Rhonda Merrick, Founder and Creative Director of Kent Arts Television Film Music (KATFM), will deliver a speech and guide the Mayor of Ashford, several Councillors and other invited guests and Kent officials on a brief tour of Ashford Arts Centre this afternoon, as local leaders assemble to learn more about what may be the ideal business model for the future of arts groups in the wake of Sir Peter Bazalgette’s speech earlier this week in which he revealed local councils will have their Arts funding cut in half over the next four years.
Tune in and listen as to the speech as Merrick celebrates the centres first year in the property in Ashford town centre, just off the High Street. The speech will be broadcast live, but there will be no live images of the visitors in the room. Instead, online visitors will see a pre-recorded presentation as they listen to the discussion and tour.
Click here to listen to Sir Peter Bazalgette’s speech in its entirety. The event was hosted by the Arts Council England and the New Local Government Network.
Ashford Arts Centre has evolved from start-up to growth. and expresses gratitude to the proactive help the project received for Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council as it moves from start-up to growth.