Manchester takes a lead with £7m arts funding
Local authority arts funding, whittled away by declining income for councils, has been given a fillip by Greater Manchester Council Authority’s announcement today of a £7m investment.
“Our creative industry in Greater Manchester is thriving, contributing £1.46 billion to our economy and continuing to grow” said Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham. “We must support this growth and make pathways to creative careers accessible to everyone by supporting the dedicated people and businesses that are using their talent and entrepreneurship to build our local economy.”
The money, from the Greater Manchester Culture and Social Impact Fund will be shared over two years by 28 organisations that will work with and in communities across Greater Manchester.
Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England, said the GMCA strategic investment supporting the ecology of the city region was “incredibly encouraging”.
“This significant investment, made in a challenging financial climate, demonstrates Greater Manchester’s understanding of how central culture can be in supporting all residents to live fulfilling lives” he said.
Image shows What is the City by the People?, Jeremy Deller’s event for Manchester International Festival, one of the benificiaries of Greater Manchester’s new arts investment. Credit Jon Souper.