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UK government plans to cut funding for arts education by 50% to prioritise ‘high-value subjects’

Artists and curators are urging the UK government to reconsider plans to cut funding for art and design courses by 50% across higher education institutions in England.

Posted: 05/07/2021

Artists and musicians have accused the government of neglecting the
country’s “cultural national health” by pursuing a “catastrophic” 50%
funding cut to arts subjects at universities

Funding from the Office for Students (Ofs)—the independent regulator of
higher education—would be cut by half for students of art and design,
music, dance, drama and performing arts, media studies and archaeology
during the 2021-22 academic year.

The creative industries contributed £112bn to the UK economy in 2018. Music was worth £5.8bn to the UK economy in 2019, which depends on properly funded university provision.

A Department for Education spokesperson said, “Our
proposed reforms only affect the additional funding allocated towards
some creative subjects, and are designed to target taxpayers’ money
towards the subjects which support the skills this country needs to
build back better.”

To read more about this story via The Guardian; and The Art Newspaper.

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