Is NYC a bad example for Britain?

Britain’s Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to slash the culture budget by 50%, asking the art world to rely on US-style arts philanthropy.  In this article in The Independent, Clemency Burton-Hill says, “If New York is anything to go by it would be a disaster.”

We all know Britain’s in a pretty tight spot these days, but the UK doesn’t have a history or established culture of cultural philanthropy.

Here, The Guardian argues that cuts make bad business sense, comparing the cost of British arts subsidies to a measly half pint of milk per person per week.


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