Jobs are under threat as part of a shake-up of Dudley Performing Arts as council chiefs look to trim £178,000 from its budget, it has emerged.
Staff are being consulted about restructuring plans for the service, which runs music and dance concerts and classes for youngsters across the borough.
The latest cuts follow a reduction in funding for the service in 2011, which saw it forced to cancel two major music festivals, which traditionally attracted up to 5,000 people each.
Staff have been warned about ‘the possiblity of redundancy’, council officials said.
Councillor Tim Crumpton, cabinet member for children’s services and lifelong learning, said: “As part of the budget setting process which was agreed last year, we are in the middle of consulting staff over a restructure.”
He said the council remained ‘fully committed’ to performing arts in the borough and the ‘important part that can play in young people’s education’.
DPA organises an annual summer festival held in Dudley town centre each July as well as spring and winter festivals held at venues across the borough.
Students also take part in a range of borough events such as the civic carol service at Dudley’s Top Church and Remembrance Sunday service.
Staff with other arts organisations and local schools to run workshops and events.
Last year, the council announced plans to save almost £22 million over three years.
It comes on top of more than £30m slashed since 2010, which has seen 487 voluntary redundancies and 74 compulsory redundancies at the authority.
The council needs to save £10.7m in 2013/14, a further £4.8m in 2014/15 and £6.3m in 2015/16.
The budget also included proposals for parks and streets not be maintained as often and garden waste to go uncollected for five months of the year to reduce costs.
The council has also brought in wheelie bins for household rubbish as long-term plans to make savings. Other savings proposed under the budget for the next three years include £1m from management costs and £470,000 from grounds maintenance.
Plans to freeze council tax in Dudley were also agreed by the cabinet as part of the budget.
The move followed the Big Question consultation with residents, which cost £6,000 and was the biggest in the authority’s history.
The findings showed that while 51 per cent of people were willing to pay more council tax to protect council services, 60 per cent were not willing to pay more than a two per cent rise.