Cuts fear for future of West Midlands arts groups

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Black Country Touring members working with people in Sandwell

An arts group has said it fears for its future if government funding is drastically cut.

Black Country Touring, a theatre and dance group, is funded by the Arts Council England and local authorities.

A spokeswoman said if its funding was seriously cut, it would not be able to survive.

The arts council funding could be cut by up to 30 per cent. A spokeswoman for the Arts Council West Midlands said that could mean a funding cut of £13m.

Frances Land of Black Country Touring said the group was aware their funding would be cut next year.

"For us, it is a question of how severe these cuts are," she said.

"If they are severe, and fast, then clearly organisations like ours are not going to survive."

Ros Robbins of the Arts Council West Midlands said if the cuts were up to 30 per cent in the future then she dreaded to think how many arts organisations that would mean closure for.

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