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Arts council funding questions: the Q&A digested

31st March 2011

Following the live Q&A with Arts Council England chief executive Alan Davey on The Guardian Culture Cuts Blog, view the questions and responses in a more digestible form.

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Hull's ACE funding cash gives freedom to support culture

31st March 2011

The long-term future of Hull’s Freedom Festival has been given a huge boost after the Arts Council committed three years of funding to the event. Hull Truck is also celebrating after receiving full funding up until 2015. The theatre will receive more than £500,000 each year for the next five years.

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London declared a winner with £510m of arts funding

31st March 2011

London is a major winner in the biggest shake-up of arts funding in decades, the head of the Arts Council in the capital said today. The city secured £510.6 million – 49 per cent – of cash distributed in the wake of the Government’s 30 per cent cut to the Arts Council budget.

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ITC chief says she fears for rural touring after ACE decisions

31st March 2011

Independent Theatre Council chief executive Charlotte Jones has said that she is “very concerned” about the future of rural touring following Arts Council England’s funding announcement yesterday.

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These gung-ho cuts mar all that is best in Britain

31st March 2011

The Arts Council yesterday announced how it would deal with the huge cut imposed on it by the Government. Over the next four years, the National Theatre’s grant will decrease by 15 per cent in real terms, as will the grants of most of the major national companies. But we have no argument with the Arts Council: we have been doing well and recognise the pressing need to support organisations less well-funded than we are.

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Leicester's struggling arts venue Phoenix Square gets Arts Council cash as the Curve gets cut by 2%

31st March 2011

Leicester’s Phoenix Square arts complex has received a major boost after being awarded Arts Council England funding for the first time. Last summer, the £21.5 million film and digital media centre was given a £250,000 bail-out by the city council after failing to attract enough visitors. Now, it will receive £245,000 over three years to develop its digital arts programme.

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Dark day for the arts with Theatr Powys' final curtain

31st March 2011

Monday will be a dark day for the arts in mid Wales, as the Theatr Powys theatre company shut up shop, leave the drama centre and hand over the keys. In an emotional letter, the chief organisers at Theatr Powys said that their services had been made redundant, following the withdrawal of crucial funding by the Arts Council of Wales (ACW).

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Equity UK Government cuts to the arts start to bite

31st March 2011

As Government cuts to the arts start to bite, Equity General Secretary has described today’s announcement of cuts to a host of theatre companies of between 10 and 15% as a bad day for theatre audiences and a bad day for theatre workers. “Arts Council England has been given an impossible job to do by the Government, which has cut funding to the arts by 30%.

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Blog: Arts Council England funding decisions - did ACE get it right?

31st March 2011

This was never going to be an easy funding settlement for the arts, or indeed, for the arts council blogs Alistair Smith for The Stage. ACE was dealt a tricky hand by government with the pot of money it receives from the Exchequer reduced by 30%. No more than half this cut (15%) had to be passed on to its regular funded organisations, now to be referred to as national portfolio organisations.

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Southampton City Council gets £300,000 ACE funding

31st March 2011

The arts in Southampton is to receive £300,000 from the Arts Council despite other organisations in Hampshire having their funding cut. Of 11 groups currently funded in Hampshire, three will receive no future funds, six will see cuts, while two will have substantial increases.

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