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Opera: Finance

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the highest award is that the Arts Council for England granted to an amateur operatic society in each of the last five years. (171919)

The figures are as follows:

Amateur operatic society

Grant (£)

2003-04

Dorset Opera

5,000

2004-05

Opera in the Orchard

4,840

2005-06

Dorset Opera

5,000

2006-07

Opera Minima

5,000

2007-08 (to November 2007)

Dorset Opera

9,000

Applicant organisations self-define their status as amateur or professional on the Arts Council's application form.