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Arts Council of Great Britain

Arts Council of Great Britain. Independent body est. 1945 as successor to wartime Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts. Incorporated by Royal Charter 1946 ‘to preserve and improve standards of performance in the various arts’. New charter granted 1967. Annual grant-in-aid is provided through Dept. of Education and Science. Members, limited to 20, are appointed for periods not exceeding 5 years by the Minister responsible after consultation with the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Wales. Professional staff, under secretary-general, incl. mus. dir. Specialist advisory panels incl. one for mus. Subsidies are disbursed to many organizations, being channelled through certain independent bodies and regional arts assoc. Headquarters in London, but there are separate committees with executive powers for Scotland and Wales (Scottish and Welsh Arts Councils), each with dir. and ass. dirs. for individual arts, incl. mus.

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