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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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Playwrighting, Teaching and the Politics of both: Those 100% cuts in full

31st March 2011

So there was one important category missing from my list yesterday, which also, oddly, was missing from the original ACE spreadsheet too. And that was those theatre companies and venues whose funding has been entirely removed blogs Fin Kennedy, blogger of Playwrighting, Teaching and the Politics of both.

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Kingston Rose’s Unwin hits out at arts council decisions

31st March 2011

Kingston Rose’s artistic director Stephen Unwin has hit out at Arts Council England’s funding decisions, claiming that south west London has been disproportionately hit. The Rose, which has never received regular funding from ACE, had its application for funding turned down.

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Arts Council unveils funding plans for the North East

31st March 2011

Delight, relief, disappointment and despair characterised a day when the future cultural landscape of the North East became clearer as Arts Council England unveiled its new national portfolio of arts organisations. Under the old system 69 organisations in the North East were regularly funded. Of the 85 organisations that applied to be part of the national portfolio, 42 were successful, including 10 not regularly supported in the past.

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Elitism charge as ACE cash axe falls on London's arts provision

31st March 2011

A slash-and-burn attack on small arts projects by ACE means thousands of young people are going to miss out on music and performing arts lessons. One of the losers of the funding announcement, the Weekend Arts College at Hampstead Town Hall in Belsize Park, says it will have to scrap some sessions. In contrast, bigger arts venues such as the Barbican, Hampstead Theatre and The Roundhouse won grants despite being able to hire out their performing arts spaces to box-office blockbusters.

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ACE funding boost for Cumbrian theatre

31st March 2011

Cultural causes in Cumbria will continue to benefit from millions of pounds-worth of arts funding despite severe spending cuts. Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake yesterday revealed it had actually secured an increase in Arts Council England cash. Meanwhile, Eden Arts have also had financial backing confirmed by the organisation.

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A triumph of Plymouth's cultural expertise as ACE funding is secured

31st March 2011

It is difficult, if not impossible, to put a value on culture and what it brings to a city and its residents. But most people would accept that Plymouth would be a much poorer place without its theatres and artistic centres. So yesterday’s announcement that six of our city’s cultural bodies have secured vital arts funding for three years from April 2012 is a fantastic boost.

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CultureCuts: Post your Arts Council funding questions for Alan Davey

31st March 2011

Following yesterday’s funding and cuts announcements, Arts Council chief executive Alan Davey will be online at 1pm today to answer your questions. Post them here

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Plans to demolish Barry Theatre Royal are to be considered today

31st March 2011

Controversial plans to demolish the historic Theatre Royal in Barry and build a care complex on the site are to be considered today. The scheme by Cardiff-based Hafod Care involves knocking down the 101-year-old Theatre Royal Building in Broad Street and building an “extra care” complex of 42 flats in its place.

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