News: Arts Council funding announcements

Wednesday 30 March 2011

Arts Council England announced its decisions of funding for 2012 onwards this morning. Here’s our first snap shot picture of what it means for dance organisations across the UK – figures have been rounded to the nearest whole number. More will follow – and we will be including statements from organisations as we receive them.

Companies who were not previously Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs) and who have been awarded funding for three years include:

Protein Dance (London), Sonia Sabri Company (West Midlands), 2 FaCeD DaNcE Company, Association of Dance of the African Diaspora.

Winners amongst companies and organisations who were RFOS include Hofesh Shechter (up 73%), StopGAP Dance Company (up 71%), Vincent Dance Theatre (up 84%), Yorkshire Dance (up 55%), Wayne McGregor | Random Dance (up 29%), Dance City, Newcastle (up 33%). Greenwich Dance receives an increase of 42% and will be working in partnership with “Trinity Laban”:

And those facing significant cuts include: Ludus Dance (North West) (down 69%), Dance Umbrella (-43%) Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (-29%), English National Ballet, Phoenix Dance Theatre & Northern Ballet all have cuts of around 15%. The Royal Opera House takes a cut of 15%, Sadler’s Wells 5%, The Place (Contemporary Dance Trust) loses 20%.

Youth Dance England, which has done so much to establish a network of youth dance provision across the country will not become an NPO. Read their statement

Dance UK will not be funded as an NPO, as Arts Council England has decided not to fund support and membership organisations but to concentrate funding on organisations and companies delivering artistic projects. Moira Sinclair, Executive Director, London, Arts Council England says: ‘Dance UK has produced good work as an Arts Council funded organisation, supporting professional dancers and choreographers, particularly through its Healthier Dancer Programme, and raising the profile of dance in the wider sector. In the light of the limited funds available, it was with regret that we decided not to fund Dance UK’s application through our National portfolio. However, we will be working with the organisation to explore ways of ensuring this valuable work continues in the future.’
Other news:

Greenwich & Docklands Festivals – who present dance in site specific locations in the summer months get an increase of 33%, Rich Mix, the East London venue which has included a dance programme is cut by 59%.

Statements from organisations

Kiki Gale, Artistic Director East London Dance says: “we are delighted with today’s announcement that we are part of Arts Council England’s national portfolio of funded organisations with a cash increase for 2012-2015 of 22.8%. It will enable us to invest in an ambitious artistic development programme and further develop our successful activity and provision in East London and beyond.

We will be able to continue to make a dynamic contribution to a bespoke and diverse programme of dance performance and participation, including site specific and outdoor commissions and a strong dance participation programme for young and older people.

This decision is also a credit to the partnerships we have been able to establish in Stratford and beyond and we would like to thank all the artists, participants and partners who have worked with us to create this vibrant dancing community across east London. We look forward to continuing to develop these partnerships, and build new ones and as we approach 2012 we look forward to working to create a lasting legacy for culture in this unique part of London.”

***The Cholmondeleys & Featherstonehaughs* have had a complete withdrawal of Arts Council funding. Their statement (from the Guardian):

“We are enormously saddened that the Arts Council did not approve their national portfolio application. It was an incredibly exciting artistic programme planned with strong partnerships and opportunities for participation and education based on, and grown from, the experience of 27 years of existence. _ We believe in the resilience of the sector and hope that there will still exist space for innovation in the face of these swingeing cuts. _The Featherstonehaughs are touring this autumn and we are looking forward to presenting these amazing shows and performers in the UK.”

Craig Hassell of English National Ballet (down 15%) says:

“The message from government is that the arts should anticipate reduced funding. Whilst this is a disappointment, it also reflects the reality of the current economy. The challenge for English National Ballet is to develop other opportunities for revenue, to extend and nurture partnerships and to re-examine all areas of expenditure.”
(from the Guardian Culture cuts)

Siobhan Davies, Artistic director of Siobhan Davies Dance said:

“We are pleased that Siobhan Davies Dance has received the grant that we applied for, and over a sustained period of time. This will help us to continue to re-imagine and re-invent how and where dance happens and with our partnership organisation Independent Dance support the independent thinking and practice of dance artists._

“However, the arts are being cut drastically with ripple effects that extend way beyond the overall loss to Arts Council clients. We need to sustain and animate the argument that to withdraw money from the arts will have a negative impact on artists’ work, their relationships to their communities and on the creative industries.”
(from the Guardian Culture cuts)

From Protein Dance Luca Silvestrini (Artistic Director) and Sarah Trist (General Manager) say:

“We are looking forward to working with our partners to deliver an exciting and innovative programme which places new collaborations and community involvement at its heart. We would like to thank all the many people and organizations which have supported Protein on our journey to this point, including those who are currently shouldering the burden of government funding cuts.”

Dance Umbrella responds to news of ACE funding cut: **_“The Arts Council of England has, today, recognised the value that Dance Umbrella brings to the arts in London. At the same time they have set us a severe challenge: to bring a vibrant programme of new dance to London but with severely reduced resources. The challenge is now to raise significantly more funds from private sources, an area where we have had great success, at a time when there is significantly more competition in this area. Bringing dance to new places and spaces in London, often on a free-to-view basis remains at the centre of our mission and we remain confident of fulfilling this even in these challenging times.”

__*Betsy Gregory, Artistic Director of Dance Umbrella* **“”:

South East Dance (SED) say they are: *\”*pleased to announce it has been successful in its application for National Portfolio Funding (NPO) from Art Council England (ACE) for the period 2012/13 to 2014/15. The offer made by ACE is £595,000 per year. This is less than applied for but is at a level where we feel we can continue to contribute to the development of the thriving dance ecology in the South East region. SED proposes to deliver a rich and diverse programme in the coming years. SED places artists and communities at the heart of all it does and will continue to offer support and, where requested, guidance to peers in these times of flux and transition. Our priority remains to ensure that the infrastructure for dance in the South East continues to build and strengthen, enhancing the conditions for sustainable and bold dance to take place in a shifting national arts landscape. Our activity for 2011/12 will be unaffected by the NPO outcome.”

Chief Executive, James Tilston and Artistic Director, Adrian Berry of Jacksons’ Lane – the North London venue which presents dance and circus in its mix of programming say:

“Jacksons Lane is delighted to be one of the organisations invited to join the Arts Council National Portfolio, recognising the fantastic work we’re doing across so many artforms. Being a part of the portfolio will enable us to continue and develop our cultural offer for Haringey and across North London. While we’re glad our work has been recognized and thank the Arts Council for their faith in Jacksons Lane, this is a torrid time for arts funding and the withdrawal of funding to many other organisations will impact heavily both in London and nationally.”

__*Tamara Ashley, Director of Dance Digital* who have been unsuccessful in their bid to become an NPO said:
“We are hugely disappointed by the Arts Council’s decision, but while the loss of funding will greatly affect our road map into the future, we are now beginning to look at the options that could be open to us in the current economic climate. I will be working with the DanceDigital team, our trustees and partners, to explore different ways of supporting the innovative work of artists and of enriching our community through our existing dance-based programmes.”

The information published by ACE this morning does not present the full picture as applicants were given the choice not to be included in the initial annoucements. We will be adding to this page as news emerges -but here’s the link to the ACE spreadsheet:

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