Arts organisations in the West Midlands will receive £132.6 million over three years from April 2012 under the Arts Council England’s new funding system.
Across the region 51 groups, including eight newcomers, will benefit from the cash - but 23 organisations previously funded will lose out entirely, including Malvern Theatre.
The controversial Public arts centre in West Bromwich, which had until a few years ago received £520,000 a year from the Arts Council, failed with a new application for more funding. The Arts Council was criticised by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee for giving the centre cash, at a time when much of it was not open to the public.
Fewer groups will be funded under the national Portfolio system, which aims to take art to a wider community.
This follows the council’s landmark decision in 2010 to introduce the new system and an ambitious 10-year strategic framework for the arts in England. It also takes into account a significant cut to the Arts Council’s budget from the Government.
New bodies to receive funding in Birmingham are Writing West Midlands, which runs Birmingham Book Festival, and the Sonia Sabri Company, an Indian dance group.
Performances Birmingham, a charity which manages Town Hall and Symphony Hall, enters a partnership with Birmingham Jazz.
Ros Robins, West Midlands director of Arts Council England, said: ‘We have worked hard against a background of reducing budgets to create a varied portfolio of arts organisations across the region.
"We are investing in organisations that show an ability and a commitment to make great art for everyone and continue to develop audiences across the region.
“We recognise the important role that Birmingham plays as the ‘cultural capital’ of the region with many major institutions based in the city.
“Our aim has been to preserve our investment in these organisations. We are naturally concerned at the impact public sector cuts may have on these organisations and will be working closely with Birmingham City Council to try and ensure that their funding can continue to be maintained, alongside the Arts Council’s, to preserve the richness and diversity of the arts offer in the city."
Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre is among the organisations to continue to benefit from the Arts Council funding.
Joanna Reid, executive director of the Belgrade, said it had received 95.5% of the funding it had applied for. But she said because the full amount had not been received, the theatre would be making some adjustments to the theatre’s programme.
Ms Reid added: “The Belgrade is relieved that our plans to contribute to the Arts Council plan, Achieving Great Art for Everyone, have been supported, but because we have not received the full amount that we requested we will have to revisit them and make some adjustments.
“Like the majority of arts organisations in the country we received a 6.9 per cent funding cut from the Arts Council for 2011-12, which equated to around £73,000, so we have already had to reduce our activity in comparison to recent years and a 4.5 per cent cut on this equates to another £44,000.
Rhubarb Rhubarb, a photographic development agency in Birmingham, will receive about £100,000 a year for the next three years, company manager Lorna-Mary Webb said.
However, she said the money alone was not enough for the company to survive and it would have to look at fundraising opportunities elsewhere.
“We will have to raise funds elsewhere to allow us to continue our operations, and we’re also having to change the way we work," said Ms Webb. "We’ll be taking most of our training online now. So it’s a change in dynamics for us here,” she told the British Journal of Photography.
* The Created in Birmingham website has broken down the funding distribution into the following lists
Organisations which have seen their funding increase from previous years:
Ace Dance And Music
Birmingham City University
Black Country Touring
Fierce! Festival Limited
Geese Theatre Company
Live & Local Ltd
Wolverhampton Arts and Museums Service
Organisations which have seen their funding decreased:
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Birmingham Opera Company
Birmingham Repertory Theatre Limited
Birmingham Royal Ballet
City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Dance Touring Consortium Limited
Ikon Gallery Limited
Ledbury Poetry Festival
Midlands Arts Centre (MAC)
Motionhouse Dance Theatre
New Art Gallery Walsall
New Vic Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Company
Talking Birds Theatre Company Ltd
The Courtyard Centre for the Arts
Tindal Street Press
Warwick Arts Centre
Welsh National Opera Limited
New to the Arts Council portfolio are:
2 FaCeD DaNcE Company Ltd
Nofit State Community Circus
Sonia Sabri Dance Company
Writing West Midlands
Organisations which have previously benefited from Arts Council funding but will miss out entirely (some will have teamed up with other organisations):
Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company
Chitraleka Dance Company
Contemporary Dance Society
Designer Maker West Midlands
Hereford Photography Festival
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Malvern Theatres Trust
Open Theatre Company
Rideout (Creative Arts For Rehabilitation)
Sound It Out
Writers in Prison Network
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