Arts grants rebuttal

By on 15/12/2011 in Rebuttals

In response to today’s Birmingham Post article: City arts heritage struggles to cope as funding slashed we wish to point out that funding to our arts organisations has not in fact been slashed but maintained at 2011-12 levels for the next two years.

This decision has been taken following detailed consultation and underlines how much we value our arts organisations - both for their contribution to the Birmingham economy and in the way they enhance our everyday lives.

With reference to possible changes to opening times at mac, operational decisions are made by the mac board not Birmingham City Council.

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  1. mike davies says:

    Let us not kid ourselves that in real terms, maintaining current levels of funding for 2 years is actually a cut. Typical council spin, I fear. And yes, the mac board, like others, make operating decisions, but these are forced upon them by the council’s funding decions. it’s a simple matter of cause and effect and it would disingenuous of the council to pretend otherwise. But, hey, as long as they maintain funding for the German market, who needs culture. Let’s leave mac shut for 2 months- while paying for the upkeep, close symphony hall and the town hall for the summer months and let those annoying minor arts organisations go to the wall. No wonder we never won City of Culture. No one believed the council were interested in more than the title.

    • geoffc says:

      Thanks for your comments Mike.

      The decision to maintain funding for the next two years was made following detailed consultation with our arts organisations and comes at a time when local authorities across the UK are reducing funding for cultural organisations.

      As for the Frankfurt Christmas Market, this is a self-funding event that provides a huge annual boost to the Birmingham economy – £90 million and 3 million visitors last year.