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Arts Quarter Launches Philanthropy in the Arts Report

31st March 2011


To download a summary of the Report, click here

To request a full copy of AQ's Report, The Cultural Sector's Response to the Coalition's Arts Philanthropy Agenda, free of charge, click here


AQ has released the findings of its sector-wide consultation on the Philanthropy in the Arts Agenda as announced by Department for Culture, Media & Sport Secretary, Jeremy Hunt in December 2010.

Findings report the views of 587 arts organisations from across England and provide a clear steer to DCMS and Arts Council England as to the immediate concerns of the sector as both bodies now move to implement the key points of the Agenda.


While action on improving philanthropy is welcomed, respondents call for three key aspects of the Agenda to be delivered immediately to allow them to meet its aspirations and offset the impacts of subsidy cuts:

Definition and launch of the proposed match funding scheme with details of the areas it wants to see incentivised,

Urgent fundraising capacity building across the sector - providing a clear steer on areas in most urgent need of focus,

Significant tax reform to incentivise philanthropy.


Respondents also call for:

Further assurances that subsidy will continue to remain an ongoing and significant part of their revenue mix,

Higher levels of engagement and support by business in the arts,

Greater promotion by Government generally of philanthropy within society.


The sector also shares its position on the viability of other aspects of the Agenda including legacy giving, receiving gifts from overseas donors and use of the Honours System to encourage philanthropy.


A summary of findings is available by clicking on the link above. A copy of the full report can be obtained free of charge by request to info@artsquarter.co.uk.


In all, some 587 arts organisations took part in the online Survey from 17th February to 18th March 2011. The report looks in detail at the views of the cultural sector in England on the various point of the Philanthropy in the Arts Agenda as outlined by Sectretary of State Jeremy Hunt in December 2010.

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