Birmingham City Council is set to approve nearly nine million pounds to support the arts sector and cultural activities in Birmingham over the next three years, it has been announced.

The financial spend for the years between 2023 and 2026 is set to be approved by Cabinet next week (21 March 2023), according to a council statement.

In a breakdown of the funding, the council has revealed that The Commissioning of Cultural Activities 2023-26 report proposed revenue funding grants totalling £2,976,151 per annum over the next three financial years.

“This will cover the same funding period for those arts organisations in receipt of National Portfolio Funding from Arts Council England, therefore supporting arts organisations’ ability to plan for a sustainable future in challenging times,” the statement reads.

The funding includes grants totalling £2,488,270 per annum to 10 arts organisations, including £58,560 for The Legacy Centre of Excellence in Aston. The centre has been funded by an annual revenue precept from the sale of The Drum building, which previously occupied the site of the current venue.

Anaya Bolar from South-Asian Birmingham arts group Sampad, an existing council revenue-funded cultural organisationAdam Yosef
Anaya Bolar from South-Asian Birmingham arts group Sampad, an existing council revenue-funded cultural organisation

The council confirmed the money would also include Local Arts Development funding totalling £487,881 per annum, which contains commissioning for annual cultural events such as Birmingham Heritage Week and Black History Month.

While smaller Birmingham-based arts organisations will be commissioned to deliver projects for people with fewer opportunities to engage with culture, such as Culture On Our Doorstep for adults in their local communities, Next Generation for younger people and Cultural Leadership, including for residents from a culturally diverse background.

Cllr Jayne Francis, Cabinet Member for Digital, Culture, Heritage and Tourism, said: “It is vital that we invest in the city’s cultural offer alongside organisations such as the Arts Council, ensuring cultural activities are accessible and relevant to everyone.

“This is a golden decade of opportunity for the city and we are enabling Birmingham’s world-class arts sector to capitalise on that, by putting the talent in our city on a national and global stage.

The spend will include Local Arts Development funding, which contains commissioning for cultural events such as Black History MonthBHM Birmingham / Blackstory Partnership
The spend will include Local Arts Development funding, which contains commissioning for cultural events such as Black History Month

“Along supporting internationally known arts organisations and venues, this funding also supports local initiatives aimed at harnessing the power of culture to bring people together to celebrate the culture, heritage and stories of our city’s diverse communities.”

The existing revenue-funded organisations are: City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Birmingham Royal Ballet; Birmingham Repertory Theatre; B:Music (previously known as Performances Birmingham Ltd); Birmingham Opera Company; Ex Cathedra; FABRIC (formerly DanceXchange); IKON Gallery, and Sampad.

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