Hello dear readers and welcome to another round up of all the news from the business that is show which, if you believe some folk, is the thing people do before they get a "proper job".
Pirates of the Low Seas
Arts Professional reported, just yesterday as it happens, that Arts Council England has set aside a staggering £500,000 to pay staff on "sabbatical" from the funding monolith. Many of those on "sabbatical" are in fact set to lose their jobs in the coming months as part of ACE's restructuring effort to
pander to, appease the DCMS;
"Almost £500,000 has been earmarked in Arts Council England's (ACE) 2012 accounts to cover 20 staff sabbaticals, costing the funder an average of £24,400 each. AP's Freedom of Information request to the Arts Council has revealed that nine staff are taking paid sabbaticals between January and June this year, seven of whom will not be returning to the organisation and are due to be made redundant on 30 June as part of ACE's programme of cuts."
A nice payoff if you can get it!
From The Stage comes the news that another theatre has gone into administration because absolutley nobody thought they needed money to operate. the Brewhouse in Taunton, Somerset had lost its funding from ACE years ago then Somerset County Council piled on in 2010 along with cuts of 25% from Taunton Deane Borough Council.
Taking all of that into account its probably a miracle that they lasted as long as they did after ACE pulled the plug. Apparently the leader of Somerset County Council announced the cut by saying "The party is over". What a charmer he must be!
If you're reading this story after the first one, which would be completely logical, then feel free to step outside for a moment or two of quiet reflection before continuing with your day.
In The Red
The now doomed Byre Theatre in St. Andrews, Scotland is going under in spectacular fashion with debts of almost £500,000 reports The Scotsman. Despite all evidence to the contrary the people running the place denied they had been spending money like drunken sailors
It was due to run out of money within weeks, despite substantial financial backing from both Fife Council and Creative Scotland in recent years. After news of the closure emerged, the Byre's board admitted that the venue had been struggling to meet its running costs.
The amount of debt the theatre had was only 10 times less than the amount of money spent refurbishing the place to begin with. If anybody wants to do a Cleopatra joke, (you know, Queen of De Nile), then take a number and get in line!
Alistair Gentry, in the Guardian, was waxing lyrical, or at least waxing, about the futility of spending huge sums of money on shiny new buildings but forgetting to actually fund the art that you're supposed to put in them.
"Salaried curators are still palpably bored by any artists except the ones they already know and were probably educated alongside in the first place. They still whinge that if they started looking for interesting art they don't already know about, then they'd do nothing else all day (hint: it's your job)."
As many in the arts world said, almost as one, "where the hell have you been dude?" he continued as if he couldn't hear them with a reasoned destruction of infrastructure policy. Reading the stories above you just know he's right, right?
[ Source: The Gaurdian ] (tip of the hat to Lewis Major for that one)
The Week in Tweets
Following the calamity of the Brewhouse closure we decided to have some fun with ACE via the Twittersphere.
Their response was, of course, to say nothing.
Have a nice weekend!