Salisbury Arts Centre is the trading name of St Edmunds Arts Trust Limited (charity number 1023945).
The Arts Centre programmes a huge number of events throughout the year , during 2014/5 there were 67,686 attendances at 1605 events, 648 more than the previous year. Last year more than half of our participatory events were completely free to those taking part. Providing such high quality cultural experiences is expensive and ticket sales do not cover all of our costs.
We are a part of the Arts Council of England's National Portfolio so we receive an annual grant from them. We receive a grant from Salisbury City Council to help cover the costs of the events we provide free of charge for local people.
The rest of our income comes from a variety of places. Ticket sales, café income, and room hire fees certainly help but since we are a charity we keep our prices low and we could not sustain the Arts Centre as a profit-making business. Donations, subscriptions, and grants provide the final proportion of our income and ensure that our exciting cultural opportunities remain accessible to the widest possible audience. We have received grants from Community First (the Cleansing Services Group) and Salisbury Area Board of Wiltshire Council to help us fund particular capital projects, such as replacing our boilers and carpets.
According to Arts Council England, public investment in the arts in England only costs each taxpayer 14p per week - this is less than 0.05% of total government spending. But the arts contribute to society in a huge number of ways; aside from the economic value of having a thriving cultural venue in Salisbury, the Arts Centre also provides education opportunities to local young people, free cultural activities for children and families, a public platform to support emerging artists and much more.
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