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Tue 30th October
Arts and culture in England: funding, participation and priorities for Arts Council England’s new strategy

This seminar will consider the future for arts and culture in England, with a focus on funding, participation and technology.

Delegates will discuss priorities for Arts Council England’s next ten year strategy for 2020-30 - with an initial report released and a further formal consultation to follow in the Autumn.

The agenda includes keynote contributions from Richard Russell, Chief Operating Officer, Arts Council England and Kate McGavin, Deputy Director, Arts, Libraries and Digital Culture, DCMS.

The seminar also takes place following the launch of the Cultural Development Fund - a commitment from the Creative Industries Sector Deal - providing delegates with the opportunity to discuss the future for public cultural investment and consider what further action might be taken to increase sector resilience - including diversifying revenue streams and business models, attracting private investment, and exploiting IP and assets.

Attendees will assess priorities for expanding the socio-economic contribution of culture, in light of the ongoing Cultural Cities Enquiry, and the recently released Civil Society Strategy which includes plans to support local arts and culture. They will consider how challenges for widening participation might be addressed - focusing on regional imbalances, collaboration with other sectors, the development of local partnerships, and issues around relevance and engagement.

Further sessions will explore how the sector is adapting to, and utilising, new technologies, and consider next steps for driving innovation - looking at the development of next generation audiences and practitioners, challenges for fostering a culture of experimentation and collaboration, and opportunities for monetisation.

The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Media Forum. Follow us @WMFEvents for live updates.

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