31 Mar '17, 4am

Some arts groups to get funding cuts this year

The National Arts Council (NAC) has prioritised traditional arts companies and groups in the earlier stages of growth in its 2017 funding cycle, announced on March 31, while cutting funding for some groups. A total of $16.34 million has been committed by the NAC for both the Major Company and Seed Grant schemes this year. This is up from the $16.2 million awarded last year. However, some groups would experience a drop in funding of less than 10 per cent, according to the NAC, "in light of budget reduction across the government and the growth in the number of deserving recipients over the years". The arts council did not name the companies whose funding was cut, but theatre company The Finger Players confirmed its funding has dropped by about 10 per cent this year. Company director Chong Tze Chien, 41, said: "Most of the arts groups were expecting this. Because of the econo...

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