7.2 Basic data about selected public institutions in the cultural sector
There have been no significant changes to the status of flagship cultural institutions in recent years (though there has been significant changes to the public agencies that help fund them and in Scotland the Government is now directly responsible for the allocation of cultural funds to these institutions - a function previously carried out by the Scottish Arts Council). There has been a strengthening of the performance indicators and targets set by government or the funding agencies as well as tightening of accountability and financial control of government agencies (e.g. arts councils and other NDPBs).
There is no single source of information identifying the many hundreds of cultural institutions financed by public authorities at national and local level in the four countries of the UK. Sector specific directories indicate the scope, e.g. orchestras, music ensembles and concert venues in the British and International Music Yearbook and theatres, dance and opera companies etc can be found in the British Performing Arts Yearbook.