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The right approach to philanthropy

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The right approach to philanthropy

A charity that lobbies on behalf of museums and galleries has warned that philanthropy “cannot and should not” replace public funding of the arts. In its response to the Government’s Green Paper on giving, independently funded Art Fund has made a number of recommendations to encourage a culture of giving. The national fundraising charity says that the honours system could be used better and arts organisations could be creative in the way they recognise donor contributions. It also calls for match-funding, using government and National Lottery money, to stimulate giving. Two of its recommendations, to simplify Gift Aid and to increase incentives for people to leave money to charities in their wills, have already been addressed by the Chancellor’s Budget. The Cabinet Office will publish its final proposals later in the Spring.

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First published on Arts Professional http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk

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April 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

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Arts urged to avoid the digital desert

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Arts urged to avoid the digital desert

An ambitious training programme has been launched as part of a mutually beneficial partnership between the BBC and Arts Council England (ACE). It aims to help arts organisations explore and exploit digital platforms with the aim of reaching wider audiences, increasing engagement and boosting profits. Alan Davey, Chief Executive of ACE, mixed encouragement with chastisement in his launch speech: The successes, including the Royal Opera House’s screenings of ‘Carmen’ in 3D, were held up as an example to arts organisations “itching” to embrace digital opportunities. However, Davey warned that: “the arts cannot live in a void while the world around them changes and evolves”.

He highlighted that only four per cent of ACE-funded organisations were producing art in a digital form three years ago, and the challenge is to match the gap in skills and knowledge in the arts sector with the “huge public appetite” for digital content. The prize on offer is an international reputation for innovation, according to Davey. The Barbican’s Managing Director, Nicholas Kenyon, said the venue was looking at launching a digital membership package to allow subscribers to watch content online. Mark Thompson, the BBC’s Director-General said the BBC was able to offer expertise and knowledge of the “economics and the politics of digital distribution”. The pilot scheme will run until August 2012 and consist of seminars around the country, facilitated masterclasses, an online resource of filmed and streamed content, and a guide to commissioning.

(first published on Arts Professional website)

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March 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

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Relief or raise?

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Creative artists could face tax hikes and charities may be burdened with more administration costs if official recommendations to change the tax relief system are adopted by the Government. Following an in-depth review, the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), set up by the Chancellor last year, has published its final report into simplifying the tax relief system. It reviewed 155 tax reliefs, and key recommendations include merging National Insurance and income tax, abolishing the £8,500 threshold at which expenses and benefits are tax-free, and reviewing Inheritance tax and trusts. The OTS also recommends that the qualifying investments for charity tax relief be retained. Merging National Insurance and income tax could be boon for charities as it may mean a boost in Gift Aid receipts, if approved. However abolishing the £8,500 threshold means charities would have to spend more time on processing the expenses receipts from volunteers. The OTS does not see why artists “should receive favourable tax treatment” by being able to “average their profits and consequently their tax liability”. There remain 883 tax reliefs that have not been examined. The Chancellor will announce his response to the OTS report in his next Budget statement.
(first published on Arts Professional website, 10 March 2011)

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March 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm

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Smaller charities say collaboration works, especially if it is with local partners with similar aims http://ping.fm/YvWw9

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February 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

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My article about collaboration in the arts for Arts Professional magazine http://ping.fm/7EgDK

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February 24, 2011 at 10:56 pm

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Life without TV (but not YouTube). Maybe.. and benefit from finding out and learning more: http://ping.fm/nSIao

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February 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

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Right, back to the wallpapering. Funnily enough that’s what I hear Mubarak is doing #Mubarak #Egypt

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February 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

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Reading about John Ruskin, cool bloke (influenced Ghandi) – wonder what he would have made of selling of forests

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January 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

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Andrew Lansley, Health Sec, spotted this afternoon at Funky Funhouse playbarn, clutching the ubiquitous Treasury Green folder.

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September 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm

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September 24, 2010 at 7:40 am

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