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Friday, April 29, 2005

Clear Channel - Maybe Mega-Big Is Too Big? Clear Channel - the radio and entertainment giant, is spinning off its concert business. "Clear Channel said the IPO of the outdoor advertising unit and spinoff of the entertainment unit will result in greater financial muscle for future acquisitions, because the separately listed stocks will provide clear valuations of the two businesses. The company also said that the spinoff of the entertainment unit will allow it to operate as a largely unregulated public company, as opposed to the company's heavily regulated radio business." Yahoo! (Reuters) 04/29/05

Thursday, April 28, 2005

A Tipping Point In A Culture Crisis? The announcement that the New York Public Library is selling off art to finance an endowment is a disgrace. "These are bad times for high culture at the cash register. Seats aren’t being filled, turnstiles aren’t whirling. Cultural institutions are having to scramble. That this is happening at a moment when there’s more wealth around than at any time, in any one single place, in history suggests that a tipping point has been reached, that the dumbing-down epitomized by the Styles section of The Times, or the failure of our great universities to educate, or what works and what doesn’t on Broadway or at your local multiplex, has finally achieved implosive velocity. It suggests that there’s more to what’s happening than a simple post-9/11 fall-off in tourism, that some kind of sea change is in the works." New York Observer 04/27/05

Why Tony Blair Never Talks About The London Phil Great Britain is in the midst of an election cycle, with Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair fighting desperately for a third term as the opposition Tories seek to prove to the nation that they deserve another shot. And yet, as the campaign winds down, there has been not a single significant mention of the position of the arts in British culture. The sad truth is that, while British art and culture is thriving like never before, and while the UK has a long tradition of government support, the country lags far behind its European brethren in the establishment of a stable cultural identity which can be used as political capital. The New York Times 04/28/05

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Nine Out Of Ten Want Mandatory Arts Ed In Schools Nine of ten respondents to a survey in California believe that arts should be a mandatory subject in public schools. "Arts education has been on the decline in public schools for decades because funding has not kept pace with the rising cost of services. The emphasis on language and math instruction has made subjects such as music susceptible to reduction or elimination. Private fundraising has enabled restoration of programs in some, but not all, public schools." San Jose Mercury-News 04/27/05

Proposed Virginia Performing Arts Center Hits A Speed Bump "The Virginia Performing Arts Foundation is acknowledging for the first time that it won't meet a July 1 deadline to raise $93 million for a performing-arts center in downtown Richmond. It's also no longer hoping to open one of its key attractions - a music hall on East Broad Street - by the target date of 2007." Richmond Times-Dispatch 04/27/05

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Call To Arms: Protect Culture From Attack Britain's cultural institutions have to take a stronger stand to resist attacks on culture says a prominent theatre manager. “When something from outside comes to threaten the existence of a particular piece of work, what is the function of the arts council? Its remit to protect the arts comes into profile.” The Stage (UK) 04/26/05

Why A Pop Music Conference Rocks - Money Seattle's Experience Music Project pop music conference is compellingly interesting, writes Robert Cristgau. "The short explanation is that EMP isn't exclusively academic—of the 180 presenters this year, only 84 ID'd themselves that way, including many grad students and wearers of multiple hats. Nor were all the nonacademics journalists; we heard from several alt bizzers and quite a few artists, literary and performance as well as musical. Big tent is a fantasy often invoked and seldom achieved in cultural studies circles. But beyond the boldness, imagination, and actually existing openness, EMP's tent is so roomy for one simple reason: money. Village Voice 04/26/05

Movie Sanitation Smells Congress has passed a law that allows companies to "sanitize" (read: take out) parts of movies they don't like. "The implications are dramatic: If sanitizers can alter a creative work without the permission of the author, will they be able to redo the Bible? Shakespeare? What, in short, does intellectual property mean anymore?" Boston Globe 04/26/05

Where Art And Technology Intersect Technology holds a big place in our imagination these days. And artists are looking at the intersections of tech and art. "The Cyberarts Festival's 70 exhibitions combine computer technology with dance, poetry, music and digital images. Many of them, like Imaging Place, use satellite pictures and the global positioning system to examine the effects of location on memory and thinking." Wired 04/26/05

