Mixed fortunes for arts as funding cuts revealed

AA-Jul1-Ballet2WEB.jpg Hundreds of arts groups across the UK found out today that they will be left stranded as Arts Council England announced around £100million cuts.

Around 1,300 theatres, galleries and arts groups applied for funding under the new regime imposed after the government spending review cut ACE's annual grant.

ACE announced 695 organisations had been successful in their applications for funding from 2012 to 2015, including 110 new groups. But that is down on the 849 organisations funded under the old regime.

Of the groups that previously received funding and continue to do so, more than 300 face a cut in real terms in their grants.

The Arcola Theatre, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Half Moon theatre and Young Vic are among the few organisations that will profit. The Southbank Centre, which includes the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery, received £22.1 million from the Arts Council in the current year but its funding will fall to £20.1 million over the next four years.

The four resident orchestras at Southbank Centre - London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - all face cuts too.