Arts Council chief sounds optimistic note post-election

Darren Henley, the new Chief Executive of Arts Council England, has responded positively to the news of the Conservative Party's general election win on 8 May 2015.

Writing on the Arts Council website, Henley said:

'We’re confident that in the coming weeks we’ll be working with a team in Government that understands the value that arts and culture can bring. In the last parliament we saw arts and culture get a more favourable Grant in aid settlement than many for 2015/16. We’ve also seen an £18m increase in the money going to Music Education hubs.

Darren Henley

Darren Henley

'Arts and culture make a tremendous contribution to England’s way of life. Now we will focus on making the important arguments – from health and well-being, education, and the economy – as well, of course, the intrinsic value of great art, great artists and great arts organisations, museums and libraries. We will ensure that all the key decision-makers fully understand the vital role that public investment plays in our cultural ecology.'

Darren Henley’s two independent government reviews into music education and cultural education, published in 2011 and 2012, resulted in the creation of England’s first National Plan for Music Education, new networks of Music Education Hubs and Heritage Schools, the Museums and Schools programme, the BFI Film Academy and the National Youth Dance Company. He chairs the government’s Cultural Education Board and the Mayor of London’s Music Education Task Force.