Concludes that: GFTA ‘punches above its weight’ as an investment programme that delivers a lot for a relatively small investment, with direct reach beyond other sources of arts funding, with access available to individuals and small organisations. It is the most immediate, relevant and flexible investment option open to artists that want to innovate or organisations that want to develop, and a tool for encouraging access and diversity in the arts. However notes that in practice, “it is less clear whether the profile of GF TA beneficiaries is expressive of the complexity of England’s intercultural population”. Also notes lack of clarity around issues of excellence versus engagement, and endemic short-termism, amonst other issues.

Dr Tom Fleming, Tracey Gregory, Andrew Erskine
Arts Council England, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy
October 2010
Evaluation of grants for the arts