Dance Hub Birmingham and partners leveraged over £2 million additional funding in the first two years for dance in the West Midlands, double the Arts Council funding spent to date, supported 52 bursaries and commissions, 5 artist development programmes and 2 festival strands devoted to dance. We brokered relationships across the West Midlands and beyond and reached an estimated global audience of 1 billion through the Commonwealth Games Handover and Homecoming.
Alongside Arts Council we will ensure the remaining resources set aside for Dance Hub will be safeguarded for the next stages of development of DHB. We thank all those who have been involved in Dance Hub Birmingham's journey to date - sowing the seeds for a bright future for dance in the region through large scale events, research, new development programmes and commissions. and look forward to seeing how sector partners choose to take this forward. Current commitments made by Dance Hub Birmingham will be honoured over the coming months with all contracts transitioned to new stewardship as appropriate. We will continue to support projects that are underway currently.
Our thanks go to Monique Deletant for all her hard work and energy in realising our shared ambitions. Monique will be moving on in May 2019. Amy Dalton - Hardy will be joining Motionhouse in April 2019. The steering group are continuing to meet along with representatives of Arts Council England to deliver the work of Dance Hub Birmingham. Current steering group members are: ACE Dance and Music, Birmingham City University, Birmingham Royal Ballet, DanceXchange, Hippodrome, Midlands Arts Centre, One Dance UK, Sampad and independent artists Genevieve Say and Oliver Scott.