Arts Council Funding Announcement and English National Ballet announces new fundraising initiatives.

March 30, 2011

Ballet, Ballet News, Press Releases

30 March 2011

Arts Council Funding Announcement and English National Ballet announces new fundraising initiatives.

ACE’s assessment of English National Ballet is excellent noting that “the organisation would contribute well to a national picture of funded organisations which is balanced across size, type, artform, geographical spread, diversity and contribution to our goals”.

Arts Council England has dealt fairly and diligently with a reduced settlement from DCMS. The top nine funded organisations have had equivalent funding reductions of (%) for 2012-15. For English National Ballet, this represents a cumulative reduction in funding against budget of approximately £2 million.

Whilst this will have an impact on English National Ballet, the Company remains committed to its core objectives of taking ballet of quality and scale to the widest possible audience and affordable prices.

As a key partner in ACE’s future delivery of Great Art for Everyone, English National Ballet will now work closely with ACE and partner organisations across the country.

Craig Hassall said

The message from government is that the arts should anticipate reduced funding. Whilst this is a disappointment, it also reflects the reality of the current economy. The challenge for English National Ballet is to develop other opportunities for revenue, to extend and nurture partnerships and to re-examine all areas of expenditure.”

English National Ballet is resilient and has recently seen its best selling Christmas Season for over 10 years, and a hugely successful Spring Season at the Coliseum which showcased a selection of new choreography, and existing masterpieces.

English National Ballet has also been featured on BBC Four in Agony & Ecstasy; A Year With English National Ballet which has been hugely popular with both TV audiences and the critics, proving that the nation is hungry for dance.

On 29 June English National Ballet will host its first Summer Fundraising Party at the Kensington Palace Orangery, Fundraising events like this form an integral part of our fundraising activity enabling us to deliver world-class classical ballet to the nation.

Two further initiatives are in response to Jeremy Hunt’s assertion that 2011 would be the ‘year of corporate philanthropy’, English National Ballet is launching Sponsor a Dancer which provides a platform for commercial opportunities such as brand exposure and PR; whilst Ballet Meets Business explores the parallels between business and the arts. If you’d like to know more about Ballet Meets Business then have a look at this beautifully shot short film highlighting one of the events, by talented film-maker & company Soloist Daniel Jones.

Collaborations within the arts are also allowing English National Ballet to retain its national profile. In 2012 English National Ballet will work with Scottish Ballet and Dance Company Wales to produce a large scale national touring commission culminating in a residency in East London. This project will feature a new work from each Company and will form part of the London 2012 celebrations representing three British nations through dance. 

In 2011 English National Ballet will perform its hugely popular show Strictly Gershwin at the Royal Albert Hall from 9 – 19 June, and showcase the work of ballet maestro Roland Petit in a season featuring Carmen at the London Coliseum from 21 – 24 July.

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