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The arts and culture play an important part in fostering the social, economic and cultural capital of an area. They are an important vehicle for ‘place making’ and many councils have invested in the sector over the years. But councils, in the face of unprecedented budget cuts and the competing demands of other services, are under increasing pressure to reduce their funding for arts and cultural activities. At the same time, funding bodies such as the Arts Council are also seeing their budgets trimmed, limiting still further the viability of the previous model of public support for the arts and culture.
In the face of this worsening financial situation, how can councils continue to support a resilient and flourishing arts and cultural scene in their localities?
This conference will report and build on research published by NLGN over the summer which looked at innovative approaches to sustain support for the arts and culture that go beyond the relentless pressure on budgets for grants and direct financial support.
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