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NPO 2017: Who are the new entries to the latest portfolio?

Ballet Black at the Barbican, London. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Theatre companies 1927 and Yellow Earth are new entries to the latest funding round from Arts Council England, with Ballet Black, Chris Goode and Company and the Royal Court in Liverpool also added to the portfolio.

The funding round – which covers 2018 to 2022 – sees 183 new organisations added into the portfolio, which features a total of 831 companies. This is up by 146 from the last round, covering 2015 to 2018, however it now includes libraries, museums and ‘sector support organisations’ for the first time.

Sector support bodies that are in the portfolio include organisations such as One Dance UK, Creative Skillset and the Audience Agency.

While previous years have seen a number of high-profile organisations dropped from the portfolio, the current round of funding appears to have fewer casualties.

In total, ACE said it would invest £409 million a year over the next four years.

Other new theatre companies that feature in the portfolio this time round include the Blue Elephant Theatre in south London, development company China Plate, site-specific organisation Common Wealth, Hull-based Middle Child, Yorkshire-based Mikron Theatre Company, Proteus Theatre Company, which is based in Basingstoke, and the Yard Theatre in London. The Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme is also new to the portfolio, while Red Ladder re-enters having been dropped in the previous round.

Yellow Earth was removed from the portfolio in 2011 but is new to this round of funding.

The portfolio also includes a new company from Emma Rice, called Wise Children, and dance companies ZooNation, the Russell Maliphant Company and Ballet Black.

Without Walls, a UK-based consortium that partners with arts festivals and organisations to commission outdoor arts, has been awarded £1.2 million a year for the duration of the funding round.

What will they get annually?


1927 – £217,000
Blue Elephant – £72,500
Chris Goode and Company – £100,000
Common Wealth – £145,000
Middle Child – £150,000
Proteus Theatre Company – £68,600
Royal Court Liverpool – £225,000
RTYDS – £185,000
Yard Theatre – £150,000
Yellow Earth – £175,000


Ballet Black – £220,000
Boy Blue Entertainment – £200,000
One Dance UK – £750,000
Rosie Kay Dance Company – £150,000
Russell Maliphant Company – ££249,000
ZooNation – £249,999


Creative Skillset – £300,000
The Audience Agency – £750,000
Without Walls – £4.8 million

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