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Extra cash for Scottish arts
The National Theatre of Scotland will get 3.5m
Arts projects in Scotland are to receive a 7.2m increase in funding for the next two years.

The Edinburgh-based Scottish Arts Council has pledged to spend nearly 70m on projects.

Most of the extra cash is going to The National Theatre of Scotland in Glasgow, which has been awarded 3.5m.

The Youth Music Initiative - which provides primary school children with free music lessons - is to receive 2.5m.

As well as hundreds of local community-based projects, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Ballet will benefit from significant increases this year, totalling more than 300,000.

Director of the Scottish Arts Council, Graham Berry, said: "Many organisations we support received significant uplifts in grants last year.

"We have tried to alleviate the standstill grants for the majority in the current year by planning a 3% increase to almost every organisation in 2005-06.

"Although working within a limited increase to our own funds, we have used this to support strategically significant organisations across the country."

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