Westminster Media Forum

The future for arts and culture in England - funding, participation and Arts Council England’s new 10-year strategy

December 2019


The seminar began by addressing fundraising, sponsorship, and sector collaboration. Discussion centered on the ongoing debates around the ethical dimension to fundraising in the sector and latest developments in corporate sponsorship of the arts. Delegates shared their thoughts on how the growth of collaborative partnerships in the sector could help organisations achieve operational excellence and be more financially resilient in the face of tighter budgets.


Attendees assessed the potential of software that facilitates collaboration and information sharing between arts organisations, and supports ticketing, marketing, and fundraising for cultural organisations.


Delegates also looked at the role of technology in researching and supporting innovation in arts and culture. In the context of the Culture is Digital update from government, delegates surveyed the progress in addressing the skills gap and improving innovative applications of new technologies as well as opportunities for future development.


Further sessions discussed developing new approaches to widening engagement, enticing the engagement of young people and creating new experiences for audiences, thereby increasing revenue for organisations. next steps to tackling inequality of access to publicly funded culture and combating the challenges for engagement of young people with the arts both within and outside of the education system.


The conference provided an opportunity for discussion on what more can be done to support creative and cultural organisations in undertaking research and development - including mitigating the financial risks through funding, access to knowledge from industry experts, and advice on how to make creative innovation commercially viable.


Furthermore, delegates contemplated how best to develop the cultural workforce, identifying skills development and nurturing creativity as crucial in achieving this goal. Delegates looked at addressing skills shortages in the creative industries to encourage a more diverse group of young people to enter the sector, thereby developing a broader talent pool to draw on, and ensuring that the sector is providing young people with the skills they need.



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Shortly after every Westminster Media Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates