More arts funding 'should go outside London'

More arts funding 'should go outside London'


Theatres, galleries and other cultural groups located outside London should get a bigger share of government arts funding, a committee of MPs has said.

There should be a "better regional balance" in the grants, according to the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport select committee.

They said it was easier for arts organisations in London to raise money through sponsorship and philanthropy.

Arts Council England said it was increasing funding outside London.

The body distributes government money in the form of annual funding to almost 700 venues and other arts organisations.


"We agree that more needs to be done on increasing the proportion of our funding outside the capital," Arts Council chief executive Darren Henley said.

A spokesperson said 56 percent of the Arts Council's annual government funding will be spent outside London 2017/18. This will rise to 60 percent in 2018/19.



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