I wish we in the arts didn\’t have to take a penny from wealthy individuals.
Stop paying yourselves. Do it for the love of it or not at all.
Most donors are more sensitive and more intelligent than this. They are genuine enthusiasts who want to share some of their money with an arts organisation. But in return, they are given access to the people running those organisations and – however innocuously (a nod here, a word there) – they influence those very institutions. In allowing this to go on, we undermine the aim of making the arts available to all. Sooner or later, the arts and government policy-makers are going to have to opt either for diversity or for private money. Currently, we\’re pretending they can coexist. They can\’t.
Seriously, Mark Ravenhill is insisting that artistic institutions should reject money from those who would willingly offer it in favour of reliance upon money demanded at jailpoint from dustmen and nurses.
Sorry, but even the basic logic here boggles the mind.