Arts funding should be overhauled into a new model that categorises world-class national institutions separately from local organisations.

“We propose a model whereby world-class national cultural institutions, who often receive the most significant levels of public cash, are categorised and allocated funding separately from local and regional cultural institutions.

“This would allow for better comparisons between genuinely grassroots organisations and ensure those organisations in regions where there is a high concentration of national cultural institutions aren’t indirectly negatively impacted by well-meaning attempts to rebalance spending across the country.”

• The government should consider further ways of supporting arts and culture beyond one-off or ’flagship’ funds.
• DCMS should work with other sector organisations to develop a skills training programme for the arts.
• Local communities and decision-makers should be given a greater role in decision-making around arts funding.
• To combat the “existential threat” of the cost-of-living crisis to the arts, the government should urgently bring forward targeted support such as reduced VAT and business rate relief.
• Organisations responsible for distributing funding should take further steps to ensure organisations in the sector are improving conditions for workers.
• The government should take steps to ensure the long-term viability for arts schools that provide industry-backed qualifications.

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