Birmingham ensemble hit by cuts
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group to lose local council funding. One of Britains leading new music ensembles, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group BCMG, is one of the big-name casualties of local authority arts cuts that are hitting some parts of the country. From 2012 Birmingham City Council is withdrawing all the funding it provides to the ensemble, amounting to nearly £72,000 a year.BCMGs artistic director Stephen Newbould said the Councils decision would have a critical impact on the ensembles performance and education programme, and composer Oliver Knussen, BCMGs artist in association, described the cut as devastating.Just days after the cuts were confirmed, the award-winning ensemble received another prize for its work, with Stephen Newbould and general manager Jackie Newbould winning the Royal Philharmonic Societys Leslie Boosey Award for their contribution to contemporary classical music.
via The Strad – Birmingham ensemble hit by cuts – 22 December 2010.