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Birmingham and the West Midlands can be proud of its rich, vibrant and resilient arts and culture sector. We, the organisations and individuals that create and present this offer, are continuing to welcome audiences, work with communities, and support artists in Birmingham, the West Midlands, the UK and internationally.

The arts and cultural sector in Birmingham has proven its stability. In 2010, Birmingham City Council's arts investment stood at £9.7 million, it is currently £2.9 million a year; in the same timeframe the council's museums grant has decreased by a third. Since 2010 we have worked hard to secure additional investment and to employ innovative business models. This is in partnership with Birmingham City Council and others including Arts Council England, the West Midlands Combined Authority, trusts, foundations, national lottery funders, higher education institutions and the private sector.

Birmingham City Council's continued support and relationship with the complex ecology of organisations, artists and cultural assets in Birmingham is invaluable, and crucial to the region's future growth. We look forward to working with Birmingham City Council, incoming commissioners, and wider stakeholders to ensure that the venues, artists, communities, major events and festivals of Birmingham continue to contribute to the vibrant cultural and economic life of the city and region.

B:Music is a critical part of Birmingham’s cultural sector. Symphony Hall and Town Hall host hundreds of concerts each year, including those by our resident orchestra the CBSO. Our learning and participation work connects with schools and communities across the region, and our talent development programmes nurture the musical stars of the future. We employ hundreds of people directly, and support employment through our many partner organisations.

B:Music looks to working with all of our partners as BCC navigates the challenges ahead and we are grateful for the support of audiences and our community of stakeholders.

B:Music, Culture Central, its members and affiliates

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