Is Culture just a cost?

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Culture as a cost

  • It creates an unhealthy reliance on public “handouts”. The moment budgets get cut, it is very hard for many to quickly find other sources to make up for the losses, pay their staff and even stay in business.
  • It naturally favours those more established organizations that know how to navigate the system and how to write an application, leaving out many of the newer, more dynamic and creative ones.
  • A corollary of the previous point is that, for some recipients, “getting the money” becomes an end in itself, not a means to an end.
  • It can create unfair competition for the local venues and promoters that operate on commercial terms. This doesn’t mean cities should not offer free events. They should, however, be aware of what impact they might have particularly on small, independent venues and work together to mitigate those negative effects.
  • It makes the whole system potentially vulnerable to being kidnapped by special interests (if it sounds far-fetched, consider that in another not-so-distant part of Sweden right-wing politicians are actively using their power to dictate what kind of art the municipality should be allowed to buy).

Culture as an asset

Music in the time of Corona.

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