The MP for Chesham and Amersham is concerned over the effect of the proposed relocation of the English National Opera (ENO) from London to Manchester.
It was recently announced that ENO will no longer receive funding from Arts Council England (ACE). However, if they relocate to Manchester, ACE will provide the institution with £17million over the next three years.
Sarah Green, MP for Chesham and Amersham, is concerned over the impact this could have on creatives in the local area.
Speaking in the House of Commons, she said: “ACE’s decision to stop funding the ENO in London, and effectively demand it relocates to Manchester, will leave hundreds of talented artists and professionals either out of work or forced to uproot their lives.
“Some of them live in my constituency and are understandably devastated by the decision they now face but they also feel blindsided, given they had very little warning.
“Can the Minister tell me whether the artists directly impacted by the removal of ENO funding were consulted in advance of the decision and if not, why not?”
Responding, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism, Heritage and Civil Society Stuart Andrew MP said: “I know that ACE has taken a considerable amount of time to look at the unprecedented number of applications that were received, more than 1,700 of them, and they have assessed them very carefully.
“They are making sure that there is £12.6million available in transition funding for those that will be leaving.
“The time has been increased from three months to seven months so that there is support for them for up to 12 months, but we would encourage ACE and ENO to continue the dialogue that they’re having.”
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