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In defence of arts funding

6th May 2010 Emma Crichton-Miller and Alexander Linklater’s article (May) showed a curiously old-fashioned and ill-informed view of the role of culture in contemporary society.

Over the last 15 years, arts and culture have made a huge contribution to our economy: cultural tourism generates £20bn a year; music and theatre are multibillion- pound industries. To claim the creative economy “does not exist” because it accounts for a range of different jobs is bizarre. All sectors of our economy, from manufacturing to financial services, account for a variety of different skills and roles.

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