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Author Webber, Howard, author.

Title Before the Arts Council : campaigns for state funding of the arts in Britain 1934-44 / Howard Webber
Published London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2021


Description 1 online resource (x, 253 pages)
Contents Cover page -- Halftitle page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- 1 The Creation Myth of the Arts Council -- Introduction -- The Creation Myth and Its Persistence -- Scope and Aims of This Book -- Notes -- 2 Theatre and Classical Music in 1930s Britain -- Introduction -- Cinema vs Theatre -- Broadcasting vs Live Music -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 3 The League of Audiences: (i) 'I am progressing almost beyond my hopes' -- A Forgotten Debate -- 'Advancing upon the iron portals of Whitehall' :The League Begins
'A piece of idealistic blackmailing': The League Gains Support -- Notes -- 4 The League of Audiences: (ii) Fear of the Machine and Distrust of the State -- Introduction -- The League and Mechanized Art: (a) 'A sensation of impotence and dumb acquiescence' -- The League and Mechanized Art:(b) The Involvement of the Churches -- 'Under the shadow of a new State obligation': Opposition to the League of Audiences -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 5 The League of Audiences: (iii) Decline, Fall and Legacy -- 'Mr Wareing is filled with something of the crank ingredient': The League of Audiences and the BBC
The End of the League of Audiences: (a) Decline -- The End of the League of Audiences: (b) Fall -- The End of the League of Audiences: (c) Lingering Death -- The Significance and Legacy of the League of Audiences -- Notes -- 6 John Christie and the 'Council of Power': 1936-9 -- Introduction -- The Beginnings: 'I want to form a Royal Society of Music' -- The Glyndebourne Conference of March 1938 -- The July 1938 Conference -- Christie in the Approach to War -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 7 'CEMA is already broken down': John Christieand the National Council of Music 1939-41 -- Introduction
Preliminary Lobbying: To Summer 1940 -- 'The psychological moment has arrived': To December 1940 -- Christie's Friends and Supporters in Spring 1941 -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 8 Butler, Keynes and the End of Christie's National Council of Music: 1941-4 -- Global Ambitions and Legal Minutiae: The NCM Spring to Autumn 1941 -- 'We are at last unofficially accepted & wanted': Christie Misunderstands -- Autumn 1941 to Spring 1942 -- 'Damn the machine': Keynes Blocks the NCM -- Spring and Summer 1942 -- 'I see nothing but hate & envy': Late 1942 to Spring 1943
The End of the NCM: Spring 1943 to Autumn 1944 -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 9 'No Levy on Laughter -- and No Fine on Fun!': The Campaign against Entertainments Duty -- Introduction -- Origin and History of Entertainments Duty to 1933 -- 1933-4 -- The Old Vic and Sadler's Wells: Music, Drama and Education -- The Campaign 1933-9: 'Why should "Crazy nights at Clacton" escape?' -- Conclusion: 'Bringing an aesthetic principle into politics'? -- Notes -- 10 Restoring the Picture -- The Picture Revealed -- Completing the Picture -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "Before the Arts Council rediscovers three forgotten but influential campaigns for state support of the arts in Britain before and during World War II. Webber's impressive historical excavation challenges existing scholarship which argues that the arts subsidy was the result of the war, and instead re-situates the campaign's origins in the pre-war years. Webber does so by drawing on correspondence from influential figures including Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Maynard Keynes and J.B Priestley, along with extensive use of government papers"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 12, 2021)
Subject Arts Council of Great Britain -- History
SUBJECT Arts Council of Great Britain fast
Subject Government aid to the arts -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Social & cultural history.
The arts.
Art -- History -- General.
History -- Social History.
Government aid to the arts
Great Britain
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020037989
ISBN 9781350167964