The Southbank Centre in London, which houses the Hayward Gallery, is one of ACE’s biggest four National Portfolio Organisations in London, along with the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre and the England National Opera.

Should ACE funding be distributed per head of population?

Rebecca Atkinson, 01.11.2013
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A new report criticising disparities in public funding for the arts in England has called for Arts Council England’s (ACE) lottery funds to be distributed across the country on a broadly per capita basis.

Three senior professionals who authored the Rebalancing Our Cultural Capital report, Peter Stark, Christopher Gordon and David Powell, said such a move would produce a “fair share” for the country outside of London of £296m a year (assuming ACE receives £350m in lottery funding per annum for the next five years).

The arts council said in a statement that ensuring a balance of investment across the country will be a priority in its forthcoming investment round, but warned it was “misleading” to look at London’s benefit per capita. 

“Figures on arts council funding relate to where the organisation is administered from, not where its ‘impact’ is – so funding per-head for organisations and companies that are based in London but which tour or have a regional presence will not give an accurate representation.”

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Should ACE funding be distributed per head of population?