Scottish Poll Finds Little Public Funding Support For Arts

A poll conducted by the Glasgow Herald finds that there is little public support for public funding for opera, classical music and ballet. “Out of five art forms, opera and ballet polled lowest, with only 2% of respondents wanting to see money spent on them above the others. More than 35% of those questioned believed theatre should have the most funding, with 31% voting for traditional Scottish music. The poll echoes recent research by the Scottish Arts Council showing a large appetite for drama in Scotland. Around 38% of adults polled by the SAC attended a theatrical event at some point during the previous year, 15% a classical music event, 13% an opera or operetta, 10% a ballet and 20% a traditional music event.”