Monday, April 25, 2005

Kani: Arts Demand Respect South African playwright/actor John Kani says the arts need more respect. "What the Government underestimates is the role that the arts can play in building and healing a nation, and in giving young people in particular a holistic sense of what a human being can be. Australia, with a little more experience than us in this thing called 'democracy', hopefully treats the arts with a bit more respect." Sydney Morning Herald 04/25/05

Are Girls Who Read Fairy Tales More Likely To End Up In Abusive Relationships? "A study of both parents of primary school children and women who have been involved in domestic abuse claims than those who grew up reading fairy tales are likely to be more submissive as adults. Susan Darker-Smith, a graduate student who wrote the academic paper, said she found many abuse victims identified with characters in famous children's literature and claimed the stories provide "templates" of dominated women." Yahoo! (AFP) 04/22/05

Sunday, April 24, 2005

When Arts Organizations Play The Real Estate Market The Children's Museum in San Diego has made a number real estate trades in its history, hoping to take advantage of rising prices to leverage itself into the facility and location of its dreams. Now the museum finds itself $7 million short of its goal and is struggling to raise the amount... San Diego Union-Tribune 04/24/05

The Art Of The Anti-Cell Phone Message Cell phones have become such a nuisance at stage shows that they've spawned their own mini-art form - the pre-curtain anti-cell phone announcement... They're often as amusing as the shopw itself.
Baltimore Sun 04/24/05

Friday, April 22, 2005

Brian Eno On A Definition Of Culture: "Culture is everything we don't have to do. Eating is necessary, but cuisine is culture. Clothes must be worn, but couture is culture. Haircuts and Shakespeare and early Saxon burial poetry all pose some kind of unnecessary order, he said, that we accept because it stimulates our most distinctive faculty. Imagination is the only thing we're really good at. What we're doing [when we're engaging with cultural objects] is exercising that part of our mind that makes it possible to imagine things being ordered differently, and most importantly, to imagine what's in other people's minds. . . . If something is possible in art, it's thinkable in life." The Globe & Mail (Canada) 04/22/05

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Tour This "Touring a work internationally can transform the artists, allow the work to evolve, build a profile, develop a larger audience, validate companies in the eyes of their home audience, recoup their investment, or just keep everyone employed." But "touring can also be a killer, psychologically and financially." Sydney Morning Herald 04/22/05

NEA Scales Back Plans For Traveling Exhibition "The National Endowment for the Arts has scaled back a new initiative to send the best of American culture around the country and is starting with only a tour of visual arts. Earlier plans included dance and music components." President Bush had asked Congress to approve $18 million for the "American Masterpieces" project, but legislators only appropriated $2 million, necessitating the cuts. Washington Post 04/21/05

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The Arts Of Politics Politicians are in a bind when it comes to talking about the arts. "Say nothing about the arts, and you outrage influential metropolitan liberals and buffet socialists, whose cocktail-party cri de coeur is the under-funding of their cultural playgrounds. Say too much, and you force diehards in the shires to join with chavs and "neets" to protest at taxpayers' money going to fancypants bollocks that ought to pay for itself." The Telegraph (UK) 04/20/05

If I Ran The Arts... How would you fix government support for culture in the UK if you ran the government? Fifty arts luminaries make their cases... The Guardian (UK) 04/21/05

NEA Awards $61 Million In Grants The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $61 million in grants. "Just over $40 million of that amount will fund 64 grants to state and regional partnerships. The state partnerships provide support for state arts agencies' basic plans to address local priorities, as well as funding arts education and local Challenge America initiatives. The regional partnerships provide basic support for regional arts organizations' plans and for regional touring initiatives." Back Stage 04/20/05

Candidate Turns Down Baltic Center The Baltic Center for contemporary arts has had a rough few years, with two directors quitting in quick succession. This weekend the Baltic thought it had hired a new director, but then he turned down the job... The Independent (UK) 04/18/05

Will Toronto Arts Be On The Chopping Block For Conservatives? Canada's ruling Liberal government is in trouble, hanging on to power by a thread and likely to be forced into new elections by year's end. And while Prime Minister Paul Martin and company might have many residents of Canada's largest city exasperated, Martin Knelman warns that an electoral victory for the Conservative party and its leader, Alberta's Stephen Harper, would be a death knell for Toronto's arts scene. "Alberta's well-known resentment of Toronto's presumed cultural superiority could find expression in a big chill for local arts funding." Toronto Star 04/20/05

