The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is today announcing a short inquiry into the work of Arts Council England.
Arts Council England supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. They have stated that, between 2011 and 2015, they will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help foster the arts “for as many people as possible across the country”.
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has decided to conduct a general investigation into the work of Arts Council England, including its scope, scale and remit. We wish to examine the economic and artistic criteria that underpin funding decisions. Furthermore, we seek views on whether the geographical distribution of funding is fair and the justification for the current weighting of this towards London.
The Committee invites written evidence from those who wish to contribute to the inquiry.
How to respond
Written submissions should be sent online via the "Arts Council England" inquiry page of our website. This web portal will be open for submissions from Friday 10 January. Submissions should be received by Monday 24 February 2014.