Cultural Subsidy for the Regional Venues: Friend or Foe?

Signe Breuning-Madsen

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The present study examines the facilitating and hampering affects of the contracting and reporting requirements following the governmental subsidy for the regional venues. The research of Peter Hanke (2010) suggests that the requirements following the governmental subsidy for cultural institutions have a hampering affect on the institutions’ ability to fulfil the development-oriented and artistic purpose, for which the subsidy is originally intended. The present study examines if this is the case for the regional venues, and reveals additional elements of the contracting and reporting requirements that can affect the regional venues’ ability to fulfil the purpose set for the subsidy. The study is based on a phenomenological approach, and is founded on qualitative interviews with two regional venues and the Danish Agency for Culture. Through the experiences of the informants, indicators of how the requirements affect the regional venues on a broader scale are strived to be revealed. The study concludes that the requirements holds both facilitating and hampering elements for the two regional venues’ ability to fulfil the purpose set for the subsidy. The study finds that the contracting requirements have prevailing facilitating effects, whereas the reporting requirements are found predominantly hampering for one venue and facilitating for the other venue. The study further reveals that the two managements of the regional venues have different experiences with various elements of the requirements, and different needs if these are to assist the fulfilment of the purpose set for the subsidy. This indicates that the broader field of regional venues is not a uniform mass, but have different needs, if the requirements are to facilitate the fulfilment of the purpose set for the subsidy. The study also reveals possible solutions that can provide more facilitating requirements towards the fulfilment of the purpose for which the subsidy is indented.

EducationsMSocSc in Management of Creative Business Processes , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2014
Number of pages170