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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 25 March, 2003, 07:12 GMT
20m for arts in the North
Baltic Arts Centre
The Baltic Arts Centre will get increased funding
More than 20m is to spent on cultural projects across the north-east of England by the Arts Council.

Arts Council England, North East will spend the money on a range of schemes, including the Baltic centre in Gateshead and youth schemes on Teesside and Wearside.

Other highlights include a 300% increase in funding for individual artists and major increases for the Sage Gateshead, which alongside Aldeburgh in Suffolk and Darting ton in Devon, will create a new national and international network of world-class music training and performance facilities.

Major investment has also been secured for the Centre for Children's Book and Dance City in Newcastle.

By 2005 2m a year will be ploughed in to arts and education projects in the Tees Valley, Durham and Sunderland.

Andrew Dixon, Regional Executive Director of Arts Council England, North East, said: "For communities, towns and cities across our region, this will mean a transformation in the way the arts and creative industries contribute to the region and to national life.

'Gifted individuals'

"We want to make the North East the best place in the UK to live and work as an artist.

"This investment will allow us to do that by investing in gifted individuals, keeping talent in the region and positioning the arts at the heart of the North East's social and economic revival."

More than 1m has been secured for strategic partnerships with local authorities, as well as a three-year package for creative industries in collaboration with One North East.

Andrew Dixon added: "This funding will allow us to create new opportunities for young people, new employment opportunities in the arts and creative industries and provide a significant boost to cultural diverse arts."

Last week Arts Council England, North East announced major investment in the Tees Valley including the development of The Centre for International Street Theatre.

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