Ministers have come to the rescue. Artists must seize this chance – up to a point Lord Copper

The leader article, “Ministers have come to the rescue. Artists must seize this chance” in the Guardian on the 2nd June (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/06/the-guardian-view-on-15bn-for-the-arts-the-shows-will-go-on) sounds reasonable till you analyse the Arts Council’s 10 year strategy “Lets Create”. “Let’s Create” reads as if…

Congratulations to Oliver Dowden on the £1.5 billion rescue package for the arts and culture

Congratulation to Oliver Dowden Secretary of State Culture, Media and Sport on listening and delivering a £1.5 billion rescue package for the arts. However there are caveats; where and how will the money be spent, who will deliver the money…

Stress Testing

I recently appeared in a podcast with Nicoleta Porojanu a  psychologist and therapist from London. It was an interesting interview where the topic of stress was discussed. Stress  is explored and what is causing stress in our modern world and…

Recipients Announced For 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Recipients Announced For 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards The recipients of the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced on Tuesday 30th June at 20:00 The Parliamentary Jazz Awards are organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) with the…

Dowden does not want to let anyone down – cue laughter

There was an article in the Guardian on the 18th June 2020, “Act to save industry, leading lights of stage urge government” https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/jun/17/cultural-catastrophe-uk-theatre-faces-ruin-amid-coronavirus-crisis . Dowden was quoted as saying  “he does not want to let anyone down”. Well his insouciance to…

“The world looks to British theatre. So let’s get it back on track…”

So ran the headline in the Observer on Sunday 24th May 2020. It was an article by Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital Culture Media and Sport. (  https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/may/24/the-world-looks-to-british-theatre-so-lets-get-it-back-on-track ) The article presented the new task force and working…

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group urge Arts Council England to reinstate National Lottery Projects Grants

Press Release The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group urge Arts Council England to reinstate National Lottery Projects Grants When Arts Council England announced its £160 million emergency rescue package to deal with the coronavirus crisis in March 2020, arts…

All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2020 – Nominations Announced

All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2020 Nominations Announced The nominations have today been announced for the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.The Awards, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) with the support of PizzaExpress Live. The recipients of…

After the war the arts came back stronger?

Charlotte Higgins in her article, “After the war the arts came back stronger” had a self-prophesying ring about it (Please see article here). Ms Higgins erroneously says that the war was the last time cultural organisations ground to a halt. The…

Reinstatement of Arts Council national lottery grants to help jazz musicians and volunteer jazz promoters.

The Arts Council has announced a rescue package but has suspended national lottery grants that would help jazz musicians and jazz promoters organise tours and plan ahead – to organise a tour or project you have to plan over a…

Your Chance To Perform - A Chance To Help Jazz Musicians And Promoters

Your Chance To Perform – A Chance To Help Jazz Musicians And Promoters

The Guardian leader on culture was looking at music through rose tinted spectacles Monday 23rd March 2020

The leader article ( Amid the pandemic music send a message about things eternal, Monday 23rd March 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/22/the-guardian-view-on-music-and-pandemics-the-global-prisoners-chorus) on culture and music completely missed the point which is the  meltdown of music; especially among underrepresented music such as jazz, blues and…

Does Jazz Get The Money Due To It – Jazzwise March 2020

I was bemused to read in the article “Time for Change” that Arts Council England gives 16% of its music funding to jazz. My last calculation in “Public Investment in Jazz 2012-2022” (see  https://www.chrishodgkins.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Public-investment-in-jazz-2012-to-2022.pdf) showed that of the total funding of music…