Sticky reactions to Arts Council fudge – SlippediscSlippedisc

norman lebrecht

November 04, 2022

Royal Opera House Covent Garden: We learned today that our core Arts Council England grant will be cut by 9%, reducing from £24,471,000 to £22,268,584 per annum, with effect from April 2023.

We are grateful to Arts Council England (ACE) for their continued financial support at such a critical time for the UK’s theatre industry and the wider economy. We support the wish to invest in the arts across the country, and warmly welcome all new entrants to ACE’s national portfolio. Nonetheless, we face significant financial challenges going forward, alongside our colleagues in the sector: sharply increased energy costs, rising inflation in material costs, and suppressed box office revenue as tourism recovers from the pandemic. This grant offer equates to a real terms cut of around £4.7m (19%) to our core funding, and comes on top of the 10% real terms cut we have experienced since 2017/18.

Chineke Foundation: We are thrilled to announce that today Chineke! Foundation’s bid to become a National Portfolio Organisation has been accepted. This will enable Chineke! to build on seven years of supporting and empowering Black and ethically diverse musicians and composers in classical music. It is a testament to the tireless work of so many players, trustees, team members, and the vision of our Founder and Artistic Director Chi-chi Nwanoku CBE. We send our best wishes to all organisations hearing the outcomes of their bids today.

London Philharmonic: We’re proud to be part of Arts Council England portfolio. It means we can keep creating magical moments, working with communities across our regional residencies, inspiring the next generation, supporting artists from under-represented backgrounds and simply sharing the wonder of music.
We will consider how the settlement affects our future plans but it is clear that these are challenging times for everyone. We’ll continue to offer tickets from £14 to enable us to continue sharing the wonder of music as widely as possible.

Liverpool Philharmonic: Liverpool Philharmonic is very grateful to Arts Council England for the funding awarded to the organisation as part of the 2023-26 Investment Programme. This funding enables Liverpool Philharmonic to continue its mission to enhance and transform lives through the work of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, our broad and diverse concert programme, and an extensive learning programme, including Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company.
We are proud to be a key organisation in the world class cultural sector supported by Arts Council England, and to play our full part in broadening the diversity, reach and impact of the arts right across this country.

National Opera Studio: We are delighted to announce that the National Opera Studio has been successful in retaining its status as an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation in the upcoming investment period 2023-26.
As a training organisation based in London, we are particularly aware of our National remit, and work hard to ensure that our opportunities and talent programmes reach across the country and that artists who train with us are representative of the diversity of the society in which we live. We are acutely aware of the pressures of this funding round and are grateful for the ongoing support.

Conductor Leo Hussain: Honestly, I’m alternating between desperate sadness and fucking fury thinking of dedicated, generous, brilliant artists who will lose their livelihood because of wilful cultural vandalism by the government. ENO is a world-class opera company.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: We are pleased that the Arts Council has included us as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) in its 2023-26 Investment Programme announced today. We are committed to putting this investment to work. We will do this by making great music accessible to as broad an audience as possible and creating social change through initiatives such as our residency at Acland Burghley School and becoming increasingly sustainable in our operations. These are challenging times for everyone and we remain confident in our future thanks to the generosity of all our supporters, partners and audiences.

BECTU, the creative workers union: ‘We are shocked and dismayed at the over £50 million worth of government cuts to London’s arts funding in today’s Arts Council England announcement. Bectu is deeply concerned about the impacts on our members at the Royal Opera House, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Glyndebourne, and particularly those at the English National Opera who face the uncertainty of a move out of London.

‘The UK’s creative sector is world-leading and critical to our economic success. While we always welcome genuine investment in creative economies across the country, these short-sighted decisions are instead robbing Peter to pay Paul. Increasing regional access to arts and culture should not come at a devastating cost to the nationally significant institutions that London is home to, creating anxiety for their employees and for the thousands of freelancers who rely on them for work.

‘There are real, damaging consequences to these cuts; London-based venues that are already stretched will suffer in pursuit of a phoney levelling up agenda that in reality is merely shifting neglect from one area to another. Venue relocations and funding cuts at others will also have knock-on impacts on the city’s night time economy.

‘If the UK has an ambition to continue to be a leading cultural centre we must avoid politically motivated decisions that hinder rather than help support and underpin the fragile ecology of the cultural sector.

‘Bectu is calling for an urgent summit with impacted venues and the Mayor of London to discuss the consequences of these destructive cuts. We will be doing everything we can to support our members and advocate for them.’

National Football Museum: The National Football Museum is delighted to receive National Portfolio Organisation status, helping us deliver our Football Creates initiative. Huge thanks to Arts Council England for their support!

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