DCMS Arts priorities for 2015

Culture Secretary Maria Miller has set out the details of the June Spending Review settlement and its implications for the DCMS and for Arts Council England (ACE). Confirming a funding cut to the Arts Council of 5% for 2014/15 – lower than for some other DCMS clients – she attributed this to having made “strong arguments about the importance of the arts in achieving economic growth.”

In her letter to ACE Chair, Peter Bazalgette, and Chief Executive, Alan Davey, Miller also set out the series of priorities that the DCMS expects ACE to deliver in 2015. The list includes a focus on cultural tourism and providing support for the visitor economy; supporting international cultural exchange and contributing to England’s image abroad; harnessing new digital opportunities; music and cultural education; supporting the cultural legacy of the Olympics; and fundraising – “adding further impetus to organisations’ efforts to increase their share of earned income.”

ACE is also being expected to “continue to bear down on administration costs, to enable a larger portion of the funds provided to be used at the front-line.” Although no targets have been set for this, Miller is demanding that ACE delivers plans for making further admin savings by the end of October 2013 and is expecting that ACE will “meet the costs of any restructuring necessary as a result of this settlement.” She warns that the DCMS could claw back some of ACE’s allocation in the event of “unforeseeable changes in circumstances and priorities” that could arise in the DCMS, and is asking ACE to “hold at least a 5% contingency at any point which may need to be drawn back into the department.” ACE is also subject to the Government’s commitment to removing staff entitlement to pay progression from public sector bodies by the end of 2015 – something that Miller says she will “expect DCMS bodies to support without exception”, and is insisting that progression payments have ceased by the end of 2015.
(Source: Arts Professional)

Our comment:

There is now a push from all sides of the public funding system for arts and cultural organisations to make plans to stand strong and tall on their own two feet. The funding landscape is even more competitive than ever and is going to become a harsher environment for arts institutions and small organisations alike over the next few years. At MyCake’s Culture Benchmark we are dedicated to empowering organisations with the data and guidance that staff working on the strategic and financial model for their organisation must have to be able to adapt to challenges they are facing now and in the very near future. Time to experiment with this analytical and data driven approach is over it’s now an essential part of the shift to becoming a more sustainable sector.

As ever we are very keen to hear from regional clusters or organisations who would like to subscribe to the Culture Benchmark toolkit and benefit from sessions with Sarah on how to get the most of of the data that your organisation already holds. Please send us an enquiry via https://www.mycake.org/culturebenchmark/Default.aspx


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