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Thursday, 20 September, 2001, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
Cash boost keeps arts happy
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House received a funding boost
A funding announcement from the Arts Council of England is not always associated with words such as "delighted" and "good news".

But arts organisations across England were quick to welcome the news of an extra 100m a year for the arts in March, especially when so many of them benefited directly from the extra funding.

If we compare ourselves to other "civilised countries" we are low in the league

Gerry Robinson on arts funding

Some arts organisations saw their funding doubled or even trebled, while on average arts bodies enjoyed a 17% rise.

In many quarters the frosty relationship between some in the arts and the arts council is beginning to thaw as long-term under funding starts to be reversed.

Gerry Robinson, chairman of the arts council, told BBC News Online recently: "I think an increase in funding and a reduction in bureaucracy has been hugely helpful to the arts.

'Wonderful time'

"I think we are enjoying a time when a lot of the Lottery money has started to come through. We are having a wonderful time in the arts and I think it should get better and better."

The extra 100m has been divided into three sections - 25m for regional theatre, 40m for Creative Partnerships - to help the artistic development of young people - and the remaining money spent on increasing funding for the arts in general.

Viram Jasani, from the Asian Music Circuit, said of the funding rise: "We are absolutely delighted to have been given a 40% increase in our grant for 2002/3.

"This is a strong recognition not only of the AMC as an organisation, but also of the importance of the area of music it represents."

'Delighted'

Chris Hodgkins, director of Jazz Services, said: "At Jazz Services we are all delighted with the increase from the Arts Council for our operations."

But the extra 100m a year is still short of what is needed to fund the arts properly, said Mr Robinson.

He said: "We have moved a long way but I think we are still a long way short of where we should be.

"If we compare ourselves to other "civilised countries" we are low in the league - we are low in the league in Europe.

"I want to see this first step - which is a major step - carried on in future years."


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