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Most Scottish arts organisations to face deep funding cuts

23rd July 2010

New government agency Creative Scotland spending review will hit Edinburgh festival and the Traverse theatre. More than 50 of Scotland’s best-known arts organisations, including the Edinburgh festival and the Traverse theatre, face deep cuts in their grants from the new government arts agency Creative Scotland.

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Ed Vaizey denies arts funding decision is imminent

22nd July 2010

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has quashed rumours that a decision on arts sector funding is imminent, insisting that the Treasury will not decide the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s budget until the government spending review in October.

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Belgrade Theatre, Coventry strengthens links with local business community

22nd July 2010

The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry brought together members of the local business community with an exclusive event for its Directors Club held in the award winning restaurant Petit Gourmand at the Belgrade.

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Bright future for troubled Exeter Northcott

22nd July 2010

The chief executive of Exeter Northcott, which had to be pulled out of administration, has predicted a bright future for the troubled venue as it prepares to announce its autumn schedule.

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Theatre Peckham plan ditched for closed down Children's Museum

22nd July 2010

An ex-children’s museum controversially closed down by the council has no tenant, after prospective new occupants ran into funding problems. The Livesey museum closed in February 2008 as part of that year’s budget cuts. Theatre Peckham were selected as its preferred new occupants the following December, but this week they announced they were pulling out of the agreement.

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Nuffield Theatre cut from Southampton's planned new arts quarter

22nd July 2010

A Southampton theatre has been axed from plans for a major new arts complex, the future of which hangs on a funding decision. The Arts Council will decide whether to confirm a crucial £5.7m grant for the complex – plus an additional £1.5m towards amended plans for an art gallery on the ground floor. Culture bosses at the council insist the £17m project cannot go ahead without the cash.

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Theatr Colwyn fundraising show

22nd July 2010

A community has clubbed together to organise a variety show to raise funds for a Victorian theatre. The show at Theatr Colwyn has been organised to help regenerate the venue while giving performers a chance to appear on stage for the first time.

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Support grows for Gwent Theatre

22nd July 2010

Fans from as far afield as the United States and Hong Kong are protesting at the Arts Council of Wales’ decision to axe all of its funding of Gwent Theatre as from March 2011. The Monmouthshire arts community have been rocked by the news that three leading organisations have lost their funding from The Arts Council of Wales.

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The arts cannot survive on rich backers alone

22nd July 2010

There’s a new idea in Torytown: it’s called Philanthro-capitalism. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt prefers private giving to Arts Council grants, and proposes a 50 per cent cut at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Evening Standard City Editor Chris Blackhurst asks: “Why should the arts be spared the worst?” Well, for two reasons: the arts are cheap, and they’re profitable comments actor and director Samuel West.

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Theatres Trust report calls for better designed theatres and performing arts spaces in schools

22nd July 2010

As MPs debate the Academies Bill this week, The Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, publishes a report highlighting the need to improve the quality of theatres and performing arts facilities in schools.

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