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The Great Wall From Space (After All) "China's schoolchildren have long been taught that the ancient fortification is one of the only man-made structures that can be picked out from orbit. However, last year, China's first man in space disappointed the nation when he said he had failed to spot it." Now a new photograph from space confirms the Wall is visible. BBC 04/18/05

Israeli Report: Holocaust Cost To Jewish People Was $230 Billion "An unprecedented report published yesterday by the Israeli government estimates the material damage caused to the Jewish people during the Holocaust at $230 billion to $320 billion. This estimate does not include reparations for the suffering of survivors, or for the murder of 6 million Jews. The report's authors call on the government to remove obstacles to the process of restoring Jewish property, not only in Europe but in the U.S. and Israel as well." Ha'aretz 04/19/05

World Trade Center Dream Dies Any hope for a good project to rise on the site of the World Trade Center is now dead, writes Ada Louise Huxtable. "The death of the dream has come slowly, in bits and pieces, not as a sudden cataclysmic event. It has not been a casualty of the more obvious debate over whether the replacement of the lost 10 million square feet of commercial space demanded by the developer is an economic necessity or the defilement of the land where so many died. This has been a subtler, more insidious sabotage, through the progressive downgrading and evisceration of the cultural components of Daniel Libeskind's competition-winning design." OpinionJournal.com 04/19/05

Kansas City PAC May Find A New Home The proposed Kansas City performing arts center has hit a number of road blocks since its conception, and the latest is a proposal to move the whole project downtown. Fundraising has not been able to keep up with the PAC's construction costs, and last fall, voters in the metro area rejected a bi-state tax which would have partially funded the center, leaving the board overseeing the project in a bit of a pickle. The proposal to move the PAC into the city's downtown loop would mean the renovation of the Lyric Theatre, and the construction of a new concert hall beside it, a considerably less expensive undertaking than the original plan. Kansas City Star 04/19/05

Monday, April 18, 2005

The Animatronic Lincoln Experience The new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois offers experience over history. "The blurring of history for the sake of entertainment may not be something new. After all, the village of New Salem, about a 20-minute drive from Springfield, was where Lincoln tended store and began his political career, but the town didn't survive. So in the 1920's and 30's, it was "reconstructed"; it is an invented historical village. But the new museum, because of technological power alone, risks making invention seem like fact. It also enshrines a notion that the best way to know anything about politics and history is to understand personality, and even then only in a simplified fashion. Maybe it will lead to curiosity and further inquiry; maybe not." The New York Times 04/19/05

Looking For Innovation In Australia Australian arts are stagnant, writes Robyn Archer. "Is there still space in this world for the individual who is not at the top of the hierarchy? What, indeed, of the weirdo who simply wants to pursue the work, outside of the mainstream of fashion? Will it mean that such an artist is again destined for a lifetime of neglect, with the possibility of being rediscovered in a hundred years' time?" Sydney Morning Herald 04/18/05

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Remaking Denver Denver is remaking itself "combining an old pragmatism with an intensifying progressive bent. Some longtime residents are worried the large flock of newcomers are reshaping Denver to resemble the coastal cities they left behind, while others celebrate the new push toward public transit and a vibrant downtown." Christian Science Monitor 04/15/05

In Australia: Just Give Them The Money! The Sydney Dance Company and Australia's symphony orchestras are underfunded and endangered. Now a popular swell of support is rising up, with Sydney's leading radio host taking up the cause: "Are we cultural slobs, or are we prepared to step up to the plate and get behind our orchestras and the Sydney Dance Company, when we know their cultural worth and the level of community support that they enjoy? So let's forget the debate. Provide the money, and get on with it." The Australian 04/17/05

A New California Arts Tax? A member of the California state assmbly proposes a dedicated tax to support the arts. "The bill calls for imposing a 1% surcharge on arts and entertainment admissions — a dime for a $10 movie ticket, about 53 cents for admission to Disneyland or a buck for a $100 seat at the opera or a top arena-rock band. That would raise at least $23 million in annual guaranteed funding for the California Arts Council, the state's main arm for fostering nonprofit arts organizations through annual grants. From a peak of more than $30 million four years ago, the Arts Council has seen its annual funding cut to just more than $3 million." Los Angeles Times 04/16/05

