Birmingham Royal Ballet reaction to Arts Council 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.”

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: "Birmingham Royal Ballet has an international reputation for excellence, producing great dance that inspires people across its home city and the rest of the world. The company plays an important part in Birmingham's cultural life, and over the next four years it will be great to see our funding creating new opportunities for more people to be inspired by classical ballet."

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 Birmingham 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 choreographers, 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.”

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Arts Council Funding Facts
In 2018/2022, the Arts Council grant to Birmingham Royal Ballet will be £7,891,000 per year (or £31,564,000 across the funding period).

In 2016/2017 season, Birmingham Royal Ballet performed to over 185,000 people in Birmingham (9 weeks of 4 programmes), Plymouth (2 weeks), Sunderland (2 weeks), Salford (2 weeks), London (1 week), Southampton (1 week), Bristol (1 week) Durham, York, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Poole and Truro.

Birmingham Royal Ballet
Based at Birmingham Hippodrome since 1990, Birmingham Royal Ballet is the United Kingdom’s leading classical ballet touring company performing a range of traditional, classical and heritage ballets as well as ground-breaking new works with the aim of encouraging choreographers of the future.

The company’s Director is the award-winning David Bintley, CBE, Chief Executive is Jan Teo and Music Director is Koen Kessels. Birmingham Royal Ballet performs at Birmingham Hippodrome for approximately ten weeks of the year and the remainder of the year tours throughout the United Kingdom and overseas.

The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Britain's busiest ballet orchestra, playing for Birmingham Royal Ballet's wide-ranging programme in the UK and abroad. The Sinfonia also plays frequently for The Royal Ballet and many of the world's other leading ballet companies, including regular performances with; The Royal Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Kirov, Norwegian Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and La Scala Ballet.