Harrow Arts Funding Slashed Almost 50% In Three Years

Arts funding in Harrow from the council has changed over the last five years, whether it's Harrow Museum, the Music Service, or the Arts Centre.

By Anon, Harrow · May 6, 2020

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Arts funding in Harrow has dropped by nearly 50% in the last three years, according to data obtained from Harrow Council.

During the period between 2016 to 2019, spending on arts initiatives and funding for Harrow’s arts centre, museum and music service fell from £1,017,700 in 2016/17 to £547,390 in 2018/19, a drop of 46%. 

The findings were made by media literacy charity The Student View following the submission of a Freedom of Information request.

In 2017/18, the spend was £756,874. In 2015/16, it was £881,598 and in 2014/15, five years ago, it stood at £880,886.

Over the past five years, the Harrow Arts Centre has received £3,115,049 in funding, while the music service has received more erratic funding, generating £188,648 for the council in 2015/16, then receiving funding in the other four years from £119,852 in 2014/15 to just £115 in 2016/17.

Funding in 2017/18 was £47,336 and in 2018/19 it was £11,404, meaning the music service received minus £9,941 from the council over five years, having money taken out of it rather than added. Separately, the Harrow Museum received £979,340 in five years.

Why did students choose this topic?

They said: “We chose this topic because we feel that music is important to young people and can help them to express their emotions. We felt that this issue needed more attention from the general public of Harrow.”

How did the answers make our journalists feel?

“We mainly felt surprised that the council took the time out of their day to respond to us so quickly.”