Arts Council England and Core Cities UK have launched an enquiry into the future of culture in cities, including how policy makers, funders and culture organisations can build resources to enable culture to flourish. The intention is to use the insight and evidence gathered to produce a report in autumn 2018 and you can submit evidence as a local authority or culture organisation before 30 May 2018.
The enquiry will look at:
- The possibilities of unlocking new funding streams from culture's contribution to government priorities (integrated communities, skills and education)
- The use of tax incentives to encourage cultural investment and philanthropy
- Supporting culture organisations to develop sources of commerical revenue and lead to self-sustainable models
- How cities and cultural organisations can make greater use of alternative financing like social investment, peer-to-peer lending and other forms of repayable finance
- Increasing non-traditional sources of giving through crowdfunding or local sponsorship
- Whether effective use of planning systems or incentives for developers could provide spaces for culture
The enquiry, developed by Arts Council England and Core Cities UK, will be chaired by Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia, working alongside Arts Council England Chair Sir Nicholas Serota and various leaders from the cultural, education, and finance sectors.
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, said: “Culture is an integral part of life in cities and we need to secure the creative strengths of our great cities, by finding fresh ways of doing things. The Cultural Cities Enquiry will look at the current challenges and seek to provide answers. The pressures on our cities may be great, but the prize is cities that are rewarding places to live in.”
Image of Hull 2017 City of Culture from Hull 2017 website.