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Altruism in the arts

The government's preferred way to fund the arts is to follow the philanthropic model so favoured in America.

According to Government figures at the moment we give on average £6 per head to cultural organisations a year while people in the United States give closer to £37.

Our guest editor Sir Victor Blank also believes in philanthropy and is a strong supporter of the Oxford Philomusica orchestra, long independent of regular government funding, and sees it as a model to follow.

Nicola Stanbridge reports.

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