Arts Council England’s “Ambition for Excellence Fund” and a twenty five year vision

In the Guardian on the 28th May 2015 “Arts Council boss promises more of a two way street”. The new CEO of the Arts Council Darren Henley was at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards at the House of Commons on the 10th March 2015 when I made an acceptance speech. I drew attention to the appallingly low levels of funding received by the volunteer network of jazz promoters in the UK and jazz musicians having to subsidise their music with disgracefully low fees that would be untenable in classical music and opera. I also drew attention to the fact of two opera houses cheek by jowl in London receiving £38 million per annum of revenue funding.  See Complaints in Wonderland for the full story