We are grateful to receive continued standstill support from Arts Council England towards our arts programme, at what is a difficult time both for arts organisations and for those responsible for making funding decisions to accommodate the significant reductions in budgets.
In the past four years, we have demonstrated excellent return for ACE’s £2.95m investment as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). In 2016 we welcomed over 1,000,000 visits to our multi-art form venue, this an increase in visitor numbers of 32% since 2012.
Arts Council’s strategic goals are those at the heart of mac’s own ethos, as they have been for more than 50 years. We deliver handsomely to these goals and enable more and more artists to attain them by recognising ourselves and our partners as part of a thriving artistic ecology. mac connects audiences with artists, works in diverse communities and invests in sustained partnerships locally, regionally and internationally. In return we offer not just artistic opportunities for young and old, mac also delivers an economic impact in the local and regional economy exceeding £14m per year.
We are delighted to learn that a significant number of new Birmingham based arts organisations are to receive regularly funded support from Arts Council England, many of whom we ourselves support and nurture so together we can continue to encourage growth, experimentation and excellence in artistic practice.
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: 'mac plays an important part in Birmingham's cultural life, and we're thrilled to be supporting their work over the next four years. It will be great to see them continue to deliver a programme of performing and visual arts and increase opportunities for children and young people, as well as creating new digital work that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from across the city and beyond.'