Lottery arts funding plummets by £55m

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20 Jun 2017

National Lottery operator Camelot expects “disappointing” sales to decline further this year.

Scotland’s perfect stage

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08 Jun 2017

Scotland’s year-round programme of cultural events attracts huge numbers of international visitors, but it takes careful strategic planning and continuous improvement, says Stuart Turner.

Succession planning

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11 May 2017

Young people in remote parts of Scotland have gained the skills to organise rural tours in a project designed to generate a new breed of arts promoters. Jo McLean describes their experience.

Applications to Creative Scotland drop significantly

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09 May 2017

The introduction of two-year Open Project Funding is thought to have led to a drop in the number of arts organisations applying for Regular Funding.

Shaping audience behaviour

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03 May 2017

Performing in concert halls around the world makes setting ticket prices tricky. So, explains Jane Donald, the RSNO begins by asking one simple question.

Creative Scotland warns of cuts to Regular Funding

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10 Mar 2017

Arts organisations working on their funding bids have been asked to “budget realistically and focus on core need”.

Touring Scottish classrooms

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30 Jan 2017

Every child in Scotland will see a performing arts production in their school each year if the National Theatre of Scotland’s plans go ahead. Lucy Mason reviews the first year of a trailblazing new pilot.

Scottish arts organisations prepare for funding standstill

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16 Dec 2016

National companies funded directly by the Government have reacted positively to the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2017/18, given the wider economic context.

Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative develops life and learning skills

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25 Nov 2016

News of the scheme’s holistic benefits follows the announcement of £660k funding to music charities across the country.

Connecting with industry

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17 Nov 2016

A consortium of Scotland’s universities and art schools place researchers within arts and cultural organisations. Anna Scott discusses the benefits to all involved.

Selecting a showcase

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20 Oct 2016

Productions chosen for the Made in Scotland showcase gain a stamp of quality, but how are they selected? Wendy Niblock asks members of the panel what they are looking for.

Visual arts review reveals challenges for Scotland

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19 Oct 2016

Thinking differently about how arts organisations talk to the private sector will be one of the keys to sustainability as limited resources pose challenges to artistic ambition.

Cultural engagement in Scotland at all-time high

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07 Oct 2016

Nine out of ten adults engaged with a cultural activity in 2015, but the Scottish Household Survey reveals engagement is lower in disadvantaged areas.

Survey to track arts diversity in Scotland

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30 Sep 2016

Creative Scotland is to gather evidence on individuals’ occupation, employment status and career progression across the country.

Scotland’s National Performing companies commit to gender equality

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16 Sep 2016

National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Ballet are among the performing arts companies pledging to have a gender balanced board by 2020.

Strategy aims to put artists at the heart of society

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10 Aug 2016

Paying artists fairly is listed in Creative Scotland’s new Arts Strategy among a range of measures to raise the profile of artists and the arts in Scotland.

Edinburgh’s festivals generate £313m for Scotland

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29 Jul 2016

A large-scale study has found that the growth of the festivals is benefiting the tourism and hospitality sectors. 

Creative Scotland warns Brexit may limit RFO funding

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22 Jul 2016

Deputy Chief Executive Iain Munro has said that new arts funding models will have to be considered in these unprecedented times.

A space to thrive

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07 Jul 2016

To nurture and retain new artistic talent, you need affordable studio space. Audrey Carlin explains how Wasps is helping Scotland to strengthen its cultural scene. 

The Gorbals lives again

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09 Jun 2016

A 100-metre high public artwork isn’t always the answer. Peter McCaughey reflects on why he took a more dispersed approach to an art strategy for a housing project in inner Glasgow.

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