No pain no gain for Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations

The DCMS cuts to the arts budget over the next two years will be passed on to all Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations.

A reduction in funding of 1% in the year 2013/14 and 2% in the year 2014/15 will be issued across the board to enable Arts Council England to achieve the £11.6m reduction in spending required by the Government during the current 3-year spending budget. And worryingly further cuts may be announced during 2013 making the situation for the arts very challenging.

Read more at Arts Professional NPOs to share budget cut pain and The Stage coverage of further cuts

We are acutely aware that tools such as MyCake’s Culture Benchmark have the potential to change how arts and culture organisations approach their mission for overall sustainability. The benchmarking tools: Culture Benchmark and our free benchmark for regularly funded organisations allow culture professionals to look in detail at their organisation’s data across the board.

We also have a FREE Charity Benchmark tool for organisations to research current UK charity data held.

We know change can be difficult at the best of times but really it is now more vital than ever for organisation’s to call on their staff to lead the way. We are very happy to talk to organisations about how they can get started with benchmarking and make the most of their extensive data.

With support arts and culture organisations can very clearly demonstrate relevance to a variety of stakeholders and articulate the value of what they do.

We’re also working with the voluntary sector’s BIG Assist programme and hope to share learnings from our work on the blog soon…

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