Love culture, hate cuts #BrumBudget19

Since 2010 most of Birmingham’s main cultural organisations have already faced cuts of around 80%. Birmingham City Council is currently consulting the public on a budget for 2019-20 that proposes a further cut of nearly 50% in their grants to arts and cultural organisations.

The proposed cuts would have a huge impact on Birmingham’s cultural sector which makes a vital contribution to this city’s economy and reputation, benefiting hundreds of thousands of Birmingham residents each year.

The work of all the organisations facing these cuts reaches out into the communities of the city with powerful effect and influence, directly supporting social and community engagement. The cuts proposed put these vital projects at risk.

Birmingham has relied on the investment, vitality and development of these cultural organisations in the regeneration of the city, including the successful 2022 Commonwealth Games bid. This regeneration will only be successful if the cultural organisations that animate and activate this city are able to thrive.

Ex Cathedra has already suffered an 80% reduction in funding from Birmingham City Council and our funding currently stands at just £15,000.

Over the last few years we have taken steps to adapt our business model. Last year only 9% of our income came from public funding (including our Arts Council England funding), but we reached live audiences of over 80,000 people, a similar number online, and we directly engaged over 40,000 children and adults in singing sessions in schools and hospitals across the city and further afield.

Culture in the city has suffered enough.

Please help us by sending a clear message to Birmingham City Council to remove the proposed cuts from the 2019+ budget and work with the sector to realise the exciting and extraordinary power of the culture in our city.


There are four ways you can help.

1. You can sign the petition jointly created by the arts organisations. This is the quickest and easiest way to help, it takes just a few seconds.

2. You can write to the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Ian Ward: Councillor Ian Ward
Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB

3. Attend the public meeting and express your support for the arts. On 19 December there is a public meeting at the Council House which will give members of the public the option to provide feedback on all of the council’s budget plans – you can raise your support of arts and culture at this forum. Find out more. Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet will also be discussing the budget during a live webcast on Thursday 20 December.
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4. Complete and return a postcard. You will find them at our concerts.

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