Arts Council England has been told to make a total of £19 million of in-year cuts under Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s £6.2 billion programme of cost reductionss. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport was asked to make £88 million of savings - of which £27 million will come from the Olympics budget. A 3% cut will be made to the DCMS’ core budget, while a 3% cut will also be passed on to all bodies within the DCMS sector.
A quick round up of some of the news relating to future arts funding under the new government...
At a public meeting held on Tuesday 11th May, and following the recent announcement of a £6.1m grant from Arts Council England, Bristol Old Vic revealed details of the next stage of its multi-million pound redevelopment. The King Street complex is to undergo £19.3m of refurbishment work which will see the Theatre Royal and surrounding buildings transformed into a flexible complex with up to ten performance spaces.
Arts Council England has unveiled proposals for a new “politician-proof” ten-year plan that would see a radical shake-up of its funding system, including allowing grant applications from the commercial theatre sector for the first time in decades.
Arts Council England have published the criteria it uses to make decisions about which organisations to fund regularly.
Conservative shadow arts minister Ed Vaizey has revealed that if the Tories win the next general election, the relationship between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England will face a thorough overhaul.
Arts Council England chief executive Alan Davey has warned any future government against cutting public funding for the arts, arguing that not only will it affect the cultural quality of life in the country but will also be economically damaging.
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Arts Council England chief executive Alan Davey has warned that the current economic climate could see the industry plunged into a “spiral of decline” if the government does not keep up its investment in the culture sector.
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