The first guests of the series joined me today. UtopiaArts’ Frances Rifkin and Graham Lucas talked
Fringe, Forum, Small-Scale, Independent Theatre was the focus. Finding a focus on which to discuss Equity’s Performance for All Policy has taken focus in itself.
It’s full of context. It’s extensively referenced. It’s a little booklet with mighty ambitions. It’s scope is incomprehensibly transformative.
One section resonated most as I dissected and reflected on my corner of the industry called Show Business. A section relevant to every other section.
Section 7 on page 20 of the Performance for All booklet - http://bit.ly/equity-fp19
Democratising Funding and Decision Making
All 10 sections of the policy are split in two parts. First a collection of data (stats, quotes and statements) and the second a series of policies Equity want to realise to... in the words of the current political climate... ‘Build Back Better’.
Policies ideals are cited “Autonomous, equitable and accountable funding and creative leadership.” The Performance for All policy asks for an expanded, fairly-balanced, socially responsive, democratic cultural provision with out reductions to funding in the capital. Its talks of rebalancing through an increased arts allocation.
It goes on to reinforce the independent sector... “often innovative and community oriented should be further developed and seen for what it is - An established and key part of cultural provision and source of employment.
The entire gamut from community to commercial. Inner London to the Outer Hebrides.
How that might be approached references a 2016 report
“Contributing to the national cultural policy debate”
Today’s livestream looked in brief at one element of the policy. It covers film, theatre, tv, Variety and games.
It was conceived before Covid in a pre pandemic digital resistance.
What is next?