It has emerged through a Scotland on Sunday investigation that the institution was awarded £500k from the Sackler Trust – the grant-making body for the Sackler family, which has come under increasing criticism for its links to the opioid crisis in the US. Green MSP Ross Greer said organisations benefiting from Sackler Trust grants “should return those donations or otherwise work to ensure justice is delivered for opioid victims”.
The BBC says the orchestra’s live performances for the long-standing Radio 2 show, Friday Night is Music Night, will be reduced as the broadcaster seeks to cut costs. The Corporation says the future of the ensemble itself is not under threat.
University of Liverpool’s new £20.5m Arts and Humanities Centre will include lecture theatres, state-of-the-art facilities for music students and a 400-seat auditorium, open to the public, with capacity for a 70-piece orchestra.
The operator will no longer be able to lease the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s New Town building after the charity decided to stage its own programme of events instead. The move follows the release of a report outlining tough conditions and low pay for C Venues staff, and Edinburgh University’s recent decision to strip the operators of the right to use another venue, Adam House.
La Scala’s decision to appoint the current Saudi Arabian Culture Minister to the board has been described by some board members as “unscrupulous”. The venue’s Chief Executive says the appointment will bring the organisation €15m over the next five years.
The Drum intercultural arts centre in Aston is among the venues Birmingham City Council has sold off as it seeks to address budget cuts and pay for a swathe of redundancies, an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in collaboration with BirminghamLive has revealed.
Aberdeen Arts Centre, Peacock Visual Arts and the Look Again and Sound festivals are among those warning that the City Council’s planned budget cuts – which would mean some organisations losing 100% of their funding – are “potentially devastating” to grassroots arts.