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Arts Council England awards money from The National Lottery, as well as central Government funds to support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Arts Council England awards money raised by The National Lottery players, as well as central Government funds to support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Collective Encounters Youth Theatre, Changing Words new writing project. Credit: AB Photography.

The National Lottery supports projects like these because great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

Arts Council England makes grants of all sizes, from a few hundred pounds to stage a poetry workshop to several million pounds to refurbish and improve arts venues like the National Theatre in London, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and the Wiltshire Music Centre. These venues have a commitment to make the best in arts activity accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

Headline image: 1. Musicians in rehearsal during Music in the Round’s Bridge residential course for emerging young string players in Sheffield, July 2018.

Credit: Courtesy Music in the Round, copyright Chris Saunders 2018.

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