'Business as usual' for music charity, despite missing out on funding

Darlington and Stockton Times: 'Business as usual' for music charity, despite missing out on funding 'Business as usual' for music charity, despite missing out on funding

THE director of one of the region’s biggest music events and premier music studios has said it is ‘business as usual’ despite missing out on Arts Council funding.

The Tees Music Alliance (TMA) which organises the annual Stockton Weekender project, has received £100,000 a year from the Arts Council since 2012 - which will stop from next year.

But TMA director, Paul Burns, said there were still “exciting plans” for the future and it was business as usual.

“Our current Arts Council funding is secured until April 2015 and forms just one part of a much wider set of plans that we've been developing for some time," he said.

"A lot of what we’re planning we're not ready to speak about just yet; but it's all good stuff. It is not so much a ‘difficult’ time, just a very busy one.”

A spokeswoman for the Arts Council said the organisation would continue talks with TMA.

Stockton Borough Council, which supports Stockton Weekender, revealed it had given TMA £72,000 towards running costs but, more significantly, it has provided temporary financial support to help book big acts for Stockton Weekender, something it does every year.

Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, added: “As Tees Music Alliance is a small charity dealing with high profile acts, there is always a requirement to pay deposits to contractually book the artists and these booking deposits are paid well ahead of any income being generated.

“The council provides advance funds to enable the event to operate and the council’s contribution is reimbursed following the event.”

This year’s Stockton weekender is July 26/27 with headline acts Public Enemy and the Happy Mondays. Ticket prices vary. Call 01642-606525 or log on to stocktonweekender.co.uk

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7:28pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Libertarian Party (North) says...

Should Stockton Borough Council be involved in Arts, Leisure or Culture in the first place?

Many people struggle to pay their Council Tax bills, and cannot avail themselves of art galleries, leisure facilities, theatres or concerts, and those who can afford to do so should not expect to be subsidised by those who cannot, or those who have other priorities.

There is a serious need for the Stockton Borough Council and Central Government in these straightened times to do what the rest of us have been forced to do for the past 6 years - cut their cloth according to our means.

The economy is healthy when demand is high. Demand is only high when we have disposable money in our pockets to spend on things which are beyond the basic necessities.

Excessive tax, and political bodies that squander tax receipts on luxuries, cause and aggravate economic downturns.

If our political servants were truly working for us and the greater good of the citizens of this Borough, they would cut out the functions not necessary for survival just as we individuals have done, cut the level of Council Tax to reflect the removal of unnecessary expenditure, and thus allow everyone to spend more of their own money on what they think is important to themselves.

Local businesses would thrive, countless jobs would be created, and our local economy would boom according to the natural law of the free market which constantly adjusts itself slightly, as opposed to the boom and bust cycle caused by State interference in it.

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Should Stockton Borough Council be involved in Arts, Leisure or Culture in the first place? Many people struggle to pay their Council Tax bills, and cannot avail themselves of art galleries, leisure facilities, theatres or concerts, and those who can afford to do so should not expect to be subsidised by those who cannot, or those who have other priorities. There is a serious need for the Stockton Borough Council and Central Government in these straightened times to do what the rest of us have been forced to do for the past 6 years - cut their cloth according to our means. The economy is healthy when demand is high. Demand is only high when we have disposable money in our pockets to spend on things which are beyond the basic necessities. Excessive tax, and political bodies that squander tax receipts on luxuries, cause and aggravate economic downturns. If our political servants were truly working for us and the greater good of the citizens of this Borough, they would cut out the functions not necessary for survival just as we individuals have done, cut the level of Council Tax to reflect the removal of unnecessary expenditure, and thus allow everyone to spend more of their own money on what they think is important to themselves. Local businesses would thrive, countless jobs would be created, and our local economy would boom according to the natural law of the free market which constantly adjusts itself slightly, as opposed to the boom and bust cycle caused by State interference in it. Liam Hillman Nominating Officer Campaigns Manager Acting Membership Secretary Libertarian Party of the United Kingdom http://libertarianpa rtyuk.com/ http://www.facebook. com/libertarianuk https://www.facebook .com/FightForBusines s Libertarian Party (North)
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