Executive directors at opera companies in the U.S. can only salivate at what's going on in England.
That's because England has made a big funding display in support of its opera companies through it Arts Council England's Sustain fund. That fund has committed £40m to help out arts organizations hit by the recession.
So far, opera is the art form that is the biggest winner of that revenue stream.
Yesterday, Britain's Guardian newspaper announced that £2.4m has gone to the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera and British Youth Opera.
Of those the largest recipient was the Welsh National Opera. It received a grant of £900,000, or approx $1,5 million, from the ACE fund - a staggering figure by U.S. government arts funding standards.
This all leads to the question of whether the U.S. will follow suit in upcoming budgets in making substantial increases to funding the arts, and opera companies in particular.
True, the funding and subsidy structure for funding arts organizations is different in England than it is here.
But, given the times, it's really the thought that counts.