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