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Royal Opera House to continue receiving government investment until 2022

Chief Executive Alex Beard responds to announcement from Arts Council England which amounts to 3% cut in funding.

By Alex Beard (Chief Executive)

27 June 2017 at 11.00am | 1 Comment

Arts Council England announced today that the Royal Opera House will continue to receive government investment in our work although we will receive a reduction in our grant, as expected.

The cut amounts to 3% in cash terms in 2018/19 (6% in real terms) with standstill funding for the next three years. This is the amount we applied for appreciating that Arts Council England needs to prioritize support for culture outside of London at a time when there are significant pressures on Local Authority spending on the arts.

Whilst this undoubtedly presents us with some challenges ahead, we will continue to be bold and ambitious in our commitment to putting on the very best of ballet and opera, and to enabling as many people as possible to participate in our work not only in Covent Garden but all over the country.

ACE have also confirmed that they will continue to support ROH Bridge which works with schools and other arts organizations across Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and North Kent.

It’s great to see ACE investing in a wide range of organizations. I’m particularly pleased to see new funding for companies such as hip-hop dance theatre company ZooNation, who we worked with on our production of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Aakash Odedra, choreographer of Sukanya, whose company Leicester Dance Theatre joins the National Portfolio.

Providing a solid foundation for our work, Arts Council England investment is complemented by other sources of income. The quality, breadth and reach of all that we do across the country is only possible through your support as ticket buyers, Patrons, Friends and philanthropists. Last year you made voluntary contributions of £27m and every donation, however large or small, makes a huge difference and I would like to thank all of you who give.

By Alex Beard (Chief Executive)

27 June 2017 at 11.00am

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged Arts Council, funding, National Portfolio Organization, NPO

This article has 1 comment

  1. C. Maeder responded on 21 July 2017 at 4:40pm Reply

    The support of the arts is still very poor in the UK. Look at Germany and France. London can just about support two Opera Houses,with a few around the UK. Germany has over 100 Opera Houses and France almost as many all supported by the state with huge amounts of cash.

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