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MAG spends £575k on the arts

Sponsorship for 16 local organisations from airports group

Published on March 28th 2011.

MAG spends £575k on the arts

MANCHESTER Airports Group is spending almost £600,000 sponsoring local arts organisations, including the Library Theatre, the Halle Orchestra and the Manchester International Festival.

MAG’s arts sponsorship budget for 2010/11 will allocate a share of its profits to 16 organisations from the North West, taking the total committed to almost £9m in the last 22 years.

The £575,000 allocation will be shared between: the Bridgewater Hall; the 24:7 theatre festival; the Bury Met; Buxton Festival; Halle Orchestra; Library Theatre Company; the Lowry; Manchester International Festival; Wigan Jazz; Tatton Park Biennial; Bolton Octagon; Oldham Coliseum; Royal Exchange Theatre; Manchester Pride and Queer Up North.

Jonathan Bailey, director of external affairs for the Manchester Airports Group, said: “It is a very difficult time for arts organisations in the current economic climate, but we have always been committed to enriching culture in the regions where our airports are based and supporting arts organisations as part of our contribution to our local communities.

“We believe a thriving theatre and arts scene helps to support inbound tourism and inward investment. In the current climate, we are aware of how difficult it is running these organisations and events but we are proud to play our part in supporting them.”

Chris Honer, artistic director for the Library Theatre Company, based in Hulme, said: "We are very grateful for the ongoing and valuable support of Manchester Airports Group. Their financial support will help deliver our programme of work, both on-stage, and our extensive community and education outreach work."

Manchester Airport will also be one of the official sponsors of MIF in 2011, as it was in 2007 and 2009.

MAG owns four airports – Manchester, East Midlands, Humberside and Bournemouth. It also runs a commercial property business called MAG Developments.

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Ali McGowanMarch 29th 2011.

Good on 'em :)

Tony MahaffeyApril 19th 2011.

Does anyone know what the exact amounts are for each recipient, or know where that info might be?

EditorialApril 19th 2011.

We did ask, but no info has been forthcoming...

Tony MahaffeyApril 19th 2011.

Hmm, shocker. A bit of transparency wouldn't kill 'em, would it?

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