UK Music - open letter to Arts Council; making the case for popular music
09 Apr 2018
An open letter to Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council that was submitted as evidence, as part of Arts’ Council’s ‘conversation’ about it’s 10-year funding strategy 2020 – 2030, in which it fairly challenges the organisation for its disproportionate funding of classical and opera, to the detriment of other, more popular genres (and which draw a larger audience and export revenue share of the UK music industry).
In fact, for the current period 2018 – 2022, Opera is to receive 62% of the total Arts Council funding available for music (£228,719,452), whereas Jazz will receive just 2% (£6,955,760). In total, only 8 per cent of music funding is awarded to bids related to popular music. In short, for every £1 awarded to popular music, opera gets £8.
This letter makes the case for increased funding for popular music, and suggests how those currently well-supported organisations ought to be encouraged to creatively engage with corporations and high net worth individuals in pursuit of patronage, and rely/ depend upon Arts Council funding less.
It also proposes the organisation support initiatives to improve music education, social mobility, and the industry’s ecosystem.
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