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Arts Council of Wales protects funding to key organisations in spite of overall budget cuts

Today, Arts Council of Wales announces, subject to final Welsh Government budget approval, funding allocations for 2016/17 to its newly designated Arts Portfolio Wales. 24 Feb 2016

Arts Council of Wales protects funding to key organisations in spite of overall budget cuts
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The Council met on Friday, 19 February, 2016 to discuss its investment strategy in response to a proposed reduction in funding from the Welsh Government of £1.5m (‑4.7%). This announcement marks the conclusion of the Arts Council’s Investment Review.

The main features in Council’s strategy are:

  • No funding cuts to any organisation currently receiving less than £150,000 of funding. This decision will benefit 24 organisations across Wales.
  • Four new members will enter the portfolio (Arts Alive, Blackwood Miners’ Institute, Jukebox Collective and Ystradgynlais Miners’ Welfare).
  • Two existing organisations (Ballet Cymru and Sinfonia Cymru) will see their revenue funding increase.
  • The remaining members of the portfolio will see funding reductions limited to -3.5% or less.

Two members of the new Arts Portfolio Wales (Ffilm Cymru Wales and National Youth Arts Wales) are supported through Lottery funding. The Arts Council also delegates open‑to-application funds for Writers Bursaries and Community Music‑Making to Literature Wales and Tŷ Cerdd respectively. Our funding for WJEC and Tŷ Cerdd in the current year supports our national youth performing ensembles. From 2016/17 these two amounts will be combined into a single grant to National Youth Arts Wales. Tŷ Cerdd and WJEC will continue to work together to support the activity of our national youth performing ensembles.

Prof Dai Smith, Chair of Arts Council of Wales said:

"This has been a challenging Investment Review process. Nevertheless, we were determined from the outset to be bold, brave and far-reaching. Today, we deliver on these ambitions. In spite of a further £1.5m cut in Welsh Government funding, we have been able to sustain a nation-wide network of high performing organisations. We have also protected them against the full impact of the cuts, with over a third of the portfolio not seeing any reductions at all."

The new name "Arts Portfolio Wales" recognises the value of the activities provided by these organisations in every corner of the country.

Explaining what it means, Arts Council Chief Executive Nick Capaldi said:

"One of the distinctive qualities of Wales is the strength and diversity of its arts. Our new Portfolio fully reflects this. We continue to champion the international importance of our national companies but we value as well the day‑to‑day work of our smaller, more local organisations. Whether large or small, these are organisations who have demonstrated their commitment to quality and who strive constantly to find new ways of encouraging the people of Wales to enjoy and take part in the arts."

Today’s announcement is subject to confirmation of Welsh Government funding to the Arts Council of Wales. The budget is expected to be confirmed in the Senedd on Tuesday 8 March.

In conclusion, Prof Dai Smith added:

"We have achieved a better outcome for 2016/17 than many had expected, but now is not the moment for complacency. Our local government partners continue to wrestle with their own funding constraints and we know that the Welsh Government faces funding pressures that extend for some years to come. Indeed, Welsh Government funding to the Arts Council has already been cut by over 12% since 2010, so any further scope we have had to mitigate cuts has now long been exhausted.

"And yet more people than ever before are enjoying and taking part in the arts. This is not an accident – it is the result of real engagement and appetite, right across Wales. If we wish to sustain the arts into the future, if we want Wales to be fair, prosperous and confident, improving the quality of life of its people in all of the country’s communities, then we, Government included, must make the informed choices that enable this to happen. The Arts matter, the Arts are central to the matter of Wales itself and the Arts make Wales matter in the eyes of the world. Our Arts Portfolio Wales will ensure both."

For further information please contact Betsan Moses on 02920441307 / 07970751057 or betsan.moses@artscouncilofwales.org.uk

Notes to the Editor:

  1. Arts Council of Wales is the country’s official body for funding and developing the arts
  2. In the current year, Arts Council of Wales allocated £27.1million in revenue funding to existing RFOs
  3. Arts Council of Wales also distributes funds from the National Lottery

The Arts Portfolio Wales 2016/17

Organisation

2015/16

2016/17 recommendation

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

534,534

518,498

Arad Goch

345,523

335,157

Artes Mundi Prize Limited

142,958

142,958

Artis Community Cymuned

199,173

193,198

Arts Care Gofal Celf

128,420

128,420

Arts Connection - Cyswllt Celf

62,999

62,999

Ballet Cymru

193,842

243,842

Bangor University

279,015

270,645

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

806,120

777,906

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias

77,537

77,537

Chapter Cardiff Ltd.

654,804

635,160

Community Music Wales

101,767

101,767

Cwmni'r Frân Wen

232,096

225,133

Dawns i Bawb

82,383

82,383

Disability Arts Cymru

164,766

159,823

Ffilm Cymru Wales

1,400,000

1,351,000

Ffotogallery

198,688

192,727

g39

67,845

67,845

Galeri Caernarfon

314,993

305,543

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

121,151

121,151

Hafren

103,395

103,395

Head4Arts

145,382

145,382

Hijinx Theatre

155,074

150,422

Literature Wales

743,174

717,163

Live Music Now Wales

43,614

43,614

Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre

82,383

82,383

Mid Wales Opera

100,798

100,798

Mission Gallery

92,075

92,075

Mostyn

387,684

376,053

Music Theatre Wales

218,072

211,530

National Dance Company Wales

835,209

805,977

National Theatre Wales

1,608,375

1,552,082

National Youth Arts Wales (funding previously routed through WJEC and Tŷ Cerdd)

242,303

350,000

NEW Dance

72,969

72,969

NoFit State Community Circus

193,842

188,027

Oriel Davies Gallery

222,918

216,230

Oriel Myrddin Trust

45,553

45,553

Pontardawe Arts Centre

61,060

61,060

Powys Dance

108,794

108,794

Rhondda Cynon Tâf Council

150,228

145,721

Rubicon Dance

193,842

188,027

Ruthin Craft Centre

387,684

376,053

Sherman Cymru

1,121,567

1,087,920

Sinfonia Cymru

111,459

210,459

Taliesin Arts Centre

219,041

212,470

The Riverfront

121,151

121,151

Theatr Bara Caws

278,702

270,341

Theatr Brycheiniog

193,842

188,027

Theatr Clwyd

1,795,875

1,741,999

Theatr Felinfach

58,153

58,153

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

1,030,830

994,751

Theatr Iolo

255,739

248,067

Theatr Mwldan

266,826

258,821

Theatr na n'Óg

314,848

305,403

Torch Theatre Company

445,837

432,462

trac - Music Traditions Wales

77,537

77,537

Tŷ Cerdd - Music Centre Wales

237,901

153,164

Ucheldre Centre

72,691

72,691

Valley & Vale Community Arts

174,458

169,224

Valleys Kids

118,244

118,244

Volcano Theatre Company

208,380

202,129

Wales Millennium Centre

3,531,743

3,408,132

Welsh National Opera

4,539,538

4,380,654

New portfolio members

Arts Alive

75,000

Blackwood Miners Institute

125,000

Jukebox Collective

162,000

Ystradgynlais Miners' Welfare

40,202

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