​Birmingham Royal Ballet reaction to Arts Council England standstill funding announcement

Following Arts Council England’s funding announcement on June 27, Birmingham Royal Ballet is happy to confirm that it has maintained its status as a National Portfolio Organisation, with standstill funding, for the funding period 2018-2022.

Jan Teo, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Chief Executive, commented:

"We were pleased that Arts Council England has decided to maintain our funding settlement for the next period. This decision indicates a comprehensive level of support for the work that Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia do to deliver great live dance and music across the country.”

The Arts Council’s commitment will help to support Birmingham Royal Ballet’s strategy and ongoing desire to reach an ever greater variety of people and places. Birmingham Royal Ballet aims to develop new audiences to achieve a mirrored diversity of the communities in which the Company works and performs. By working with its touring partners and venues, the Company seeks to interrogate its artistic programme and further develop its engagement and participation work to ensure that ballet remains relevant and accessible to all.

The Company plays a crucial leading role in the Dance Hub Partnership, which actively supports the sector to be resilient and sustainable by promoting opportunities for people of all ages, interests and backgrounds to engage with dance.

Birmingham Royal Ballet is very excited about its innovative new Ballet Now programme, and delighted that the Arts Council’s ongoing commitment recognises the value of investing in chorographers, composers and designers, giving them the opportunity to work on a far larger scale.

David Bintley, the Company’s Director, commented:

"In the 27 years that Birmingham Royal Ballet has made its home in Birmingham, the Company has built a clear identity and gained an international reputation. With the generous support of the Arts Council and our other partners, we have the ability to deliver new works from world-class creative talent to a wider and more diverse audience than ever before."