McMaster review: supporting excellence in the arts - from measurement to judgement

6 Feb 2008

Sir Brian McMaster, former Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Culture, to undertake a review to report on:

? How the system of public sector support for the arts can encourage excellence, risk-taking and innovation

? How artistic excellence can encourage wider and deeper engagement with the arts by audiences

? How to establish a light touch and non-bureaucratic method to judge the quality of the arts in the future

The review involved artists, directors, curators, producers and administrators from across the country, and from across a wide variety of art forms. Sir Brian was supported by Nicola Thorold and staff from DCMS and Arts Council England.

A public consultation ran from 1 - 30 November 2007, the findings of which helped inform this final report to the Secretary of State.

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