Jan McNulty Posted January 19, 2013 Share Posted January 19, 2013 http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/jan/16/arts-council-opera-eno-loss Bruce included a link to the above article in links. Aileen (at post #61 in the ENB Sleeping Beauty thread: http://www.balletcoforum.com/index.php?/topic/2091-enb-sleeping-beauty/page__st__60#entry31284) had queried whether the ENO deficit would affect ENB. The article is primarily about the ENO loss but there is more to concern ballet (and opera) lovers contained within the body: "At a time when public funding is on the wane (the Art's Council's grant was reduced by 30% at the last comprehensive spending review) there is increased pressure on the opera companies to find ways to operate more economically, including sharing resources." For opera companies I think we can assume that the Arts Council means opera and ballet companies. The concept of sharing resources is not new but it is hard to envisage how, for example, sharing artistic resources would work. Some years ago there was an attempt by the Arts Council of Scotland to enforce the sharing of an orchestra by Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera. How they ever thought this would work is beyond me when both companies toured at the same time. What other resources are there to be shared. The obvious one, in any business not just the arts world, is "common services" such as back office resources. Within an arts organisation how would this work when the sharing organisations are not co-located? Specifically in respect of ENO, I was under the impression that that organisation owned the Coliseum. Will its financial difficulties affect not only ENB but other ballet companies such as BRB that have engagements there? Are any profits from operating the Coliseum ploughed back into ENO? Many questions and no answers. Another worrying few months ahead for opera and ballet lovers. What does anyone else think? 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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