The Arts Dividend

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The Arts Dividend is based on Darren Henley's reflections on England’s arts and culture landscape in 2016, and the remarkable creativity displayed across the country, from the London Jazz Festival in the Barbican Centre to an opera about football in Sunderland. As more and more people are encouraged and inspired to participate, and artistic work flourishes, the book looks in depth at the many benefits the arts can bring: encouraging creativity across all disciplines; advancing education; providing defining characteristics to places; having a positive impact on health and wellbeing; supporting innovation and technology; contributing to economic prosperity; and enhancing England’s reputation for cultural excellence.


Darren Henley is the Chief Executive of Arts Council England, which champions, develops and invests in great art and culture for everyone across England. For 23 years, he was part of the team behind the world’s largest classical music radio station, Classic FM, spending fifteen years as Managing Editor and then Managing Director. He is the author or co-author of 30 books.