The National Assembly for Wales has launched an inquiry into non-public funding of the arts.
In a statement published on the National Assembly for Wales website, the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee, who will be holding the consultation, outline the terms of reference for the inquiry that will close on August 25th 2017.
In the statement, reference is made to the 3.5% increase “in cash terms” to the Arts Council of Wales for the 2017-18 draft budget, but also says that along with that increase Cabinet Secretary Ken Skates asked the Council to “accelerate its work to help its portfolio organisations, and the wider sector, to increase their self-generated income”.
It goes on to say, “The Committee’s inquiry will investigate the success of the arts sector in Wales at increasing its non-public funding, the distribution of non-public arts funding in Wales and international models of best-practice that Wales could look to emulate in this regard.”
The Terms of Reference for the inquiry will cover “the effectiveness of efforts to increase non-public funding of the arts in Wales by bodies including the Arts Council, local authorities and artists and arts organisations themselves. This funding would include: earned income, philanthropy, and investment.” In addition the committee will be looking into “international examples of innovative approaches to raising non-public funding of the arts.”
The committee welcomes public submissions on the matter. There are guidelines on how to submit evidence here.
Contact details for anyone wishing to speak tot he committee are as follows:
Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Telephone: 0300 200 6565