Amateur Arts in the UK


Millions of people in the UK regularly take part in amateur drama or opera, sing in choirs of groups, play in orchestras or bands, or regularly practise in a wide range of visual arts and crafts. How is all this activity organised and funded? How has it been affected by the public expenditure constraints of recent years? And what part do volunteers and amateur artists play in supporting the professional arts?

This first comprehensive study of the amateur arts in the UK looks in detail at the nature and extent of participation; the funding and support available; and the operation and functions of ‘national arts umbrella’ organisations. Its conclusions are relevant to all those concerned with the health of the arts in the UK.

ISBN: ISBN 0 85374 533 1