Liverpool arts organisations in line for £25m funding boost

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Image caption The Liverpool Philharmonic is in line to receive £6.6m over three years

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society is among a host of Merseyside organisations set to benefit from more than £25m in arts funding.

Arts Council England (ACE) will hand out the grants over a three-year period from 2015-18.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society is to receive the largest investment, with a proposed total of £6.6m.

Liverpool Biennial arts festival will receive £2.3m.

The organisations have been designated as part of the National Portfolio of major arts companies throughout England, which ACE describes as those "reflecting the real quality and excellence of the arts in England".

'Rocket fuel'

Other beneficiaries include Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, which has been awarded grants worth £4.9m, and the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), which is in line to receive £3m.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: "The Arts Council is a valuable partner in Liverpool's present and future.

"They recognise and support the city's cultural ambition and work with us to deliver a unique and aspirational programme every year.

"The overall settlement is great news for the city and reflects our joint working and our joint aspirations. Culture is the rocket fuel for this city's regeneration."

Smaller organisations will also benefit, such as the Wired Aerial Theatre, a performance group which stands to receive £495,000.

The cash was announced five months after ACE pledged £250,000 toward Liverpool's forthcoming "giants" extravaganza.

Meanwhile, a total of £1,560,590 will be handed out to organisations in neighbouring Cheshire, including £3m for Cheshire West and Chester Council, for a new culture centre and library.

A full breakdown of all organisations set to benefit from the funding is available online.

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