Yorkshire arts groups fear "flatlining levels of funding" are contributing to the decline of its rural communities.
Fifteen arts organisations wrote to Arts Council England ahead of the release of its new strategy to warn that only 2.5% of National Portfolio funding goes to rural areas. Rural organisations are also hobbled by deeper cuts to local authority budgets and lower levels of philanthropic giving compared to towns and cities, the organisations say.
Rural Arts Chief Executive told The Yorkshire Post that North Yorkshire communities "are so often expected to travel long distances to access high quality culture".
"This contributes not only to the demise of vibrant rural communities but creates access barriers, now that over 75 per cent of our buses have been cut, and has a significant carbon cost."