18th December 2018

Help Us Prevent Further Cuts To Birmingham Arts Organisations

LOVE CULTURE, HATE CUTS: Reverse the proposed cuts to cultural funding in the Birmingham City Council 2019 Budget.

Since 2010, most of Birmingham’s cultural organisations have faced cuts of around 80%. For Sampad, this has meant our grant from the city has been cut from £45,257 to £25,000 per year. The council’s proposal for further cuts in its funding of arts organisations could see our funding reduced to £12,500 per year.

We understand that in this current climate these are challenging times for a number of sectors, and difficult decisions are being made across the board.  However, the proposed cuts would have a huge impact on the whole of Birmingham’s cultural sector which makes a vital contribution to this city’s economy and reputation, benefitting hundreds of thousands of Birmingham residents each year.

Between 2016 -2018, Sampad has reached 3193 individuals through education and outreach programmes, and professional development opportunities, and our exhibitions and performance events have welcomed over 22,900 attendees. We hope to continue to programme a wide range of opportunities and events for the residents of Birmingham and beyond in 2019/2020.

The council’s budget plans are currently out for public consultation, and Birmingham’s arts organisations are working together on a campaign to reverse the proposed cuts.

You can help us by signing this petition by 31 December 2018.

We thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you for our Spring 2019 Season.