The Bowes Museum recieves major partner funding from ACE

ACE to pass on cuts to museums

Rebecca Atkinson, 06.01.2014
DCMS cuts ACE's grant-in-aid
Arts Council England (ACE) has confirmed it will pass on cuts of 1.17% in 2014/15 and 1.13% in 2015/16 following the chancellor’s Autumn Statement last month.

George Osborne announced the cuts, which are equivalent to a £13m reduction next year and £12m the following year, to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) budget in December.  

In a statement, Alan Davey, chief executive of the arts council, said DCMS would pass its cut on to ACE in full through a reduction of its grant-in-aid.

“The majority of the grant-in-aid money we receive is invested in the National portfolio and Major Partner museums, so in 2014/15 we will pass these cuts onto the organisations we fund,” Davey added.

The reduction is further to the 5% received in the June Spending Review.

Davey said: "We know that these additional cuts will put added financial pressure on the sector at a time when local authority spending is also causing considerable challenges for arts and culture organisations.

"We will continue to work with the sector through these difficult economic times and to focus on creating the best possible environment for an innovative and resilient arts landscape across England.

"In 2015/16 we will look to protect the budget for funded organisations and will instead reduce our strategic budgets – the investments we make to support the wider development of arts organisations and audiences across the country."

Mark Taylor, director of the Museums Association, said: “It’s a fine balance between the arts council supporting the organisations it funds and ensuring its own future. But ACE has already been stretched to the limits, so I’m not surprised it’s passed these cuts on.”