Arts Council England has issued a statement saying that they plan to commission analysis to help them shape future investment in opera and music theatre in the UK.
The move comes following the backlash from last November’s funding announcement, which cut funding to a number of arts organisations, including English National Opera.
Last week it was announced that English National Opera would get a one year reprieve from a total funding cut for their London operation, getting £11.5 million for the next financial year.
The statement issued today by Arts Council England says:
At the Arts Council we have a single 10-year strategy, Let’s Create, which shapes all our investment and development decisions. We will not therefore develop separate artform or sub-artform strategies.
But as the national development agency for creativity and culture, for the past few months we have been planning to commission an independent piece of analysis, designed to focus on consideration of opera and music theatre in relation to Let’s Create.
This analysis will help us shape our future investment in opera and music theatre and to develop a shared understanding with the sector of the challenges and opportunities currently faced by it.
We will share further details of this work later in the Spring.