ENGLAND’S ARTS FACE BLOODIEST CULL IN HALF A CENTURY
AS FUNDS ARE CUT FOR 200 GROUPS
Â· Arts Council decision will shut many groups in April
Â· Majority to get budget rise of at least inflation level
Mark Brown, arts correspondent
Monday December 17, 2007
Nearly 200 arts organisations in England have been told that their funding will end from next April in the biggest and most bloody cull since the Arts Council was set up more than 50 years ago.Pre-Christmas letters from Arts Council England have been dropping on the mats of groups across the arts, telling them they cannot expect to continue receiving public money.
Many organisations will, however, have had good news. Of the 990 bodies which get funding, three-quarters have been told to expect inflation or above rises.