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Claim: Australian Arts Funding Is Inefficient A recent review of Australian orchestras was dumped on for its call for reductions. But the report also took to task some current government funding policies that work contrary to the interests of efficient arts funding. "The existing system is poor public policy because it encourages short-term, knee-jerk reactions rather than considered, long-term planning. It makes proper governance very difficult for the boards of the affected organisations, which find themselves in a constant state of siege. And it means that arts ministers are constantly put in a mendicant position in relation to their cabinet colleagues." The Australian 04/14/05

Another Boston Theatre Project Boston continues on its arts-building ways with a new plan to rennovate the old Paramount Theatre. "The $70 million Paramount Center project would redevelop the Theater District landmark and two neighboring properties to provide two theaters, rehearsal rooms, student residences, and restaurant space." Boston Globe 04/13/05

  • Previously: A Boston Billion-Dollar Arts Boom Boston is in the midst of spending more than $1 billion on new arts facilities. "The projects are varied, ranging from a contemporary art museum on the waterfront and downtown theaters to a pair of cultural centers slated for open space created by the Big Dig. 'It's staggering. Boston has always had a lively cultural scene, but I think we're seeing the kind of arts renaissance catching up with the tremendous revitalization Boston's undergone over the last 25 years'." Boston Globe 04/10/05
Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Is Hong Kong Culture Misfiring? Hong Kong is trying to be a cultural hub. But are the government's efforts to develop the city's creative sector backfiring? Some critics say the state investment in culture lacks a long-range plan... HK Standard 04/13/05

In Ohio: Smoking For The Arts "The Ohio House Finance Committee made a change to the proposed state budget Monday morning that would allow cigarette taxes in Cuyahoga County to be raised by as much as 25 cents per pack to support a countywide arts and cultural district." The Plain Dealer 04/12/05

Staking Out The Creative Process "The new Calgary-based Institute for the Creative Process -- or ICP@ACAD, for short -- is being built on the belief that artists and designers should be making meaningful contributions to the real world beyond the design of a new Coca-Cola bottle or simple manufacture of product. The ICP will be working with businesses and various community groups to apply creative design solutions to everyday social and organizational problems. In addition to developing partnerships and thinking up new graduate-degree possibilities for the college, the ICP will be responsible for cultivating dialogue and research activities that directly address the nature and application of the creative process." The Globe & Mail (Canada) 04/12/05

Monday, April 11, 2005

American U's Fall Back In Programming Competition "American universities -- once the dominant force in the information technology world -- fell far down the ranks in a widely watched international computer programming contest held this week. Asian and Eastern European schools have been scoring increasingly well in the world championship. A U.S. school hasn't won since 1997, when students at Harvey Mudd College proved best." San Francisco Chronicle 04/11/05

Land Of (Theme Park) Lincoln A new theme park/museum based on Abraham Lincoln opens this week. "The museum, which opens to the public April 16 a few blocks from the Illinois state capitol, is an architectural flop that turns Lincoln's life into the storyline for a mawkish indoor theme park. It puts us on a slippery historical slope, where the unreal blurs with the real and ultimately upstages it." Chicago Tribune 04/10/05

Sunday, April 10, 2005

A Boston Billion-Dollar Arts Boom Boston is in the midst of spending more than $1 billion on new arts facilities. "The projects are varied, ranging from a contemporary art museum on the waterfront and downtown theaters to a pair of cultural centers slated for open space created by the Big Dig. 'It's staggering. Boston has always had a lively cultural scene, but I think we're seeing the kind of arts renaissance catching up with the tremendous revitalization Boston's undergone over the last 25 years'." Boston Globe 04/10/05

Is Scottish Government Intent On Killing Arts Council? Is a current review of Scottish arts policy currently underway just a front for killing off the Scottish Arts Council? A Government memo would suggest that it might be. "The secret memo confirms the suspicions of cultural policy insiders who believe the Executive has always had an agenda to scrap the arts organisation, which has been widely tipped for abolition in the forthcoming shake-up." Glasgow Herald 04/10/05

