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A&B: Colin Tweedy comments on Michael Lynch's View on the City's failure to support the arts

"We like and admire Michael Lynch, honouring him last year with our prestigious Garrett Award and believe he has been a force for good at the Southbank.

This attack is misplaced though and he risks damaging future cultural investment. Arts & Business research proves that London has seen a 22% increase in private investment in culture to £477.5 million pounds. The private sector has "coughed up" a lot as individuals and as businesses. We have a lot to thank them for.

It is too easy to be critical of the failings of corporate givers and not focus on the contribution they have made and continue to make. Private fundraising for the Southbank with its strong government links will always make it a special case. Culture now needs to keep our friends in business more than ever.

Corporate Britain is not letting the side down; of course businesses could do more, but let's thank them for what they are doing. Kicking them is not the answer. We will miss you Michael, have a great time in Australia - but remember we have to live here!"

Colin Tweedy, Chief Executive, Arts & Business

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