A decision by Cambridge City Council to slash funding for community, cultural and sporting organisations has left the Cambridge Junction fearful for its future.
The music, theatre and arts venue, which has already shouldered cuts of 30% over the past few years, says that the additional cuts could leave it struggling to survive. In addition to approving overall cultural funding cuts of 25%, the council has scrapped the Junction’s £86,890 annual subsidy, meaning that it will now have to bid against around 150 other organisations to secure funding for its programme of events.
In a letter to the council, the Junction said: “A self-supporting business model is an ambition rather than a current reality. Currently, if Cambridge City Council reduces our grant, our future will be in jeopardy.”
“In the short term we will have to reduce the non-commercial activity such as our support for young people and those at risk of social exclusion, reduce our support for local artists, and raise our ticket prices. In the long term the result of reducing our engagement programme could lead to loss of Arts Council England funding and ultimately closure.”