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Arts Council England
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Article Post Date: Monday 29.03.2010

Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts. We are an independent, non-political body, working at arm's length from Government. We distribute public funds, including National Lottery funding; commission research; promote innovation in the arts; and provide advice and information to artists and arts organisations.

We are established by Royal Charter, our Chair and our national Council are appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; our funding agreement with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport sets out in broad terms what we do (see further reading). We are accountable to Parliament for our activities and expenditure.

We have nine regional offices and a national office. Our regional boundaries follow those of the Regional Development Agencies and many other national organisations.

Grant-in-aid funding (money coming directly from central government) is divided between these regions, according to population size. Full details of how this money, and our share of the National Lottery good causes fund is spent, are available in our annual review.

In addition to regular funding for over 1,200 organisations, Grants for the arts is our main funding scheme. These grants are for individuals, arts organisations, national touring and other people who use the arts in their work. They are for activities that benefit people in England and that help artists and arts organisations from European Union countries to carry out their work.

We also have money that allows us to identify new opportunities for the arts, take on new initiatives, establish new partnerships and address particular ambitions for growth, such as cultural diversity, young people or support for the European Capital of Culture. These funds are not usually available through application.

Our national priorities are carried out through regular funding to organisations, Grants for the arts and nationwide initiatives such as Creative Partnerships and New Audiences.

Between 2003 and 2006 we will invest £2 billion of public funds in the arts in England, including funding from the National Lottery.

We believe that the arts have the power to transform lives and communities, and to create opportunities for people throughout the country.

Our vision is to promote the arts at the heart of national life, reflecting England's rich and diverse cultural identity. We want people throughout England to experience arts activities of the highest quality.

Arts Council England supported City Showcase 2004

March 2005

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