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    Birmingham arts groups cut by 17%

    The axe has fallen on Birmingham arts organisations as City Council announces a 17% cut in funding for 2011/2012.
    All major arts groups will receive significantly less money and eleven smaller organisations will be cut off altogether.
    Cabinet today approved grants totally £7.8 million, which is a reduction of 17% from the 2010/2011 spending level of £9.4 million. 
    The cuts are not across the board and vary for each organisation, as follows:

    Eleven smaller arts organisations have had their funding eliminated, including Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Craftspace, Birmingham Jazz, Big Brum, Women & Theatre, Sound it Out, ACE Dance, Tindal Street Press, Stan’s Cafe, Fierce and RBSA.

    Click below to see the current level of support for the arts groups that will be cut off:

    In a news release, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Martin Mullaney says that he is “passionate about the arts scene in Birmingham” and notes that Birmingham Council’s support for the arts is double the commitment of Manchester.
    “Now, none of us are exactly jumping for joy at the news but times are hard and everyone knows the current national economic situation. It would be na├»ve to think the budget cuts are not going to impact on the cultural sector here in Birmingham,” says Mullaney.
    Mullaney says he met with arts groups prior to today’s announcement to try and ensure that no organisations collapse as a result.
    He notes that many groups also receive funding from the Arts Council, other grants and ticket sales, and he says hopefully members of the public will not notice any difference.
    In order to cushion the blow for smaller arts groups that are being cut off, Council is giving each group six months of transition funding ranging from £36,000 for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group to £5,000 for RBSA.

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