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Arts face £124m extra local funding cuts

9th August 2013

DCLG has just published the budgeted expenditure for local authorities in 2013/14. The figures reveal that while the overall spend by local authorities will actually increase slightly from 2012/13 to 2013/14 – from £98.4 billion to £102.2 billion – spending on culture will fall. In fact, its cut of 4.2% – from £2.9 billion to £2.8 billion – is the largest percentage cut to any sector at local government level.

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West Midlands fights for its arts as more cuts are announced

9th August 2013

Birmingham’s ten MPs are now set to have an urgent meeting with the chairman of the Arts Council, the body which funds theatres, orchestras and dance companies, after Ministers announced its grant would cut by another five per cent – on top of a 30 per cent cut imposed since 2010.

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The Public arts centre in West Bromwich to close

9th August 2013

Sandwell Council says it cannot continue subsidising the £30,000-a-week cost of running the attraction, which cost £67m and opened in June 2008.

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Unexpected twist as Dudley Hippodrome decision deferred

9th August 2013

A unanimous decision by Dudley Council’s Planning Committee to defer a decision on demolishing the historic 1930s theatre building until further investigations had taken place has been met with relief in the town.

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Trust set to run Workington Carnegie theatre

9th August 2013

A trust is being set up to take over the running of Workington’s Carnegie Theatre. Theatre owner Allerdale council is in discussions with a group of users to eventually turn the theatre into a not-for-profit trust.

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Derby Hippodrome: Campaigners back theatre option

8th August 2013

Campaigners trying to save a derelict Derby theatre are backing an option to restore it to its former use. A feasibility study commissioned by the city council and English Heritage outlined three possible uses for the building. A full restoration of the theatre would cost about £16m.

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‘It is all over’: Man who has kept Scarborough Futurist Theatre going admits

8th August 2013

Barrie Stead, who has packed the 2,000-seat venue with big acts, was speaking after a council meeting rejected any hope of saving it. Going further than before, Mr Stead added: “At the end of the day, you can’t argue the fact that the council doesn’t have £3 million to spend on it.”

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Event: The Critics' Circle Centenary Conference 27th September 2013

7th August 2013

Booking is now open for The Critics’ Circle Centenary Conference

100 Years of Criticism: Key Changes

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Arts Council England announcement on next investment round

7th August 2013

ACE has announced how they will approach their next investment round following the recent spending review settlement of 5%. Whilst the statement does not detail specifics, there are some key points that AD:uk members should be aware of as ACE moves towards a new investment approach.

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Norwich Puppet Theatre celebrates new £25k grant

7th August 2013

Norwich Puppet Theatre director, Joy Haynes, holding the Tinderbox Soldier, with puppeteers of the Tinderbox production, Seonaid Goody, and Paul Preston Mills, and the dogs from the Theatre’s own production, as the Theatre celebrates their latest funding of £25,000.

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