Minnesota Legislators Freeze Out Arts Requests Is the appetite of government to fund arts capital projects fading? "Minnesota arts groups were all but frozen out of the $945 million bonding bill passed by the Legislature this week, a halting step in what has been an awkward minuet between ambitious artists and a sometimes-skeptical state government." St. Paul Pioneer-Press 04/10/05

FBI 'Dead Wrong' Yet Again Steven Kurtz is an artist. That much, no one is debating. But Kurtz uses various legally acquired biological agents (read: farm chemicals) in his work, some of which also appear on an FBI list of chemicals frequently sought by wannabe terrorists. When Kurtz's stash was discovered by authorities following his wife's death, he was pursued, jailed, and charged with crimes which could net him 20 years in federal prison. Now the art world is coming together to defend Kurtz, and raise money for his legal defense. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 04/09/05

Ground Zero Arts Center Plans Put On Hold New York City's $500 million campaign to rebuild Ground Zero has officially kicked off, but buried in the celebratory press conference was a disturbing change of plans: "As originally planned, the $500 million would help finance a memorial and a museum complex as well as [a Frank Gehry-designed] performing arts center, to be shared by the Joyce Dance Theater, which specializes in dance, and the Signature Theater Company, an Off Broadway group. But now the performing arts center will be part of a 'second phase.'" Worse, officials at the Joyce and Signature groups appear to have been left uninformed about the change of status for their new home. The New York Times 04/09/05

The Copyright Debate, Part DCCCLXXVII Too often, the debate over copyrights, file sharing, and new media seems intractable, with those for and against expanded consumer rights dug in and disinclined to even listen to the other side. But there are real thinkers participating in the debate, from musicians to lawyers and everyone in between. And as the issue of downloadable media slowly begins to sort itself out, more and more musicians are coming to the conclusion that the only people hurt by currently illegal file-trading practices are "people who are so rich they never deserve to be paid again." The New York Times 04/09/05

Friday, April 8, 2005

Sports Or Arts? You Make The Call What's more exciting - a great basketball game, or the theatre? Respondents to this Chicago Tribune query were pretty evenly divided. Chicago Tribune 04/08/05

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Australia Arts Council Restructured A plan restructuring the 30-year-old Australia Arts Council that was loudly opposed by many has been approved. "The boards that give grants for community cultural development and new media projects will be killed off and their responsibilities spread across existing boards and two new departments. A $9million pool will be set up to fund projects the council deems significant. And an internal restructure will help staff become more active in finding projects to fund, rather than simply reacting to grant applications." The Australian 04/08/05

Kaiser Fires Back At GAO Kennedy Center chairman Michael Kaiser defended his organization's construction cost overruns and fire safety plans before a Congressional committee yesterday, taking issue with a General Accounting Office report which harshly criticized the performing arts complex. "Kaiser argued that the center overhauled its management of construction finances in 2003, after the GAO first found accounting problems." The Kennedy Center is accountable to Congress rather than to a city entity, because Washington, D.C.'s civic budget is largely controlled by the federal government. Washington Post 04/07/05

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Regulate 'Em "Armed with colour-coded charts that show an embarrassingly small amount of truly Canadian programming on TV or Canadian feature films in our theatres, [two prominent Canadian actor-directors] lambasted the federal government yesterday for doing next to nothing to support or promote Canadian culture." The union representing workers in the Canadian film and TV industries is demanding that Ottawa institute new regulations which would more or less require cinemas, video stores, and television networks to devote a certain percentage of their space to homegrown content. CanCon laws, as they are known, have been on the books for decades, but the regulations have been loosened in recent years, just as many see the threat of creeping Americanism growing stronger. The Globe & Mail (Canada) 04/07/05

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Feds Displeased With Kennedy Center Washington's Kennedy Center is under fire from the federal government's General Accounting Office for cost overruns on several construction projects, and for failing to install what the GAO considers adequate fire safety equipment. Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser has called the GAO report "misleading," and argues that it is based on incorrect and outdated information. Washington Post 04/06/05

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Alberta At Bottom In Arts Spending A new study says that Alberta ranks last in Canadian provinces in spending on the arts. "Data from 2002-2003 -- the most recent year available "-- show the arts in this province receive 160-dollars per person. The national average is 236-dollars." Calgary Herald 04/05/05

