"A national system for evaluating the quality of artistic work is to become compulsory for many of Arts Council England’s (ACE) National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) despite an evaluation of a pilot scheme revealing wide-spread concerns about the approach."
Metrics in the arts. Fucking Management Class; I don't even think the Soviet Union tried this, did they?
This will, of course, require a high level of private sector involvement, and consultants. See?
"The independent evaluation of the pilot programme was conducted by Canadian consultants Nordicity in partnership with a UK-based consultant whose name Arts Council England has refused to release."
Whose name they refused to release: oh I just bet they did. That's our money by the way.
Nordicity: that rings a bell. Shall we check their website? Ah, yes: "Nordicity offers strategic approaches to working in the global digital economy for associations, public-private partnerships and government agencies."
And who were the other knobbers involved in siphoning off arts funding into Management tool-development? Because managers just love their decision-making tools, right? Ah, yes: Counting What Counts Ltd.