UK GOVERNMENT DELAYS ARTS FUNDING AT LAST MINUTE

Todd Swift | 25 October, 2022

If you read a few posts back, you will see October 26 was coming, and with it, the major three-year funding announcements from ACE - Arts Council England - for theatres, galleries, museums, publishers - all the arts organisations in England that rely on government support for the arts - which is most if not all. Today, in a surprise move, the ACE emailed every applicant this message:

"Important update: Delay to Investment Programme announcement


Dear all,

I am getting in touch with you this morning to let you know that there will be a delay to receiving a decision on your application to our Investment Programme for 2023-26.

Following discussions with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), we have agreed to delay sharing our Investment Programme decisions with applicants. The announcement will instead be made as soon as possible within the coming days. You can find a copy of our full published statement online here: www.artscouncil.org.uk/investment23.

This delay applies to every applicant to the programme and means we will not be contacting you with a decision tomorrow (Wednesday 26 October) as we had planned.

We know organisations are anxiously awaiting our announcement, so we feel for you in having to share news of this delay..."

Therefore, like everyone else in the same boat, we will just have to wait and see, but needless to say, there is a potentially ominous side to this delay, since the new PM will be looking for massive savings by cutting back on departmental expenditure... do they intend to cut, at the last minute, the ACE allocations even more?

With this delay will come more delay in planning our next three years...

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