Clare local authorities forced to bail out loss-making Glór music centre

Cash-strapped local authorities were forced to bail out Glór music centre in Ennis to deal with the centre’s accumulated losses last year.

Figures show Clare County Council and Ennis Town Council provided an additional €154,000 last year to address the publicly owned centre’s accumulated losses of €154,146.

The transfer of the €154,000 to the centre is in addition to the €270,000 annual subsidy that the councils provide to Glór.

The figures show Glór recorded a loss of €112,103 last year following the centre breaking even in 2010.

The €112,103 loss last year was in addition to the €154,146 accumulated losses that were in place at the start of 2011.

In an interview, centre director, Gemma Carcaterra said that the additional monies from the local authorities were to deal with accumulated losses.

In her first full year as director in 2012, Ms Carcaterra said she was delighted the team and the board of Glór ensured a break-even scenario for 2012: “This is a significant achievement within the current climate when all arts organisations are facing considerable challenges.

“For the past number of years, the recession impacted on the organisation and continues to do so.

“This is a similar situation to the majority of arts organisation across the country and Glór is surviving well in comparison.”

The figures for 2011 show that Glor’s income last year decreased from €1.16m to €1m with its spend remaining static at €1.164m.

Box office receipts last year reduced to €513,709 from €608,864 in 2010, while the number of programmes last year reduced from 304 to 183.

On top of the annual local authority subsidy, Glór also receives an annual subsidy of €90,000 from the Arts Council. Glór also benefits from having charitable status that allows it not to pay commercial rates or corporation tax.

Ms Carcaterra said: “Glór conservatively estimates the net contribution to the community, businesses and local rate payers to be close to €850,000 per year.”

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