In an effort to avoid potential conflicts of interest, the California Arts Council has set new guidelines about how it will decide who gets state money for the arts.
The council, which spent about $11 million on the arts for fiscal 1987-88, voted last week to alter the makeup of its 20 peer review panels. These volunteer panels are composed of arts professionals. Their recommendations are subject to approval by the full council.
By fiscal 1989-90, for all but one grant category, not more than two-thirds of any panel, which average about seven members, may be composed of arts professionals who are associated with an organization that has applied for a grant from the panel on which those professionals serve, the council ruled.
Panels rating the state's "prominent" arts groups, with budgets of at least $1 million, will have a stricter cap: only one-third of those review boards may employ individuals associated with potential grant recipients.