This is why arts funding is important to everyone
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The importance of arts and culture funding has once again cropped up with Samuel West (Chair of The National Campaign for the Arts) writing a letter to the new new culture secretary Karen Bradley urging her to protect funding for the arts. The letter was divided into five categories: national funding for the arts, local authority funding for the arts, arts in public education, new forms of funding and the impact of Brexit. West wants to ensure that acting careers are not limited to those who have wealth and access to private education. He says: ''The combination of a squeeze on arts in the primary curriculum, a downgrading of arts subjects at GCSE level and increased fees at our top specialist training institutions may mean that a career in the arts without the benefit of a private education and significant financial support will become increasingly rare''. West isn't the only big name to speak on this issue recently; Andrew Lloyd Webber commented on the issue following on from the launch of his new musical School of Rock. "One of the things that is absolutely proven is that every penny you spend on the arts comes back to the chancellor of the exchequer three or four or even 10 and 20-fold,'' he said, ''why we keep cutting the arts in schools is completely beyond me.'' It's true the industry makes a lot of money - on average the West End alone brings in half a billion each year.
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