Arts Council

Arts Council
   The Arts Council of Great Britain was established as an independent but government-funded public body by John Maynard Keynes at the end of the Second World War. Since 1994 there have been separate councils for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Gerry Robinson, the head of Granada, became chairman of the Arts Council of England in May 1998, when the membership was reduced from 22 people to 10. In 1998 the Arts Council of England shared out £187 million between 165 regularly-funded bodies including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera, and over 100 other schemes. It also had £250 million of National Lottery money to distribute. Following the removal of regional arts boards (RABs) members from the ruling Council, a process of devolution to the regions is currently in hand under Robinson, and the days of the Arts Council may be numbered.
   PETER CHILDS

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

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