The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Funding of the Arts and Heritage

28 July 2010

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched a new inquiry and call for evidence into The Funding of the Arts and Heritage.

The Committee is inviting written submissions and requesting views on the following issues:

  • What impact recent, and future, spending cuts from central and local Government will have on the arts and heritage at a national and local level;
  • What arts organisations can do to work more closely together in order to reduce duplication of effort and to make economies of scale;
  • What level of public subsidy for the arts and heritage is necessary and sustainable;
  • Whether the current system, and structure, of funding distribution is the right one;
  • What impact recent changes to the distribution of National Lottery funds will have on arts and heritage organisations;
  • Whether the policy guidelines for National Lottery funding need to be reviewed;
  • The impact of recent changes to DCMS arm’s-length bodies - in particular the abolition of the UK Film Council and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council;
  • Whether businesses and philanthropists can play a long-term role in funding arts at a national and local level;
  • Whether there need to be more Government incentives to encourage private donations.
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