Cultural Playing Field

Meeting Kevin Brennan, Minister for the Third Sector by Robin Simpson
February 13, 2009, 3:48 pm
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On Wednesday Reemer and I went through extensive security to enter the Cabinet Office at 70 Whitehall (right next to Downing Street) where we met Kevin Brennan, Minister for the Third Sector. The Minister was extremely interested to hear about the voluntary arts sector – being a voluntary artist himself, as a member of the parliamentary rock group ‘MP4’. He appreciated the need to ensure the arts is seen as a major part of the wider voluntary sector and was keen to do whatever he could to help us influence ‘mainstream’ voluntary sector support and other Government departments. He urged us to encourage local voluntary arts groups to apply to the Government’s new Grassroots Grants scheme and emphasised that the planned OTS online participation portal should provide a major opportunity for the voluntary arts. It was a very positive and encouraging first meeting.

Robin Simpson.

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