Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Arts Council England announces funding strategy

Arts Council England (ACE) has announced a three-year funding strategy, reports The Stage. Following a funding freeze from Government, ACE have told 121 organisations that they will no longer receive funding.
Announcing the cuts, acting chief executive of ACE Kim Evans said organisations facing reductions were those that received less than £20,000 annually from the funding body or, in cases such as Arts & Business, had the resources to make up the difference from elsewhere.

“We have had to make choices and these choices mean that some organisations have had to fall out. The policy decision to look at those on less than £20,000 would have been done anyway but not all of them and not necessarily now,” she said. “If you received less [than £20,000] it is not the best way to fund you.”
However, 60% of organisations currently funded will receive increases, some in excess of inflation.

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