Sir Peter Bazalgette - champion of the arts

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Sir Peter Bazalgette - champion of the arts

Coined as the “champion of the arts and culture”, Sir Peter Bazalgette has been one of the  people who has shaped the British television industry and has raised funds for arts and media organisations.

Ex-English National Opera chair Mr Bazalgette, known for being Endemol UK’s former Chief Creative Officer, has been responsible for a lot of classic TV hits such as Big Brother, Ready Steady Cook and Changing Rooms. 

He is now the chair of Arts Council England. Mr Bazalgette took on the role because he is interested in arts culture, how they are funded and is fascinated about the connection of arts and culture and the creative industries. He felt that he can make a change with making an input with ACE policy objectives.

Apart from pushing the virtues of the arts through ACE, Mr Bazalgette also said that ACE should help make arts organisations become better businesses.

In his live interview with The Independent Editor Amol Rajan in today’s The Headline Interview, Mr Bazalgette pointed out that London has had its fair share of funding and that this needs to be rebalanced, so the idea is togently move money to outside of London.

He also said that arts organisations need to be entrepreneurial and that they need a good revenue model and must diversify their revenue streams through ticket sales, hospitality offers. These bodies need to form a bond with their local authorities who also fund arts and cultures as much as ACE does.

To find out more about ACE, click here.

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