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Issue 330: Freelancing

  • Freelancing

    02 Jan 2020

    Artists are the lifeblood of the arts, but their direct funding has steadily declined over the past two decades. A change in approach is now essential, says Susan Jones.

    Direct grants empower artists. This type of funding, by supporting artistic experiment and risk, enables them to ‘get ahead’ over a life-cycle and fosters equality across the arts.

    Yet in England it is capital funding for politically-led regional arts regeneration that has consistently preoccupied National Lottery funding. The combination of keeping a growing, permanent infrastructure of arts buildings afloat and arts policy imperatives determined to professionalise the arts workforce... more

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