“Any one can get angry—that is easy—or give or spend money; but to do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for everyone, nor is it easy.”

― Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

One of the most controversial budgets of recent years has sent many of our existing fears about the climbing cost of living into overdrive and, with Covid cases soaring once again, the term 'crisis' has hung in the air above many a planning meeting approaching year end. But just how much are audiences expecting to tighten their ticket-buying belts over the coming months? And how do they feel about what the public and government themselves should be doing to ensure the financial survival of the arts and culture sector?