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ART projects in the North East are to benefit from pounds 43m investment over the next three years, it was announced today.

Arts Council England, North East unveiled its ambitious vision for the future of arts in the region.

Among the recipients of the biggest increases in funding are the Baltic gallery for contemporary art in Gateshead, mima, Tees Music Alliance, and balletLORENT.

The strategy is designed to deliver art to the widest range of people.

Money will be invested in 73 North East art organisations - including five new organisations.

And 59 of Arts Council England, North East's regularly-funded organisations will receive increases in their funding in line with, or above, inflation.

Those receiving regular funding for the first time include AV Festival, North East Cultural Diversity Arts Forum and Designed & Made.

But 18 organisations in the North East will not have their funding renewed and five organisations will have their funding reduced.

In Northumberland and County Durham, where the authority is switching from a two-tier structure to a single unitary authority, funding will be only for one year, from 2008/09.

Arts Council chairman Christopher Frayling said the plan backs excellence.

He added: "It has been a complex and challenging process, which has involved working closely with arts organisations and listening to members of the public too."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 1, 2008
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