50p For Culture

The National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) is leading this campaign to increase local authority investment in arts and culture.

The campaign brings together new research, analysis and a website where residents in England can find out how much local authorities planned to invest in culture in their area in 2013/14.

The research, based on official data, reveals the average net spend by local authorities on arts, museums and heritage is just 16p per person per week, with eight local authorities currently investing less than 1p.In a recent poll by Ipsos MORI co-commissioned by the NCA, 63% of people said they believed that even in these difficult financial times, local authorities should be investing at least 50p per person per week. Only 12% said local authorities should invest nothing.

We know town and county halls are facing tough choices as they try to balance their books. In the last five years, many of them have seen culture as an easy target, and chosen to cut it disproportionately. The research we have commissioned shows that far from being a minority concern, this is something their constituents really care about: most people – almost two thirds – want local authority culture funding to triple…

Good, affordable art should be a part of the nourishing meal we serve our citizens. Access to it should not be a postcode lottery, or depend on people being rich. Locally and nationally, we have a lot to lose if culture continues to be cut at the levels we are seeing. I hope the 50p for Culture campaign will make local politicians and officers value culture as much as their constituents obviously do.

Samuel West, actor, director and Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts

Who else is supporting the campaign

Along with Making Music, the following organisations are supporting the campaign: Equity, The Stage, UK Theatre, Museums Association, Society of London Theatre, Independent Theatre Council and National Museum Directors’ Council.

What can you do?

  • Visit www.50pforculture.org to find out how much your local authority invests
  • Use the links and talking points on the website to write to your local representatives asking them to invest more
  • Share the campaign with family and friends

To contact the volunteers running this campaign, please email enquiries@50pforculture.org.