The MU, Equity and Bectu are calling on the Department of Culture Media and Sport, and the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, to provide more funding to support English National Opera (ENO) while it seeks a new audience.
Why is this important?
ENO has been instructed by Arts Council England to leave London and set up a new base elsewhere in the UK in a short time frame while cutting their grant.
Both the timescale for finalising proposals and the amount of funding on offer are a cause of concern for the MU, Equity and Bectu, as well as the wider arts community. These challenges make it very likely that many jobs in the orchestra, chorus and stage crews will be lost forever, and there will be significantly less opera in the UK as a result.
That’s why we’ve started a petition calling on Government to provide more funding to support ENO and protect jobs.
Help us make the case to government
Jamie Pullman, MU Regional Organiser for London said: “It’s really important that ENO continue to do a lot of work in London, the future of the orchestra, chorus and stage crew depend on it, whether or not their home base is in the capital.
“Please help us make the case to the government that money invested in ENO to enable them to continue to perform in London is of value to everyone who enjoys music.”
The petition closes on Wednesday 26 July so that it can be hand delivered to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport before the end of the month.
Keeping your data safe and sound
The petition is hosted on Megaphone - a petition platform operated by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and designed for the trade union movement.
Highlights from the campaign to save the ENO so far