StAnza under threat from proposed budget cuts

Sunday 9 February 2014

These are difficult financial times for everyone, and Fife Council meet this week on 13th February to make hard decisions on proposed budget cuts for the next few years.

StAnza has always been very grateful to Fife Council for their support, which has helped the festival to deliver successful festivals each year. However this week our councillors will be voting on proposals which contain very bad news for StAnza and other Fife cultural festivals for 2015 beyond. It is proposed that the Strategic Events fund from which we receive money should be significantly cut. This doesn't affect this year's festivals, but it would affect festivals in further years.

If the proposed cuts are approved by the council this week, StAnza has been told that it may receive no funding from Fife Council in 2015.

We all understand that cuts are never welcome, and that these are not easy decisions for the councillors. However the cuts proposed to the Strategic Events Investment Fund will only provide a tiny saving for the council’s whole budget cuts, about a half of one percent, but if approved this tiny cut will have huge impact for StAnza and other festivals in Fife, not just because of the reduction in money from Fife Council, but because of the impact of this on grants we receive from other funders.

As well as the many cultural and educational benefits which StAnza provides, like other cultural festivals StAnza has a substantial economic impact in Fife, which positive economic impact is also under threat from the proposed cuts. It is estimated that every £1 contributed by Fife Council to cultural festivals generates spending of £36 across Fife.

If you live in Fife and think the proposed cuts to the Strategic Events Investment Fund would be a bad thing, please let your own councillor know. If you do not know who your councillor is, you can find out via your postcode here: http://ow.ly/trtOB

More detailed information about the proposed cuts can be found at http://publications.1fife.org.uk/uploadfiles/publications/leisure_saving...

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