Simon Tait, who has been writing about arts funding since before Noah’s flood, woke up today with a brainwave: stop funding the Royal Opera House and no-one else need take a cut.
Er, not quite.
ROH receives £25 million of the ACE’s £1 billion budget, a mere pinprick. And the instant abolition of state funding would prompt such severe changes at the flagship organisation that smaller companies all over the land would feel the knock-on effects.
Not a good idea. The proposal I have put on the political table is to accelerate the privatisation of the ROH over the next 5-8 years, enabling an efficient transition to a status more like the Met’s and liberating the organisation from its last obligations to state and nation.