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National Assembly repsnds to ACW's 'balanced funding'     

The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) welcomes the National Assembly's announcement to step-up its financial support for the arts throughout Wales, in response to ACW's call for investment in the arts across Wales as a balance to the revenue support for the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC).

This was announced on Wednesday, 4 April by the National Assembly as a complementary measure to its commitment to the Cardiff-based WMC.

Finance Minister Edwina Hart said "We have to take account of the reasonable desires of artists right across Wales to contribute to the success of the Centre (WMC) - and to grow and flourish where they are too. This means that we must consider increased provision for the arts elsewhere in Wales…it will need their product....

"We must be prepared to contemplate a revenue cost of some £2 million direct to the WMC, and a broadly equivalent sum to cover the complementary implications elsewhere," she said.

ACW's Chairman, Sybil Crouch is delighted that the Assembly has responded to ACW's call for a balance of support for the arts across the whole of Wales.

She said, "Among our main strategic objectives at ACW is the aim to increase the accessibility of the arts and to help local and regionally-based arts to flourish for the benefit of every individual.

"The arts are important in helping form local identity, and effectively celebrate the diversity of cultures within each and every community in Wales. We are extremely pleased that the Assembly also shares this view," she said.
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Sian Thomas
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