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English National Opera is to have its regular public funding cut by pounds 5m a year, one of the highest-profile losers in a high-stakes day of funding announcements which saw hundreds of arts organisations told of their settlements for the next three years.
Yesterday was one of the most important days in the arts calendar as
The ENO, one of the five biggest recipients of
Other casualties included the Orange Tree theatre in Richmond, west
For most arts organisations the news was good, or at least bearable. Thanks to an injection of lottery money and a fall in cash for capital and philanthropy projects, the council said it was able to give standstill funding to three quarters of those arts organisations already receiving money.
It also increased the amount of national portfolio cash being given to arts organisations outside
The ENO has been on an artistic high, but has struggled to meet box office targets.
The arts council had initially suggested a reduced schedule of performances, something ENO balked at. Instead it came up with an alternative plan which includes generating more money from the cafes and bars at the Coliseum, developing
The decision followed a best-value investment analysis of the big seven opera and ballet companies, who account for 22% of national portfolio funding.
The ENO pill was sugared with a one-off payment - to help in the transition of its business model - of pounds 7.6m.
The drop in funding for the ENO is clearly a significant blow as 48% of its income comes from the public purse. The company stressed that with the transition money the actual reduction in money would be closer to 13% and in line with what it had applied for.
The chairman of ACE, Sir
The national portfolio, organisations who all receive regular funding, is being reduced from 696 to 670. Among the 42 new entrants are
The 58 organisations leaving the portfolio included the Orange Tree theatre in Richmond, whose new artistic director,
He said the decision would not close the theatre: "There's no reason why we can't continue to do terrific things."
The centre's chief executive,
"What we do know is that we cannot and will not see this decision as a vote of no confidence, and that we will find a way to continue through our own passion and dedication to making theatre that represents the dispossessed, tells stories of the injustices of our world and changes lives."
Other organisations leaving the portfolio include the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmonds,
Davey stressed that they would work to find other ways of helping those dropped from the portfolio and announced an increase in the smaller grants for the arts budget from pounds 63m to pounds 70m.
Most of the big companies had been braced for a cut.
The overall national portfolio budget is not dramatically different: pounds 339.5m in 2015/16 compared with pounds 341.4m in 2014/15. That is largely due to a better than expected comprehensive review settlement and a big increase in lottery money. Without those factors, Bazalgette said, ACE faced having money for only 250 organisations.
Some things had to go. There will be limited money for capital investment and there will be no money for large Catalyst endowment grants, a scheme intended to encourage philanthropy.
In terms of money by art form, dance was the biggest winner. It will receive 9.4% more money, while music goes down 4.3%, visual arts down 2.6% and theatre down 0.4%.
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