The EvilImp™ 'KISS'

The State of the Arts conference, held last week, was a ridiculous waste of time and money, mainly because those taking part were pretty ridiculous. We sincerely hope it was only the inarticulate, rambling, "couldn't make a point if their life depended on it" people that got to speak or ask questions because if not the arts are completely screwed.

Anyway, one other thing that came up was the point that the arts, as a collective whole, needs to better articulate its case for funding. Naturally the response was to produce a booklet written by, we imagine, people that give beige paint a run for it's money in the "interesting" stakes.

We, here in TheLab™, didn't read it because it's 38 pages long and doesn't have any funny pictures in it and we thought we could do better with an hour or two and a copy of Photoshop.

Remember, love is for always, not just valentine's day people!

[ Read 'Arts Funding, Austerity and the Big Society Remaking the case for the arts' if you have lost the will to live ]

  • J.C.

    Yes, I agree its a very strong subject to cover, but don't you think its important to spread the word of what possibilities are actually out there for the dancers in this time, and how to beat it? Of ways how to survive as a self employed person in this industry, as for the majority of dancers, its not just a job, but a lifestyle! Surely dance isn't surviving purely on funding for there to be drastic changes that we can all benefit from, and change how dance is perceived in the UK. I feel we need to stop trying to cling on to what we have left, and start a new revolution. Put out the candles, and start a fire!!!

  • Covering ways to survive outside of the funding system is a good idea. However, the main problem is that a huge numbers of projects, especially education projects, are funded by development agencies, schools, colleges and local councils, basically government funding, a lot of which is being cut or completely removed.

    No selfless, altruistic corporations or individuals have thus far stepped forward to fill the void.

    Sans a sweeping reform of tax law, to possibly encourage more philanthropy toward individuals, state funding is the first option for most.

    Perhaps the revolution needs to come in the form of demanding fundamental reform in the way tax money is used, it is your money after all.

  • J.C.

    I totally agree that the arts funding is VERY important, BUT, for heavens sake PLEASE post positive blogs, of which we as dancers can all be encouraged and inspired from. We all know that its a tough time, but lets be honest, for a dance profession, its never been that easy.
    Is the funding all there is to write about?

  • It is an important subject to cover and to critique because the policy makers are the ones making it unnecessarily difficult for people to work in the dance profession. Better policy leading to a more progressive funding system means a better art form. Our video, interview and feature sections have numerous articles that are not concerned with funding and we are trying very hard to increase our video coverage, especially of new dance makers.

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