next year’s Budget.
Davey told the Times: “with Sustain we have provided a bridge to the other side of the recession. If when we get there we find that public funding is cut then all that investment that’s gone on in the last few years will be wasted”.
NDotM firmly believes that investment in the arts is a cross-party issue. It is vital that future governments maintain the historically high levels of investment in the creative and cultural sector that the UK has witnessed over the last 12 years.
The arts didn’t get us into this recession, but they can help drive us out.