As the details of the post Brexit trade agreement with the EU have become known, after a trade deal was finally struck at the eleventh hour, on 24 December 2020, musicians have realised that they are not part of the deal. They will have to apply for visas to travel in Europe, which adds an extra layer of bureaucracy and expense to the prospect of a European tour.
The prime minister should protect the arts from the axe because that’s exactly where his big idea for community spirit is thriving.
David Cameron’s big idea, the ‘big society’, may resemble an under-inflated balloon struggling to rise off the ground, but is his vision of a volunteer community really just so much hot air? I doubt we’ll ever find out. While the prime minister dreams of good citizens raising up their communities, his chancellor stands, knife in hand, ready to puncture the balloon in the very spot most likely to generate some lift. David Juritz 2010 More
The Last Night may not be the Proms’ finest two hours, but the arts minister is wrong to criticise this world-class music festival
Margaret Hodge is in fact jumping on the same rickety bandwagon that has, in recent years, been driven by Arts Council of England. The gist of the message is that, unless you can show that your audience is representative of the broad demographic of the British Isles, you are failing and your product is suspect. Sounds reasonable enough. Just utterly wrong.
David Juritz 2008 More
From near celebrity in London to the cold shoulder in Zurich – the first week of my busking tour around the world has had a mixed reception, but the collection is looking promising… David Juritz 2007 More