IFACCA's D’Art Report No. 9 ‘Independence of government arts funding: A Review’ (L’Indépendance du financement public des arts) is now available in French.
This report presents a global perspective on independence in government arts support, exploring issues such as the ‘arm’s length principle’ and the ‘arts council versus ministry’ debate. The report does not promote any model, nor argue for any particular degree of independence. It explores arts policy models and frameworks through a neutral lens, surveying the incidence of different approaches around the world and summarising expert opinion on the strengths and weaknesses of the main approaches.
The report presents previously unpublished arts council data on a range of factors – such as decision making rules and appointments processes – that impact on the independence of arts agencies from government. These data, along with a review of the key literature, are used to probe two fundamental questions: how much influence do governments have over arts funding, and how much influence should they have?
This report is the result of work going back to the birth of IFACCA at the first World Summit on the Arts and Culture in Canada in 2000 – and was released in preparation for the 4th World Summit in Joburg in 2009. Our thanks to the many policymakers, researchers and commentators around the world who have provided input into this work. We hope the report is a useful resource and a stimulus for further research, discussion and debate about the independence of government arts support.
Discover-Découvrir-Descubrir – or D’Art for short – aims to create international ‘knowledge links’ and to consolidate arts policy knowledge and expertise into a central public resource. While arts councils and ministries of culture around the world face similar challenges it is not always easy for policymakers and researchers to find out who else is working on similar issues, or how others have tackled common problems. The D’Art program utilises IFACCA’s unique global network to help bridge the information divide. When a member is faced with a problem they think others have encountered, or if they wish to find international links and resources on a particular topic, they can simply contact IFACCA.
We hope that the publication of our research reports in French will improve IFACCA’s service to our members and networks. We will be releasing more D’Art reports in French in the coming months.