Arts Council England threatens funding cuts over lack of diversity

A Ballet Black performance © Bill Cooper The Guardian

Arts organisations and museums in England are being warned they will lose public funding unless they meet ‘stretching’ targets to create and attract more diverse workforces and audiences.

An annual report from Arts Council England (ACE) paints what its chair, Sir Nicholas Serota, called ‘a disappointing picture’ when it comes to diversity, a year after he said many organisations were ‘treading water’.

ACE has been publishing diversity data for five years but has often been accused of merely talking instead of taking strong action. The language this year is significantly more robust.

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Header photo: A Ballet Black performance last year. Dance has the highest proportion of BME employees, at 18%. Photograph: Bill Cooper/Guardian 

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