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The culture secretary, James Purnell, warns against applying the arts council model of funding to public broadcasting.
Artistic licence fees Guardian Unlimited - UK, January 11 The balance between accountability and creative freedom has fallen somewhat out of kilter in recent years. http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/matthew_taylor/2008/01/artistic_licence_fees.html
Government requires artists’ to have practice cards 09/01/2008 (GMT+7) VietNamNet Bridge Five years ago, the practice card granted to artists was annulled along with sub-licenses, but the card will soon return under a Decree recently issued by the Government. Accordingly, one of the missions of the Ministry of Culture - Sports - Tourism is guiding the issuance of practice cards for artists and licensing art shows. Pham Dinh Thang, a senior official of the Performance Art Agency, said it is necessary to resume granting practice cards to better control performance activities. The halt of issuing practice cards five years ago caused difficulties to local culture management agencies in managing performance activities and controlling artists. The card’s annulment is said to have caused artistic violations, such as participating in overseas shows without asking authorities, not declaring income, illegally issuing albums, etc. To get a card, an artist must pass an exam that is supposed to gauge his talent. Thang said most professional artists support the re-issuance of practice cards for artists, saying that the card is a “certificate of quality;” this is particularly important to some as impersonators assume famous artists’ names to cheat audiences. Many cases of this have been reported, particularly in rural areas that advertise shows featuring famous singers who are in fact fakes. http://english.vietnamnet.vn/lifestyle/2008/01/763278/
Arts organisations hoping to qualify for public funding will in future need at least two artists on their board under proposals to be released by the Culture Secretary today.
A study that explores interpretations of the provision in the Finnish constitution that states: 'The freedom of art is guaranteed'.
Prominent artists and writers, cognizant of a long, dark history of repression, have been expressing deep anxiety about the government starting to encroach on artistic freedom.