An open letter to all non-NPOs: sometimes it pays not to be funded

David Byrne of the New Diorama Theatre, wrote an open letter in response to the latest NPO funding round. It’s one of the most positive, refreshing and exciting letters I have ever seen about arts funding, and I think it’s worth preserving for posterity. The letter was published in The Guardian, but here is the text in full:


Watching the Arts Council’s funding announcements, celebrations and commiserations fizz on my Twitter timeline last week, I was reminded of a panel I sat on just a year ago. I was next to an artistic director of a very well-subsidised London theatre who said the line that I’d heard many times before: “If our NPO grant, our Arts Council subsidy, gets cut, salami sliced any further, we will no longer be able to afford to take risks.”

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Review: Ladybird by Secret/Heart

LadybirdLadybird is not your average Christmas show, and I have to applaud the The New Diorama Theatre for programming it in December, which made a welcome alternative to the jolly muzak and tinsel-ridden images otherwise pervading our culture at this time of year.

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Mass media forum for emerging artists

It was great to see a new partnership announced this week between Arts Council England and Channel4, to support emerging artists. Young artists are the future of the arts, and without support there will be no art in years to come. Bringing it to a mass market is a welcome initiative in a time when opportunities are scarce.

Well done to Channel 4 for continuing to develop our cultural heritage, and to Arts Council England for supporting them!

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