How should the government funding for arts be divided?

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The government has announced a £1.57bn support package to help protect the futures of UK theatres, galleries, museums and other cultural venues.

This has come after several weeks of pressure, with many venues saying they might have to close permanently without help. They have lots of costs - from maintenance of buildings to paying staff, but they currently can't open their doors to audiences.

Independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues will also be helped.

The government described the package as "the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture".

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However, it is not yet clear how the money will be divided. What do you think the government should do?

You might want to think about these questions to help you answer:

  • Should all forms of art receive equal money?
  • Are some more in need than others?
  • Should the pot be divided by region of the UK, or by art industries?

Add your opinions (and most importantly, your reasons!) in the comments below.

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