Author Archives: Chris

Equality for female and male composers promotes quality in the arts?

There was a leader article in the Guardian on the 8th March 2018,  “Equality for female and male composers promotes quality in the arts”. Whilst gratifying to read it was regrettable that the article was only concerned with classical music; the problem is a lot deeper than public performance. For example the Huddersfield Contempary Music […]

Arts Council England funding of National Portfolio Organisations for jazz 2014/2018

Arts Council England funding of National Portfolio Organisations (NPO) for jazz 2014/2018 National Portfolio Organisations for jazz NPO funding 14/15 £ NPO funding 15/16 £ % increase or (decrease) on 14/15 NPO funding 16/17 £ % increase or (decrease) on 15/16 NPO funding 17/18 £ % increase or (decrease) On 16/17 Total % increase or […]

Welcome to Airstrip One

An article the UK leaving the EC in the Guardian on the 14th October –  “Brexit row breaks into war of words.”  Sadly  the politicians who favour Brexit do the electorate a disservice. Nigel Lawson and Iain Duncan Smith’s stance on Brexit is reprehensible, naive and febrile‎. They are dancing with the clapped out ideology […]

“Opera is often derided as elitist”

There was a leader article, “Opera is often derided as elitist”, in the Guardian on the 28th September 2017. Regrettably the article ignores the fact that opera in the UK receives a disproportionate amount of public subsidy compared to other art forms and like the banks are too big to fail. In a time of […]

Arts Councils funding decisions are based on the bounded rationality of the past.

On the 16th July 2017 the Observer reported that the Arts Council had rejected an application from the Music Venue Trust for support for venues.  I am not surprised the Arts Council rejected the Music Venue Trust’s application, as the majority of the Arts Councils funding decisions are based on the bounded rationality of the […]

The Arts Council funds the arts in England for four years without coherent art form policies

The Arts Council has published funding for the four year national portfolio organisations (28th June 2017). The Arts Councils method of funding the Arts in England is fatally flawed. The problem is that the funding decisions are not informed by a coherent art form policy that would hold the Arts Council to account.‎ Further more […]

The NHS needs your support

In America the biggest crime  is not larceny but to be poor. In the UK you hear loose talk from the right wing press about having an American style health service. What these people neglect to understand, is that if you have no medical insurance you are consigned to the human scrap heap. They ignore […]

Peter Bazelgette on empathy and the arts

In the Observer (22nd January 2017  Peter Bazalgett’s  wrote an article “The power of culture – what I learned after four years at the helm of our arts”, this was a plug for his book “The Empathy Instinct”. You can read reviews of the book elsewhere. However for all his talk of “empathy” and the […]

Letter to America

A friend of mine wrote to Barrack Obama to congratulate him on his tenure as President of the USA.  The letter is a superb, succinct summary of Barrack Obama’s achievements. I have redacted the name and address. President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC. USA January 6 2017 Dear President […]

Banging your head against a brick wall – again and again and again

In 2010  the Culture, Media and Sport Committee held and enquiry into the Funding of the arts and heritage. I submitted two reports to the enquiry, from Jazz Services and the Association of British Jazz Musicians. They were published on 22 March 2011. There were 239 written submissions and apart from Jazz Services and the Association of British Jazz Musicians […]