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It is encouraging that &Co’s vital role has been recognised nationally, and we look forward to having strategic discussions with Arts Council England in the very near future to determine how we can continue to support the sector in the future.

&Co response to ACE funding cuts

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30 March 2011

&Co The cultural marketing house today learned that, following its recent application to Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Funding Programme, it will not receive core funding beyond 31 March 2012.  &Co discovered the news this morning, along with hundreds of other arts and cultural organisations across the country and is now reviewing the possibilities for its future. Specifically, &Co pledged to help organisations to develop their own sustainability through working collaboratively, harnessing digital innovation and by effectively using audience intelligence.  However, in light of today’s announcement, the proposed programme of work will need to be considerably scaled down.

Arts Council England (ACE) did acknowledge that &Co made a strong contribution to its goals and strongly meets its governance criteria, and its expertise was recognised nationally. ACE has decided that funding &Co through the National Portfolio Funding Programme would not be consistent with its emerging national approach to audience development agencies, and is now considering alternative funding approaches for audience development work nationally. &Co will be involved in strategic discussions with ACE imminently to determine the future direction of the organisation as soon as possible.

&Co was informed of the outcome of their application this morning, along with hundreds of other arts and cultural organisations across the country and is now reviewing possibilities for its future.  Any impact will not be immediate as &Co’s current funding is secure until the end of March 2012, and members and clients of &Co should expect full service and business as usual for the time being.  

During the coming weeks and months, &Co’s Board will lead an organisational review with a view to establishing next steps.  The primary aim will be to ensure that &Co continues to provide the most relevant support for arts and cultural organisations during this time, whilst considering options for both reducing costs and generating income.

Compared to many organisations, &Co is in a unique position, as unlike many charities, it has its own trading subsidiary, therefore, whilst it is likely that the other areas of the organisation will need to be reviewed, the print distribution arm of the business will continue to offer a full range of services.

Murray Anderson Wallace, Chair of &Co said of ACE’s decision:
“Whilst we are disappointed to hear that we have been unsuccessful in the National Portfolio Funding Programme, we're actively pursuing discussions with Arts Council England to confirm how &Co will continue to provide vital support for the sector. We'd like to congratulate all organisations that have been successful, and our thoughts are with our friends and colleagues in the sector who have received some less positive news today.”  

&Co’s Chief Executive, Alison Edbury also said:
“We are disappointed to have not been successful, especially considering the strength of our application, but we recognise the difficulty of the decisions that were faced by Arts Council England. It is encouraging that &Co’s vital role has been recognised nationally, and we look forward to having strategic discussions with Arts Council England in the very near future to determine how we can continue to support the sector in the future. We would like to demonstrate our continued support by working closely with organisations to ensure that the audience is at the heart of everything they do."