Arts Council outlines decision process

<p>Arts Council England has published the criteria it uses to make decisions about which organisations to fund regularly for the first time.</p><p>The body said it was aiming to give arts organisations &quot;greater clarity and transparency&quot; about the process involved. ACE provides roughly &pound;350m to regularly funded organisations each year. </p><p>The process is divided into determining two sets of criteria: that the company is &quot;a good, well-managed organisation&quot; and that the organisation &quot;fits into the overall arts infrastructure that the Arts Council is seeking to support&quot;.</p><p>ACE added that &quot;excellent and innovative programmes of work, high quality public engagement and effective governance and management&quot; was also of importance.</p><p>Paul Blaker, director of programmes for ACE, said: &rdquo;Publishing these criteria forms part of our commitment to becoming more open and transparent about our decision making processes. </p><p>&quot;The criteria are not used as a formula for counting up &lsquo;scores&rsquo;. They provide a framework against which the Arts Council can make informed judgements.&rdquo;</p><p>The Council stressed that those organisations which receive funding should &quot;represent a diverse range of artforms across the country&quot;, while helping ACE &quot;achieve its mission of great art for everyone&quot;. </p><p>The document also makes clear the requirements and responsibilities an organisation must be willing and able to meet in order to become an RFO.</p><p>For more information on the Arts Council&#39;s decision-making process, go to <a href="http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/publication_archive/criteria-arts-council-... target="_blank">here </a></p>