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Funding (Theatres)

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding has been made available to theatre companies in the East Midlands in each year between 1998 and 2005. (96110)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not fund the arts directly, but through Arts Council England, who are responsible for distributing public money from Government.

The Arts Council of England merged with the regional arts boards in 2002-03. It is not possible to provide reliable funding figures for theatre in the East Midlands prior to this date.

Arts Council England, East Midlands regular funding for theatre organisations

£000

2002-03

3,280

2003-04

4,295

2004-05

4,522

2005-06

4,734

In addition, since 2003-04 Arts Council England, East Midlands has allocated over £2.6 million to 169 organisations and individuals through their Grants for the arts funding scheme.