Arts Council shifts focus from London


Regional arts funding boost

as Arts Council shifts focus from London.

Regardless of where you live, everybody should be able to access great arts and culture. With Arts Council England putting more investment into the regions, we will be well on the way to enriching the lives of many more millions of people Matt Hancock, culture minister.

More money will be put into funding the arts in the regions, the Arts Council has said as it shifts it focus from London.

An extra £37million will be released each year between 2018 and 2022 and is expected to boost funding for the regions by some four per cent.

Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England, admitted that the budget “remains very tight” and the money will need to “stretch much further” despite the Government not announcing any further cuts to the budget.

He said:  “We’ve planned a budget that lets us reach more people in new ways. We’ll increase investment outside London without damaging the capital; fund more new, small and diverse organisations.  And museums, libraries and arts organisations will apply to us on a more level playing field.

Everybody deserves to benefit from Arts Council investment, wherever they are, whatever their background. Our plans through to 2022 show we mean it when we talk about great art and culture for everyone.”. . . .

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