Arts cash boost

More than £1 million is to be injected into three Doncaster arts projects over the next three years, .

Doncaster Council said from 2012 to 2015 almost £400,00 will be given to Doncaster Community Arts (DARTS) and more than £440,00 will go to the council’s new performance venue.

The council also said music group Higher Rhythm, which support promising musicians, will get more than £180,000 over the same period.

The money has been pledged by Arts Council England, which distribute money from the Government and the National Lottery to support art projects.

The announcement came as part of its national funding decision yesterday.

In the face of a £100m government cut to Arts Council funding, mayor Peter Davis said: “It is absolutely fantastic for the town. To find out that Doncaster has got this funding is amazing news. I have not been too positive in my praise for this Government but I can’t fault them for this.”