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Birmingham City Council has cut funding for arts organisations by 17 percent for 2011/12.

All major arts groups will receive significantly less money, and eleven smaller organisations will be cut off altogether.

Cabinet approved grants totalling £7.8m, which is a reduction of 17 percent from the 2010/2011 spending level of £9.4m.

The cuts are not across the board and vary for each organisation:

* Performances Birmingham (runs two major arts venues: Symphony Hall and Town Hall) - 23% funding cut in 2011/12
* City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - 9%
* Birmingham Royal Ballet - 18%
* Birmingham Repertory Theatre - 18%
* The Drum (national centre for Black British arts and culture, with a varied programme of events) - 9%
* Birmingham Opera Company - 15%
* Ikon (art gallery) - 15%
* DanceXchange (dance house) - 15%
* Ex Cathedra (Birmingham-based choir and Early Music ensemble) - 15%
* Sampad (development agency for South Asian arts) - 9%

Eleven smaller arts organisations have had their funding eliminated, although they will receive transitional funding in 2011/12 equivalent to half their respective 2010/11 funding:

* Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (contemporary music ensemble based at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham)
* Craftspace (crafts development organisation that runs a programme of touring exhibitions, research and participatory projects)
* Birmingham Jazz (development agency that presents contemporary jazz in Birmingham)
* Big Brum (theatre-in-education company that runs classes and programmes in Birmingham schools)
* Women & Theatre (theatre company)
* Sound it Out (social development agency that connects musicians with people who have little opportunity to make music)
* ACE Dance (contemporary dance company with African-Caribbean influences)
* Tindal Street Press (independent publisher of regional literary fiction)
* Stan’s Cafe (theatre company)
* Fierce (contemporary art festival)
* Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (artist-led charity that supports artists and runs exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations)

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