The arts are a crucial part of our culture and heritage. They also achieve a great deal of positive social outcomes. Yet the arts sector is under threat from severe budget cuts, and there is a disparity of resource between small and large arts charities; between those based in the South East and those elsewhere.
Philanthropists can help to solve these problems—to ensure the survival of the arts, and to influence the future direction of the sector. If funders think more strategically about their giving, philanthropy could make an impact across a whole range of arts charities and initiatives.
In this paper, we outline:
- The nature of the arts sector and the challenges it faces;
- The different types of outcomes the arts can achieve: intrinsic, educational, social, and economic; and
- The key things philanthropists should consider if they want to make a difference to the arts through their funding.