- Date: 1 July 2014
- Area: Midlands
The plans in the Midlands include 87 arts organisations and four Major Partner Museums. Four arts organisations join the portfolio, seven leave and two museums are introduced.
The majority of organisations in the new portfolio have received standstill funding. Uplifts have been given to eight organisations that made an exceptional case for increased funding.
The four organisations in the Midlands that will be joining the National Portfolio are:
The two organisations in the Midlands that will become Major Partner Museums joining Ironbridge and Birmingham Museums Trust are:
Eight organisations will be offered a higher level of funding to achieve specific aims:
Levels of funding for the other National Portfolio Organisations, based in the Midlands, will be maintained at existing levels to build on their excellent work and deliver high quality programmes for audiences across the Midlands and further afield to enjoy.
Overall the proposed NPOs and MPM budget is now reduced by 3.8% a year, despite a reduction of 36% in grant in aid from government since 2010. This has been achieved by using lottery money to fund an additional number of organisations. Sustaining the National portfolio in this way means that there will be a significant reduction to the Arts Council’s Strategic funds. Our focus for Strategic funds will therefore be building capacity outside London. For the next three years there will be very limited funds for capital investment and savings have been made across other schemes such as the large scale Catalyst programme which supports endowments for large organisations.
Peter Phillips, Chairman of the Midlands Area Council, said: “The Midlands has an ambitious and exciting cultural offer. It’s home to a great number of organisations and artists that produce world-class work for audiences to enjoy and we’re committed to maintaining this thriving cultural scene. Our Area Council is made up of leaders from arts, culture, and business and elected local councillors from across the Midlands. Because there were so many good applications we faced a difficult task of making the funding recommendations you are seeing today but we’re proud of the portfolio and hope it will help us achieve our goal of getting great art to everyone.
“The National Portfolio is just one of the ways the Arts Council invests in and supports the country’s cultural sector. Alongside this new portfolio we’ll continue to work with artists and arts organisations across the Midlands to offer investment through our Grants for the arts and Strategic funding programmes.”
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “We are investing in an exciting and varied portfolio of organisations and all of them help us to achieve our aim of great art and culture for everyone. The quality and range of these organisations reflects the wealth of creative talent we have here.
“At a time of significant economic challenge I’m pleased that we have been able to maintain existing levels of funding for many organisations to consolidate and build on their excellent work. We couldn’t fund everyone, but it is very positive that we have been able to introduce four new arts organisations and two new museums to our funded portfolio, all of which will bring something relevant, different and stimulating to the terrific arts and culture offer we enjoy across the Midlands.”
The full list of all the National Portfolio Organisations and Major Partner Museums in the Midlands and nationally can be found here.
Any existing National Portfolio Organisations who were unsuccessful in their applications have nine months of funding remaining to allow them to explore alternative sources of support or to adapt their current business plans.
The National Portfolio is just one way the Arts Council supports the country’s arts and cultural sector. Through the Capital funding programme the Arts Council invests in buildings and equipment arts organisations need to deliver great art and culture in their communities.
Five organisations throughout the Midlands have been awarded funding through the small scale capital scheme. These are:
Four organisations have been successful in the first stage of the process for large scale capital grants and have been invited to apply in the second stage. These are: