HC Deb 07 March 1988 vol 129 cc19-20W
57. Mr. Knapman

To ask the Minister for the Arts what information he has received from the Arts Council as to its intended application of moneys set aside for incentive funding.

Mr. Luce

My office has discussed with the council the detailed arrangements for its incentive funding scheme. A summary is given in the council's brochure "Better Business for the Arts", copies of which have been placed in the Library.

69. Mr. Patrick Thompson

To ask the Minister for the Arts whether(a) small and (b) innovative arts organisations will quality for incentive funding under the Arts Council's scheme.

Mr. Luce

The Arts Council published "Better Business for the Arts", containing full details of its scheme on 24 February.

The minimum grant will be £5,000. To qualify for this an organisation will be required to increase its income from outside sources by £10,000 in the third year of a business plan. A major criterion for all incentive funding awards will be the artistic excellence of the programmes; innovation is an important feature.