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Arts Council Funding Announcement

The Arts Council funding announcement has left a mixed bag of increases and cuts. One big winner is Resonance FM with a 64% increase in funding, but there’s bad news for Sound And Music, who face a 48% reduction in funding.

Larger venues had mixed results: the Barbican had a whopping 108.7% funding increase, while the ICA faces a 42.5% cut and the Southbank Centre loses 15%. It’s worth noting that the Barbican has been receiving something in the region of £250,000 per year while the ICA has been receiving over £1m in funding per year. Electra Productions retains its funding but with a 13.6% reduction, and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival receives a 14% increase and Artangel a 19.3% increase. The Roundhouse faces an 11% cut and Rich Mix a 59.1% reduction, while the Arcola theatre receives an 82.1% increase.

New National Portfolio Organisations who will be receiving funding include Auto Italia, Voltaire/IntoArts, Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery, Phoenix Arts, Peer, Workplace Gallery, Spike Island, and Project Space Leeds.

For all the gory details, lock in to the Google spreadsheet here. (Note: All percentages quoted are real percentage change (Oct inflation estimates), as opposed to percentage cash change)