The arts funding divide

Would ‘cultural rights’ produce a fairer approach?

Authored by: Josephine Caust

The Routledge Companion to Arts Management

Print publication date:  September  2019
Online publication date:  September  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138492226
eBook ISBN: 9781351030861
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This chapter considers the ways governments engage with the arts. It is acknowledged that it is difficult to accurately compare approaches because of different international measurement models. Nevertheless, arguments for and against arts funding are considered, as well as the motivations and models of government engagement. Recognising that current funding models do not address social and economic inequities, reference is made to the concept of ‘cultural rights’. It is argued that if ‘cultural rights’ are embedded within human rights legislation, then it may lead to greater arts funding equity.

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