News: The Place responds to ACE funding

Wednesday 30 March 2011

The Place

Statement from The Place:

The Place (Contemporary Dance Trust Ltd) has been accepted onto Arts Council England’s new National Portfolio funding programme, and granted £5.5million over the three years from April 2012 to March 2015. This funding is 11% less that the £6.1million for which we applied, which would have restored The Place’s funding in cash terms to 2010 levels by 2015.

The funding will help The Place to continue its vital role as the UK’s leading supporter of dance artists and new dance talent, developing enhanced ways of engaging participants and audiences. The Arts Council’s assessment recognised the breadth and quality of our work and the contribution that it makes to national picture of funded organisations. It will be a significant challenge to fully maintain this with reduced funding, and difficult choices about how The Place prioritises its activities will have to be made in the months ahead.

The Place recognises the challenges that Arts Council England faced in creating its new portfolio with significantly reduced funding from Government. We believed that our plans for 2011-15, which decreased The Place’s reliance on public funding while broadening the impact of our work, were a creative and co-operative response to the changed circumstances in which we will operate.

While disappointed that we may not now be able to deliver our full plans, we are grateful that the Arts Council’s decision validates our approach and underlines the national significance of our role. We know that with our funding award comes additional responsibility to support and develop dance nationally in the difficult years ahead.

Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp, Chief Executive of The Place, said today “Cutting funding for The Place, like all cuts to the arts, threatens the work of artists and the public’s opportunities to engage with it. We are nonetheless grateful for Arts Council England’s ongoing support, and will work with them and our partners in dance – funded and unfunded – to face these threats so that dance in the UK can continue to flourish and thrive”.

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