Tag Archives: Arts Council England

Arts Council England axes Jazz Services and provides a sweetener to English National Opera

In the recent Arts Council funding round Jazz Services did not secure funding. To put the cut in context it is always useful for people to look at the work Jazz Services has undertaken by visiting the last Annual Report – a labour intensive exercise with two more are on the way http://www.jazzservices.org.uk/index.php/jazz-services-resources-reports/item/773 Jazz Services […]

Peter Bazalgette of Arts Council England – “Don’t Blame Me”.

There was an article in the Observer on the 15th June 2014 by Vanessa Thorpe  “Arts in crisis – blame lies with council cuts”.  For the chairman of the Arts Council to pin the blame on local authorities budgets is disingenuous at best. Finding a scapegoat  reminds me of the the young aristocrat expaining to […]

What goes around comes around – and around again

The Guardian reported on the 17th January 2013 that English National Opera had made a loss of £2.2 million for the financial year 2011/2012. Opera is an expensive form of music to put on and it would be easy to snipe away about under represented musics at the expense of opera. How ever there are musicians livelihoods at stake and the financial loss […]

Time for a bank for the arts

Karl Marx said “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce”. Arnold J. Toynbee in “Civilisation on Trial” asked the question does history repeat itself? and his conclusion  “seems to be that human history does turn out ,on occasion, to have repeated itself up to date in a significant sense even in spheres of human activity in which the […]

Hutton Fair Pay Review

The Hutton Fair Pay Review was launched in the summer of 2010. I responded and needless to say received no acknowledgement or reply. But then when you point out that there are no many posts in quangos which used to be vocational unpaid appointments filed by people who wished to serve the public for altruistic reasons not […]