Today Arts Council England announced its investment plans for 2015-18. It lists 46 arts organisations joining the portfolio. 58 will be leaving, and 43 of those are outside of London.
Plans for the West Midlands include 48 arts organisations and three Major Partner Museums.
One new organisation joining the West Midlands portfolio is BE Festival, an international theatre showcase.
The six organisations being offered a higher level of funding to achieve specific aims are:
- 2Faced Dance Company
- Birmingham Royal Ballet
- Ex Cathedra
- Sonia Sabri Company
There are three organisations from the West Midlands leaving NPO. From what I gather, those are Big Brum, Rhubarb Rhubarb (which has been in hiatus since 2011, following the sudden and long-term illness of Rhonda Wilson, MBE — its founding CEO and creative force) and Tindal Street Press (formerly based in Birmingham. Since 2012, it has been an imprint of Profile Books Ltd.)
Here are a selection of happy tweets I’ve seen in my feed today:
— Multistory (@Multistory) July 1, 2014
— mac birmingham (@mac_birmingham) July 1, 2014
I am relieved to say that Black Country Touring has retained its NPO funding at the same level. Fingers crossed for friends & colleagues — Steve Johnstone (@stevebct) July 1, 2014
— Redeye (@RedeyeNetwork) July 1, 2014
And the not so happy …