It could be argued that funding for the arts has been "democratised" via the National Lottery, which is a "voluntary tax" that gives in part to the arts. But lottery players are not able to choose which organisations receive their "subsidy", as are donors. There is no obvious political accountability. Any measure that breaks the routine cycle of subsidy to the arts being spent year-in year-out on large, elite, London-based organisations is to be welcomed. At least in principle, who gets what from direct subsidy can be controlled. Not so with indirect subsidy.
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