After The Theatre? Clevelanders Sleep In The Next Day Clevelanders going out to theatre or concerts on weeknights may be eligible to come to work two hours late the next morning. "The "Late Out, Late In'' promotion, announced Monday, is meant to encourage music and theater fans to enjoy the city's nightlife, even on weeknights. The city's tourism agency organized the promotion with participating employers." The Star-Tribune (Mpls) (AP) 04/05/05

Monday, April 4, 2005

Official: Some Non-Profits A Hotbed Of Tax Evasion The IRS says that some non-profits have become a "hotbed of tax evasion and abuse." Congress is threatening action. "The findings have already sent alarms through the nonprofit community. Last month the industry-convened Panel on the Nonprofit Sector offered a preliminary report on how laws could be tightened and practices improved to curb abuse. In some cases fraud and abuse are committed by the nonprofit itself, such as when a charity is established to benefit its main donor; in other cases, the nonprofit acts an enabler for tax-shelter promoters, such as when a municipality or union takes a fee to participate in a deal that allocates "profits" to it and losses to wealthy individuals." Washington Post 04/05/05

Record Spending By US Foundations In 2004 Foundation spending in the US increased to record levels in 2004. "An estimated $32.4 billion spilled out of the nation's roughly 66,000 independent, community and corporate foundations in 2004, compared with $30.3 billion in the prior year, a 4.1 percent increase when adjusted for inflation." The New York Times 04/04/05

An Arts Pulitzer Primer Wondering about the winners of this year's arts Pulitzers? Here's an archive of reviews and features about the play, music and writing that won. The New York Times 04/05/05

Canada To Toughen Copyright Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla says her government intends to inrtoduce tough new copyright laws later this year. "Frulla expressed her intention to toughen Canada's 'antiquated' intellectual property laws through proposed new copyright legislation to be tabled in June. 'We'll also be addressing the peer-to-peer issue. It will give the tools to companies and authors to sue'." CBC 04/04/05

Sunday, April 3, 2005

Vegas Rediscovers The Theatre Theatre and pop singers are big in Vegas right now. "Pop superstars and Broadway hits with their own dedicated theaters are the town's new royalty. Resorts without such anchors are scrambling to catch up. And outside of town -- most notably in New York -- jaws are dropping at the huge sums now staked on wooing such entertainment." Yahoo! (Reuters) 04/03/05

Tax Law Threatening Oregon Music Groups Confusion surrounding unemployment tax law in Oregon has forced the cancellation of at least one summer music festival, and is putting many other nonprofit music organizations at risk. "The issue revolves around whether musicians hired for concerts are independent contractors, responsible for paying their own unemployment taxes, or regular salaried employees, with their employers responsible for such taxes." The nonprofits have always paid their musicians as independent contractors hired for a limited period of time, and relied on them to cover their own tax burden, but the state is now claiming that the musicians are salaried. For many groups, there simply isn't any extra money in the budget for unemployment tax, making the dispute a potential life-and-death matter for a few organizations. Salem Statesman-Journal (OR) 04/03/05

Exodus From Portland The arts scene in Portland, Maine, is experiencing an almost complete turnover, the likes of which have never been seen before. The creative heads of the city's leading theatre company and symphony orchestra are departing, the curators of two prominent museums are leaving as well, and the city's college of art and public library will shortly be headless, too. "Collectively, these changes constitute the most significant loss in arts leadership in decades and are cause for concern. The arts community is vulnerable in the best of circumstances. Take away a significant number of leaders, and the institutional knowledge that goes with it, and those vulnerabilities become more acute." Portland Press-Herald (ME) 04/03/05

Friday, April 1, 2005

Gioia: The NEA's New Phase NEA chairman Dana Gioia testifies to Congress in support of an increased NEA budget. "Having spent the past two years rebuilding and renewing the agency -- internally and externally -- the NEA has entered a new phase of its history." Back Stage 04/01/05

UK's New Arts And Humanities Research Council The UK has set up a research council to study the "cultural and creative industries." "With an annual budget of £75m the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is still a minnow among the other six research councils that dispense funding to scientists and social scientists - the Medical Research Council, for example, gives out more than £400m a year." The Guardian (UK) 04/01/05

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