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 Post subject: Re: Arts funding in Scotland
PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2003 2:01 am 
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Shortcut to a smarter future through a youthful culture
By Ruth Wishart for The Herald (Glasgow)


I don't know what they gave Jack McConnell for breakfast yesterday, but he should eat more of it. By lunchtime on St Andrew's Day he was in the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow offering a very different kind of mouth music from what we have come to expect from an administration whose style has often been managerial rather than visionary.

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Here's what Jack must do if he is serious about the arts
By GEORGE KEREVAN for The Scotsman

I SPENT the weekend at a riveting conference in Ullapool discussing - what else is there? - the state of Scottish culture, with the likes of Wendy Alexander, MSP, and the psephologist Professor John Curtice.

It was held in one of Scotland’s best small hotels, The Ceilidh Place, run by the ever-attentive Jean Urquhart. Not that you will find The Ceilidh Place being promoted by VisitScotland. For Jean eschews television sets in the bedrooms, asserting that folk come to her hotel for the dramatic sweep of the sea lochs, the engrossing chat and the beautiful traditional music. They neither want nor need MTV or CNN. But our tourist mentors in VisitScotland decree a gogglebox in every room, or they won’t recognise that you merit publicity.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2003 4:08 am 
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Blurred vision leaves a confused picture
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IT WASN’T a great start to the week for Frank McAveety. On Monday, the tourism, culture and sport minister found himself under the glare of BBC Scotland Newsnight lights trying to explain what his boss, the First Minister, Jack McConnell, really had been talking about in a St Andrew’s Day speech the previous evening when he outlined "a vision and an ideal for arts and culture". Er, well ... and it went downhill from there.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:42 am 
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Oh dear! Not what we wanted to hear, but clearly food for thought:

Scots favour traditional music over opera for public funds

By PHIL MILLER for The Herlad


TRADITIONAL music and theatre are more worthy of public subsidy than opera, classical music and ballet, according to a poll for The Herald.

The results will be a particular blow for opera because it is in a funding crisis. Out of five art forms, opera and ballet polled lowest, with only 2% of respondents wanting to see money spent on them above the others.

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Pursuit of excellence key to the future
By PHILL MILLER, Arts Correspondent The Herald


THE national companies of Scotland are historically venerable, often praised, and sometimes derided.
The nation's two orchestras, its opera and ballet company and new national theatre take up much of the funding of the Scottish Arts Council and are caught at the centre of the debate over arts funding.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2004 12:44 am 
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More articles based on the Herald Arts poll.

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The same thought occurred to me:

Ill-conceived poll on arts funding
Letter in The Herald

SOME three-quarters of a century after Dr Gallup established a "scientific" basis for opinion polling, it is sad to see a newspaper of The Herald's habitual integrity forgetting the simple truth that if you ask ill-conceived questions you get daft and useless answers (Scots favour traditional music over opera for public funds, January 21).

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Crucial role for the arts
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OVER the past two days, The Herald has provided a unique look at attitudes towards the arts in Scotland. Surveys have shown which forms command most affection and what the public believes are the main purposes of arts spending.

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Scots reject funding art for art’s sake
By PHIL MILLER, Arts Correspondent of The Herald


EIGHT out of 10 Scots believe public funding of culture should be of practical benefit rather than just for the sake of art, according to a poll for The Herald.

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 Post subject: Re: Arts funding in Scotland
PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2004 12:51 am 
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See it as wise investment, not subsidy
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Having written librettos for two fine Scottish composers, Alasdair Nicolson and William Sweeney, neither (yet) performed by Scottish Opera, and having heard my words interpreted by such wonderful exponents of traditional song as Karen Matheson and Alyth MacCormack, I find the saga of apparent controversy over funding for music in Scotland quite dispiriting.

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Arts should not be judged by Labour's mantra
By Magnus Linklater for Scotland on Sunday

SOMETIMES it’s the silence of government rather than the noisiness that unnerves you. Big announcements are made, expectations are raised, and then comes - nothing at all. Result, everyone is left feeling anxious, nervy and vaguely irritated. That is the growing feeling I get following Jack McConnell’s stirring speech on St Andrew’s Day last November when he pronounced that culture lay at the heart of government, and promised "to have the courage and faith to back human imagination, our innate creativity, as the most potent force for individual change and social vision".

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Cost of culture is small price to pay
By Sam Galbraith for Scotland on Sunday

THE attack on Scottish Opera is an attack on excellence. It is suffering from its own success. Now it is being told to drop its standards, and to drop out of the international league. Why? I am fed up with Scotland opting for second best. We should aspire to the highest standards in all areas including the arts.

Today it is Scottish Opera, yesterday it was Scottish Ballet and tomorrow it will be someone else. The national companies get the publicity but underneath them there are the other companies and community groups struggling to make ends meet, cutting back and even going to the wall. We are all losing out and my arguments apply to all of them.

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Plan for Scottish Ballet is a step in the right direction

By RUTH WISHART
The Scotland Herald
June 14, 2004


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June 14, 2004

THE Royal Bank of Scotland has won an arts and business award for its work with the Edinburgh Festival.
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Operatic farce as composer resigns

By PHIL MILLER
The Scotland Herald
June 16, 2004

However, in what will be regarded as a serious problem for James Boyle, the head of the commission, the composer resigned after discovering he was the only working artist on the board.
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How arts chiefs foresaw Opera's final act

By TIM CORNWELL
The Scotsman
June 16, 2004

As banks turned their backs, the Scottish Arts Council picked up the crisis bill with a £4.5 million advance to the Opera. But soon, a new demand was hanging over Scottish Opera; it had to pay the money back within two years.
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Three-year freeze on lottery cash for arts buildings

By PHIL MILLER
The Herald
July 22, 2004

There will be no National Lottery money for major cultural building projects in Scotland for a three-year period from October because of a funding freeze by the Scottish Arts Council
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Royal composer — Scots arts wrecked
By Karin Goodwin for The Times


THE royal composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has attacked Jack McConnell’s arts strategy as a “jackboot in the face of Scottish culture”.

Maxwell Davies, who has lived in Orkney for 30 years, claims a “vicious” executive has destroyed Scottish hopes of a thriving arts scene. The composer, who will be 70 this September, believes the arts are being underfunded, a situation which he said cannot be excused in the wake of hugely escalating costs of the Scottish parliament building.

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Departing opera chief hits out over funding
By Gillian Harris, Scotland Correspondent for The Times


THE chairman of two of Scotland’s national arts companies announced his decision to stand down yesterday.

Duncan McGhie, joint chairman of the boards of Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet, said his move was not a direct result of recent turmoil at the opera company but criticised the Scottish Executive for failing to provide extra funding.

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Scottish Arts: Turning a drama into a crisis

By BILL JAMIESON
The Scotsman
August 20, 2004

Seldom has there been a more stark paradox between a country capable of hosting arguably the most prestigious cluster of arts festivals in the world, and an administration widely seen to be at odds with the country’s own arts and cultural establishment.
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Shameful lack of venues

By ALASDAIR H MACINNES
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August 28, 2004

The Edinburgh Festivals and the Fringe are a glorious testament to our ability to dazzle the world, despite the shameful lack of proper venues to showcase the indigenous and international talent that graces Edinburgh and other locations in Scotland.
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