Our round-up of some of the arts-related stories in the press during the past month.

1. Suffolk county council announces 100% cut to arts funding

Arts organisations have called on SCC to reconsider plans to permanently slash its core budget of £500,000 to the art and museum sector.

Organisations affected by the decision said the cut would make an “extremely modest difference” to the council’s overall finances but have a “huge impact” on communities across the county.

This is in the context of combined local authority funding for arts, theatres and museums predicted to be 6.3% down on last year, a real terms drop of £60m.

2. ACE extends National Portfolio to 2027

Arts Council England has announced that the 985 arts and culture organisations which make up it’s National Portfolio will be able to apply for an additional year of core funding. This is in response to ‘external challenges’ the sector is facing. 

ACE Chief Executive Darren Henley said: ‘We hope this will provide some certainty and security which will allow organisations to plan, look at new business models and increase collaboration’.

3. Is AI the future of classical music?

An article in POLYPHONY: The New Voice of Classical music, Melody Chan explores the very current issues presented by AI and whether it will undermine composers’ work in the future or help innovate compositions beyond human imagination. Read more

4. George Lloyd scores agreement

The Trustees of Lyrita Nimbus Arts (LNA) have reached an exclusive agreement with The George Lloyd Society (GLS) to take over the sale and hire of all George Lloyd’s scores held by the society as well as the commercial exploitation of the collection of recordings made by the society in the 1990s and conducted by the composer.

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