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15 times more invested in Arts in London than Midlands

Between 2010 and 2015 the Midlands saw the biggest fall in local authority funding to arts and culture in the country, with councils cutting cash many museums, theatres and galleries had relied on for decades.

But during that time a major review found that per person, 15 times more public money was invested into arts and culture in London than in the West Midlands. The Arts Council here says it's working to spread that money more fairly, but as local organisations struggle, some think the arts in the MIdlands still isn't getting its fair share. Here's Chris Halpin with the final part of our series, Culture Shock - the Future of our Arts.

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Could 'Culture Levy' on hotels help fund Birmingham arts?

A significant reboot - that's what's needed for the future of funding for arts and culture in Birmingham according to a report out today.

It's calling on greater collaboration and investment by businesses and universities as many cultural institutions struggle with funding after years of cuts from local government.

Ideas include organisations taking loans from businesses, borrowing on buildings, through to more radical ideas like Dragon's Den style pitches for particular arts money making ideas or putting a culture levy on hotel rooms.

Around 65 thousand people are employed in the sector in the Midlands, but without reform it's feared a lack of funding could put the region's world class culture at risk. Chris Halpin reports in the second part of our special series, Culture Shock: The Future of our Arts.

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East Midlands arts working hard to keep people healthy

The arts and cultural sector in the East Midlands employs 56,000 people and contributes tens of millions of pounds to the economy, but also to health and well being.

However over the last few nights we've been hearing how funding cuts to culture are presenting one of its biggest challenges yet.

In the final part of our special series Culture Shock: The Future of our Arts, Chris Halpin has been finding out how the arts really can change lives.

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15 times more invested in Arts in London than East Midlands

Between 2010 and 2015 national funding for arts and culture fell by 16.6%. Councils in the East Midlands also cut cash to many museums, theatres and galleries which they'd relied on for decades.

During that time a major review found that per person, 15 times more public money was invested into arts and culture in London than in the East Midlands.

The Arts Council says it's working to spread that money more fairly, but as local organisations struggle, some think arts and culture in the East Midlands is losing out. Chris Halpin reports.

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