Arts Funding Information
We have heard today that Somerset County Council’s Cabinet will be meeting on Monday 1 November to discuss a budget proposal to stop ALL funding for the Arts in Somerset as from 2011/12. Decisions will be ratified at a full council meeting on the 10th November.
We want as many people as possible, not just those of us working in the arts, to be aware of this. As the information has only just be announced, no formal campaign strategy has been devised yet. And there’s not much time. In the first instance, we suggest the following:
Encourage people to attend the meeting on Monday 1st November at 10am at The Taunton Conference Centre on the Somerset College Campus, Taunton - artists, practitioners, supporters, audiences, participants – as many as possible. Those that can’t get in can mill around outside prior to 10am – maybe convene at 9.15am or earlier with banners, flags, stilt-walking etc. as councillors arrive. Having a big presence is crucial. Parking isn’t good so be prepared – please see attached information. We will try to let you know as soon as we can if something is organised - where to meet, what time etc
Questions can be asked by the public at the beginning of the meeting. There is a protocol for asking questions – requests have to be made in advance of the day – please see attached information. This is key.
Contact SCC Conservative cabinet members – the revised list of 6 is below - before the meeting. Write to them, email them, phone them. Their contact details are attached.
Contact other conservative politicians in the same way, there are 30 or so: their details are on the SCC website. Don’t just rely on email.
Come up with your own key messages from your own perspectives to illustrate the benefits of arts funding public guidance notes and meeting location plan 1 Nov 2010.pdfSCC.Cabinet_Members.doc
Put the news on your websites, facebook, twitter etc etc – rally as much support as you can.
We are living in unprecedented times and urgent action is required. We’ll let you know any more information when we can.
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