The organisers of the annual Coastival arts festival have been hit by a massive loss in funding.
Create, which backs the event which bring in tens of thousands of people to the town each year, has been told that the Arts Council has removed its National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status.
The money from the council makes up the bulk of Create’s funding, which will now cease in April 2015.
Create Director Wendy Clews said: “It is disappointing that we have lost funding from the Arts Council – we aren’t alone in suffering that fate – but we are a flexible, forward-looking organisation and are actively looking at new and exciting avenues for funding, including other grant schemes and a range of local and national sponsors.
“The contribution Create makes to the arts and cultural offering in and around Scarborough, along with the economic boost events like Coastival bring, are very important to the town.”
This year Create brought the spectacular Orpheus the Mariner to Scarborough, when giant puppets took over the South Bay.
There was better news for the Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT) which secured £1,913,144 in funding across the next three years beginning 2015/16.
Chris Monks, artistic director, said: “Everyone concerned with the SJT is delighted that the company will receive funding from Arts Council England for the next three years.
“Today’s news acknowledges the importance of the SJT to the cultural life of the country and the region. However, our future still hangs in the balance. We have to rely more and more on corporate and private philanthropy to support our work and maintain our beautiful Art Deco building. Despite these continual challenges, we are determined to provide the best theatre we can at prices everyone can afford.”
Crescent Arts also kept its National Portfolio Organisation status with the Arts Council and will be funded with £209,000 over the next three years.