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Inquiry into Non-public funding of the arts

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee is holding an inquiry into non-public arts funding.


The vast majority of the Welsh Government’s budget allocations for the arts are for the Arts Council of Wales: £31.2 million revenue out of £31.7 million allocated in this area in the 2017-18 draft budget. Revenue funding in this area increased by 3.5% in cash terms compared to the 2016-17 revised baseline. Despite this increase in funding for the Arts Council, the Cabinet Secretary has asked the Council to “accelerate its work to help its portfolio organisations, and the wider sector, to increase their self-generated income”.

The Committee’s inquiry will investigate the success of the arts sector in Wales at increasing its non-public funding, the distribution of non-public arts funding in Wales and international models of best-practice that Wales could look to emulate in this regard.

Terms of Reference:

  • The effectiveness of efforts to increase non-public funding of the arts in Wales by bodies including the Arts Council, local authorities and artists and arts organisations themselves. This funding would include:
    • earned income;
    • philanthropy;
    • investment.
  • The level of non-public funding distributed in Wales and how this compares to the rest of the UK.
  • International examples of innovative approaches to raising non-public funding of the arts.


The Committee held a public consultation from 28 July until 25 August 2017.  The Committee will begin taking oral evidence on this inquiry in the autumn term.

If you would like to discuss this inquiry further please contact the Committee:

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Pierhead Street
CF99 1NA

Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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