Proving our worth – a couple of good links

To add to my previous post about the Culture Secretary’s recent pronouncements, I’d like to add a few things:

  1. Thanks to Paul Kelly for proving all the links to all the reports that I didn’t, ahem, get round to doing – it’s in among the comments on the original post.
  2. Apparently they order these things better in Canada – here’s a link to recent research showing the value placed on the performing arts by the Canadian public. This is from the Canadian Arts Presenting Programme via my friend Patrice Baldwin: Landmark Study Sheds Light on Profound Benefits of the Performing Arts.
  3. And I couldn’t put it better myself than in this Evening Harold spoof: “Singing in playground banned as Minister says culture must be presented as a commodity” – thanks to my friend Leaping Badger for spotting this.

Toodle pip.

Published in: on April 30, 2013 at 13:31  Comments (1)  

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  1. Sorry, me again. It’s not just Canada. There was an interesting looking report produced in 2003 by the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. The report is titled “The Artistic Dividend: The Arts’ Hidden Contributions to Regional Development” and is available here:

    Arts Council Ireland commissioned research in the mid-2000s leading to the 2008 report “Assessment of Economic Impact of the Arts in Ireland – Arts and Culture Scoping Research Project” by Indecon International Economic Consultants with updates in 2010 and 2012 – all available here:

    There is also quite a bit of weighty academic literature on the topic including the German Bruno S. Frey’s 2003 “Arts & Economics: Analysis & Cultural Policy”, the Australian David Throsby’s 2010 “The Economics of Cultural Policy” and in the UK, Ruth Towse’s 2010 “A Textbook of Cultural Economics” (all on Amazon).

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