Big boys and minnows

20 February 2011 | By Cause4 staff

The National Theatre has announced that it is to offer free guidance to two regional theatres in a pilot scheme designed to “unlock local philanthropy”. This arrangement is in line with Arts Council England recommendations that major institutions should be ‘required to take on greater responsibility for the sector.’ For what it’s worth, it is also in line with Cause4’s recommendations sent to the DCMS in November 2010. Such prescience!!

Thank goodness for The National Theatre. This sort of concern by ‘the big boys’ for ‘the minnows’ is long overdue. It will surely help to counter the notion that self-interest too frequently prevails within our leading organisations above a fundamental will to share the arts far and wide - away from the fleshpots of London and other major cities.

Perhaps the Arts Council should make all of its hefty grants to large organisations conditional upon their following The National Theatre’s fine example.

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