Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Eether, eyether, neether, nyther

Aside from the Arts' ethical impasse, as projected Lottery revenue increases depends on increased gambling on tickets as a factor of austerity cuts, which former FXO is going to be the first to point out:
  • "Lottery money funds additional activities and does not substitute for statutory funding" 
  • "Lottery money cannot and should not be a substitute for statutory funding"
  • "...not acting as a substitute for statutory spending cuts"
  • "Lottery money is supposed to be 'additional' to ordinary spending by the government, not a substitute for it."
As an example:
“( ) Any grant or loan made under subsection (1) must not—(a) replace or substitute for government or local authority expenditure;(b) subsidise or provide part of the costs for a service that is provided on a contract basis for a statutory body;(c) replace statutory funding that has been withdrawn or is in danger of being withdrawn; or(d) duplicate services that a statutory body currently provides.”
The Scotsman, Monday 21 May 2012
"…They used to give them out for things like visual arts or literature. Now there’s the suspicion that its multi-tasking portfolios, that were introduced when CS was formed a couple of years back, are simply confusing the picture. In the six months ending December 2011, according to its website, Creative Scotland made 576 awards. Of these, 340 were individual project awards. Take a look at some of the awards on their web page, under headings like “cultural economy”, “innovation”, or “quality arts production”. Then replace your head. Before Creative Scotland, it appears that civil servants chiefly had the job of picking companies and assessing whether they were any good, and should keep their cash. Now, increasingly, they have the job of picking projects. … That rather matches a growing concern about centralisation. …"
Andrew Dixon, chief executive of Creative Scotland, responds:

The Herald, Friday 9 December 2011

The Scotsman, Friday 25 May 2012
"…Creative Scotland has succumbed to three particularly destructive, deadly sins that now beset government agencies in the UK. In the first place, its thinking is still hopelessly infected – 22 years after the lady’s political demise – by a kind of undead Thatcherism, a half-baked, hollowed-out, public-sector version of market theory that reduces the language of creativity to a series of flat-footed business school slogans, and imposes a crude ethic of sado-competition – 'this will make you sharper and more creative' – on areas of society where co-operation and mutual respect matter more. … This barrage of needless strategy-making, combined with the shift towards project-based funding, helps set the conditions for the third deadly sin, which is to set up a mechanism that is bound to increase the control of funding agencies over the agenda and repertoire of artists. … And finally, there are questions for our supposedly social-democratic SNP government, about why it continues to preside so complacently over such needlessly controlling systems of administration, and so much insidious market-inflected corrosion of the values for which it says it stands."
Which all rather brings us to:
Creative Scotland Magazine Tender - 08 June 2012
Creative Scotland is seeking a communications agency to assist in the development, delivery and project management of a new publication which will promote and celebrate Scotland’s creative community, and tell some of the stories from our artistic and cultural sectors.
1.2    All of our communications activity will be:
o   Positive and proactive, delivering tangible outcomes
o   Clear and consistent in terms of branding, message and tone
o   Focussed on delivering corporate corporate priorities
o   Transparent, open and accessible.
1.3    All of our communications activity will promote, support and build both the Creative Scotland brand and Scotlands creativity utilising the Creative Scotland brand model:
o   Essence: Investing in Scotlands creative future
o   Values: Passion, creativity, Boldness and Determination
o   Vision: Scotland is a place where creativity thrives
And positive messages about Scotlands creativity, namely:
o   Art and creativity are for everyone
o   We are good at it; our creative output is world renowned
o   Its part of who we are
o   It makes Scotland a better place to live.

1 comment:

Variant said...

Jackie Kemp: Creative Scotland, and its 'crude ethic of sado-competition'
Scottish Review
"…One key player in the Scottish arts scene wrote in a private email: 'Creative Scotland would rather support mediocre musicians performing on top of a Munro than world-class musicians in a concert hall because they can issue a press release about the former but not the latter. Coupled with the undermining of specialist art form knowledge and the dysfunctionality of their decision-making processes, a market culture now pervades that organisation'…."