Cutting Arts Education Budgets By Half

Updated: May 6, 2021


The proposal contradicts itself multiple times. It recognises the great value the arts offer to the UK's society, culture and economy, and the popularity of such courses, yet then seeks to half its funding, which would be detrimental to the industry which, pre-pandemic, was growing five times faster than other sectors of the UK economy!


The latest government figures for 2019 state that the Creative Industries generated £111.7bn for the UK economy, outperforming the Automotive, Aerospace, Oil and Gas, and Life Sciences industries combined by over £30bn.


One can only speculate on the reasons why any government would actively and wilfully seek to cut funding to an industry which has proven to be a significant economic contributor, consistently, for many years, and to a form of education which has proven, profound social and educational benefits to students.


We have grave concerns, that to make such a significant cut to arts funding in Higher Education would pave the way to cuts in arts education funding in the rest of the education system including key stages 1-5 and Further Education, where funding is already low, and subjects like Drama struggle for representation in the National Curriculum.


You can read the proposals and respond to the consultation here.


In addition, there is also a Campaign For The Arts petition you can support here.


To assist you, we have posted our responses below. You are welcome to copy and paste these responses, or adapt them into your own words and add your own opinions. It could take as little as 10 minutes to complete!


Our partners at the Drama & Theatre Education Alliance and the various associations who are members, have also responded, including The Cultural Learning Alliance, SCUDD, National Drama and others. You can also see a response from TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association).


Question 1: To what extent do you agree with the proposal to distribute a greater proportion

of the OfS recurrent grant through the main high-cost subject funding method? (See