A cash windfall of more than £13 million will enhance Sheffield's reputation as a 'Crucible of Culture' in the UK.
That is the opinion of joyous arts leaders after 11 different cultural organisations across the city were handed National Portfolio Organisation status and grants ranging from £160, 000 to £5.2 million.
The money will come from the Arts Council with each organisation receiving a chunk of the cash in stages over a four-year period between April 2018 and April 2022.
This represents a 21 per cent increase in funding for the sector and major beneficiaries include Sheffield Theatres Trust with £5, 119, 460 and Sheffield Museums with £3.2 million.
Smaller organisation to benefit include AA2A Limited Sheffield which was awarded £160, 000 and Sheffield Doc/Fest received £563, 000.
Pete Massey, Yorkshire and the Humber director for the Arts Council, described Sheffield as a 'Crucible of Culture' and added: "Sheffield has a fantastic history, but is looking to create a future that is even better and brighter than the past. And we at the Arts Council are here to support the city - and the people of Sheffield - in its ambitious plans moving forward.
"There are exciting times ahead for Sheffield and the North, and we’re glad to be a part of it."
Lord Robert Kerslake, chair of Sheffield Theatres Trust, said the organisation will use the money to deliver a wide range of theatre programmes and workshops at its venues including the Crucible and Lyceum.
Dan Bates, chief executive of Sheffield Theatres, added: "This funding gives us a solid foundation on which to grow and diversify work over the next four years."
Museums Sheffield, which runs the Millennium Gallery, Graves Gallery and Weston Park Museum, will receive £600,000 a year for the next four years and this will replace the Arts Council's Major Partner Museum funding stream, which ends in March next year.
It will be used to fund a wide range of events, including the Live Lates scheme - a series of exhibitions which are showcased across the city's museums in the evening outside of normal opening hours.
Museums Sheffield has also secured an additional £800, 000 for a new partnership project with the Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, which runs Kelham Island, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, and Shepherd Wheel museums.
This will see both organisations work together on joint marketing projects and a series of co-exhibitions. A volunteer scheme giving members of the public chance to gain work experience at a range of different sites will also be rolled out.
Kim Streets, chief executive of Museums Sheffield, said: "NPO funding will help Museums Sheffield deliver a vibrant programme that we hope will engage and reflect Sheffield’s diverse communities, showcasing the very best art, culture, history and heritage in the city."
Helen Featherstone, director of Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, added: "We are also delighted that through this NPO funding Arts Council England will support the two organisations to work in partnership, to share their complimentary skills and expertise over the next four years."
Site Gallery will receive £1, 256, 428 over the next four years - a funding increase of nearly £500, 000 compared to their previous funding deal.
Project leaders will use the money to accelerate the building expansion programme already underway at the Brown Street art gallery, which is due to reopen in Spring 2018. There will also be a wider programme of exhibitions.
Artistic director Laura Sillars said: "This funding supports big ambitions to bring important international artists into the city for the first time and generate new opportunities for our incredible local creative community. Audiences in the city will feel that change in scale with an expanded public offer.”
Smaller organisations to benefit include AA2A Limited Sheffield, which received £160, 000 to continue rolling out its visual art education programme across schools and colleges.
Sheffield Doc/Fest has won £563, 000 to help secure its future over the next four years.
However one organisation, the Theatre Deli in Sheffield, expressed disappointment at being overlooked for Arts Council funding.
The company offers a range of theatre productions from its base on The Moor and has now launched an online fundraising appeal as part of a bid to move to a new venue.
Roland Smith, co-artistic director, said: "We are, of course, disappointed with the Arts Council announcement, particularly as our conversations with them had seemed so positive. The demands on Arts Council by larger and more established organisations means that it is difficult for younger, local and regional arts organisations to break through."
Sarah Sharp, producer at Theatre Deli Sheffield, added: “We are asking our supporters to pledge what they can to help support Theatre Deli in the short term as we move to a new Sheffield venue. Once that is established we will be able to revise our future plans and look to other income sources.”
A number of other arts organisations received multi-million pound grants across South Yorkshire.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Barnsley received £5, 250, 584, Cast in Doncaster was awarded £1, 280, 000 for theatre projects and Barnsley Museums got £1, 866, 000 to continue its visitor attraction projects at popular venues including Canon Hall.
Who got what:-
AA2A Limited Sheffield £160, 000
And Other Stories Publishing CIC Sheffield £296, 000
Eclipse Theatre Company Sheffield £998, 004
Forced Entertainment Ltd Sheffield £998, 000
Sheffield Doc/Fest £563, 000
Sheffield Museums £3, 200, 000
Site Gallery Sheffield £1, 256, 428
Third Angel Sheffield £480, 000
Yorkshire Artspace Society Ltd Sheffield £287, 480
Music in the Round £571, 852
Sheffield Theatres Trust Ltd £5, 119, 460
Yorkshire Sculpture Park £5, 250, 584
Barnsley Civic Enterprise Ltd £640, 000
Barnsley Museums £1, 866, 000
Brass Band England Barnsley £828, 000
Cast Doncaster £1, 280, 000
Doncaster Community Arts £523, 524
Doncaster Heritage Services £400, 000
Higher Rhythm Doncaster £216, 000
Jazz North Doncaster £760, 000
Grimm and Co Rotherham £460, 000
Rotherham Open Arts Renissance £281, 756