Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Wed 13 Apr 2011

    Art Fund Increases Spending by 50%

    The Art Fund, which currently distributes £4.5m annually, will increase its funding to £7m a year.

    It said the move was in response "to the severe financial pressures facing most institutions".

    The charity has given more than £24m to 248 museums over the past five years through grants and fundraising.

    The Art Fund also announced its plans to develop and expand its funding programme.

    It said it would run more public fundraising campaigns to save art at risk of being lost from UK collections, such as its recent £6m Brueghel and Staffordshire Hoard campaigns.

    The charity has also formed a new partnership with the National Gallery to offer funded curatorial traineeships in two regional museums.

    Tate director Nicholas Serota said: "I applaud the bold commitment of the Art Fund at a time when so many funding bodies are reducing their support for museums.

    "If our museums are to thrive, we must continue to grow and develop our collections."

    The Art Fund also relaunched its membership card - which will now be known as the National Art Pass - offering free or discount admission to more than 200 museums and galleries.

    Article courtesy of The BBC Web Site

  • Mon 11 Apr 2011

    Some of the UK's leading actors have gathered in London to protest against the recent round of Arts cuts.

    Sir Patrick Stewart, Penelope Wilton and Samuel West are among the stars who have signed and delivered a petition to Downing Street calling for a "coherent" arts policy.

    Last week, more than 200 organisations lost out on annual funding from Arts Council England.

    Sir Patrick told the BBC he felt the cuts were "unnecessary".

    The petition asks the government for an "arts summit" involving funding bodies and artists to give the industry a clear direction.

    "We don't know what policy exists," said Sir Patrick. "We know that we represent part of British culture, which is a massive success. It seems as though we're just adrift."

    Some 695 groups will get funding for 2012 to 2015 - down from 849 - while 110 new groups have been successful.

    West said the arts industry was the "second most profitable sector in Britain" and it was important funding continued to keep the sector going.

    "It ain't broke, so don't fix it, a £100 million cut to a £450 million budget is not minor," he added.

    "We want a government funded Arts Council that allows us to be as successful as we are at the moment and continue to play our part in paying for hospital beds. We're profitable. We want to continue to be.

    "I would accept the need for cuts if they were equal across sectors but I don't think banks are paying their due."

    Courtesy of the BBC web site

  • Mon 11 Apr 2011

    MAS records backs a new school at Bromsgrove's Artrix

    School of rock logo Join My Band is open to anyone aged 12-18

    A new rock school at the Artrix in Bromsgrove is being backed by a Worcestershire-based record company.

    MAS records, based at Kidderminster college and have rock legend Robert Plant as a patron, will give expert advice at the workshops.

    The aim is to give talented youngsters the skills they will need in order to get their first break.

    The workshops are led by Scott Garrett, a tutor with extensive experience in the rock music industry.

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    Robert Plant Robert Plant has been a patron of MAS since it launched

    Scott Garrett says the workshops will help young musicians to get started: "They're kind of aimed at people who are not yet in a band - maybe they've been playing in their bedroom for six months."

    The first workshop is on Sunday, April 10, and will show youngsters how to network with others to form a band, and also teach live performance skills and outline some of the ins and outs of the business.

    The second workshop is on Sunday, May 1, and will look at song-writing, securing gigs and performing rights.

    Each full-day workshop will culminate in a studio gig to showcase what the participants have achieved.

    More details are available from TC Peppercorn, Artrix Education & Outreach Co-Ordinator on 01527 572707.

    Article courtesy of The BBC Web Site 25th March 2011

  • Tue 22 Mar 2011
    We're pleased to announce that Bromsgrove Arts Alive has a new web site. It should make it easier for us to add to and edit its contents, as we're assured that it uses some of the latest "content management software", called Drupal.
  • Tue 1 Mar 2011

    As you may know, the recent Comprehensive Spending Review left local councils facing an average cut of 28%. The non-statutory status of local funding for cultural services has meant that the arts sector is left vulnerable to bear the brunt of these cuts.

    Unfortunately last month, Somerset County Council became the first local authority to announce that it was axing all of its arts funding. Not only has this signalled a cultural decline for the county itself it has also sets precedent for other local authorities. Darlington and Rochdale have followed.

    To prevent lasting damage being done to the arts, I Value the Arts has given supporters in affected areas relevant and useful information about plans for the arts in their community with practical suggestions about how they can make a difference. Of course, the more signatories we have, the more people there are to take action. Find out more about what you can do at www.ivaluethearts.org.uk