Borough’s £1 million arts boost

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THREE Doncaster organisations will share just over £1 million in grants from the Arts Council over the next three years.

The biggest share of the cash dished out by the organisation will go towards plans to develop a new performance venue as part of Doncaster Council’s Civic and Cultural Quarter plan.

The council will receive a total of £443,758 towards the cost of the project.

Money will also be put into the Darts community arts project, based at South Parade, and to the Higher Rhythm community recording studio on Highfield Road.

Darts will receive £399,701 for its work which takes art to groups all across the social spectrum.

And Higher Rhythm will get £180,773 for its work, which includes helping musicians to record and distribute their work to a wider audience.

Out of 1,333 arts organisations across the UK which applied for the National Portfolio of Arts Organisations funding, which the three Doncaster groups are receiving, 750 were successful.

The Arts Council was facing a reduced grant in aid budget - down 14.9 per cent.

That meant many groups across the country missed out.

Funding going to the council is specifically for programme and developments for the New Performance Venue.

The council’s application was praised by the Arts Council for giving a clear case for achieving ‘great art for everyone’.

Gavin Baldwin, the Doncaster Council assistant director for adults and communities, was pleased cash for the venue was confirmed. He said: “We’re delighted with the news - this is a massive boost for Doncaster.

“Even though we were pleased with the strength of our application, we were aware public sector cuts would mean a reduction in the grant aid available and that there would be many art organisations that would miss out.

“The funding will enable us to keep progressing and developing the quality of arts provision in Doncaster in preparation for the opening of the New Performance Venue.

“We will continue our drive to improve Doncaster’s reputation as a place for people to enjoy a range of high quality and innovative arts.

“We would also like to congratulate Darts and Higher Rhythm on their success.”