On Thursday 19 December, The Birmingham Post published a story about funding allocated to Birmingham arts organisations, including Ex Cathedra, from April 2014 until March 2016. From April next year, we will receive £47,500 per year in funding. This compares to our award of over £72,000 in April 2010 and £60,500 for the current year.
We are of course very grateful for the continued support of Birmingham City Council in what remains an extremely challenging period for local authorities across the country.
This fundingl is incredibly important in supporting our work and particularly in enabling us to bring in the rest of our income. It will now represent only 6% of our total annual income, with another 6% coming from the Arts Council. Each £1 public money invested therefore generates a further £8 for the city’s economy. It enables us to reach around 77,000 Birmingham residents through our concerts and education projects, and at least as many people again across the rest of the country.
However, it is a funding cut of more than 20% from the current year and comes two years after a similarly large cut, reducing our annual funding from Birmingham City Council by a total of £24,500 since April 2011. Arts Council funding has also fallen during this period.
That gives us a very considerable amount of extra money for us to find each year and we need your help now more than ever if we are to continue giving ambitious concerts in Birmingham. You can help today by making a donation either online through our Just Giving page, or by downloading our Host of Angels leaflet.
Please give as generously as you can your help really makes a difference. Be an Angel today!