The Musicians’ Union is none-too-impressed by the arts cutbacks announced as part of UK Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget – discussion of which has dominated British politics throughout the last few months.
While some aspects of the new fiscal package were slightly less drastic than expected, there was very little cause for cheer amongst the UK’s publically-funded creative community, with the Arts Council set to face cuts of nearly 30% - 14% of those taking place in the first year.
In addition, the Government has warned that approximately 100 arts organisations will lose all funding as it seeks to address the budget deficit that has dominated debate in UK politics throughout 2010.
John Smith, MU general secretary, commented: “We all knew that cuts were coming, but funding cuts of 14% in the first year means that many organisations will really find it difficult to survive. We would have preferred to see the cuts spread out over a longer period of time to give the arts time to adjust. The MU has consistently argued that, at a time when the economy is struggling, it is illogical to cut an industry that has consistently maintained growth - every £1 invested in the arts produces £2.”
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