On December 8th, Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced a 10-point Action Plan to boost philanthropy across the cultural sector in the UK. This has come on the heels of widespread cuts in government funding for arts and culture organizations. The plan is generally seen as encouragement for arts and culture organizations to adopt philanthropic strategies similar to US arts organizations as a means for making up for cuts in government-provided funding; however the tax system is not being adjusted to incentivize philanthropy in the same way. In the Spring issue of Philanthropy UK Quarterly, key players in the sector were asked to share their reactions and comments about the proposed plan, among them, NAS President and CEO (and former Executive Director of the English National Opera), Russell Willis Taylor.
Read her thoughts here »