Westminster Media Forum

Cultural funding in England - partnerships, income streams and policy priorities

Thursday, 27th April 2017

Central London


This seminar will examine next steps for tackling the funding challenges facing the cultural sector in England, and the latest progress in implementing proposals set out in the Culture White Paper.

It takes place as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport analyses feedback from its tailored review of Arts Council England, in light of a separate review into the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund, and in anticipation of a new tax relief for museums and galleries following a consultation held by HM Treasury. Discussion will also be informed by the Creative Industries Council’s five year strategy which focuses on financial sustainability, growing exports and IP management, and amid continuing economic uncertainty over the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on central and local government spending.

Sessions will consider the way forward for fostering a sustainable and competitive sector moving forwards, with particular focus on mitigating the impact of further predicted reductions to local authority, grant-in-aid and lottery funding, including securing a fair spread of public investment across England and promoting effective financial management within the sector.

Further sessions will assess new financial models and revenue sources such as the rise of matched crowdfunding, corporate sponsorship, maximising IP assets and building closer connections with international partners.

Guests of Honour

Victoria MacCallum

Head of Museums, Arm's Length Bodies, Appointments and Honours, DCMS

Richard Russell

Chief Operating Officer, Arts Council England

Guests of Honour

Richard Russell

Chief Operating Officer, Arts Council England

Victoria MacCallum

Head of Museums, Arm's Length Bodies, Appointments and Honours, DCMS

Keynote Speaker

Graham Sheffield

Director of Arts, British Council


Helen Goodman MP

Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Protection of Cultural Heritage


Des Violaris

Director, UK Arts and Culture, BP

Phil Edgar-Jones

Director, Sky Arts

Jim Beirne

Chief Executive, Live Theatre

Richard Hickson

Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Camelot UK Lotteries

Val Birchall

Assistant Director for Culture & Visitor Economy, Birmingham City Council

Dr Stephen Deuchar

Director, Art Fund

Charles Saumarez Smith

Secretary and Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Arts

Mahmood Reza

Owner and Manager, Pro Active Resolutions