The National Association of Youth Theatres (NAYT) has had to make job cuts in order to stay in business. All but one of NAYT’s employees will be made redundant by the end of the year. They have also closed their office in Darlington in an effort to stem costs.
The educational charity has suffered major funding losses which has led to drastic job cuts. The Department of Education withdrew their contributions leaving them reliant on council funding. NAYT was then dealt a further blow when in March, when the Arts Council announced that NAYT, one of the regularly funded organisations, would lose all funding provided by the council.
Jill Adamson, Chief Executive, who will remain the charity’s only employee, said in April: ‘It’s totally soul-destroying to see our organisation suffer and struggle for survival when it has played a vital role in supporting both grass-roots and high-profile organisations for almost 30 years.’
The £240,000 loss of funding has left NAYT struggling for survival. The charity was hoping to raise £100,000 by the end of the year to ensure future operations in 2012. NAYT announced in a statement that to stay in business they would charge registration fees to its members – as they had previously before being asked by the Arts Council to cease in doing so as they were a regularly funded organisation.
To learn more about NAYT visit www.nayt.org.uk