UK Government opts out of Creative Europe

02 Mar 2020

The UK will not seek to stay in the programme next year or commit to funding any alternatives to the chagrin of the Scottish Government.

Covid-19: Funders reveal plans for the survival of the sector

02 Apr 2020

£11m for Scotland, £7m for Wales and £1m for Northern Ireland as their arts councils announce plans to support organisations and creative workers.

Scotland’s new Culture Strategy: ‘Culture must be valued in itself’

28 Feb 2020

The long-awaited document aims to create a more diverse cultural sector but contains no new measures to improve artists’ pay.

Sector fights ‘impossible’ new visa rules for EU nationals

26 Feb 2020

Shocked musicians fear European countries will respond in kind to stricter visa and immigration requirements for touring artists.

Scotland’s Budget: culture funding at a standstill

13 Feb 2020

Future arts funding depends on National Lottery returns rapidly increasing when a Government cash injection expires next year.

Edinburgh concert hall plans scuppered by legal challenge

03 Feb 2020

Delays and cost overruns to the £45m project are likely as it downsizes to avoid a long and expensive legal battle.

Fears for Falkirk culture as cost of arts centre rises

23 Jan 2020

The town is divided over plans for a joint arts centre and council headquarters as the bill rises to £53.7m. But without it, campaigners say local arts organisations could “cease to exist”.

Crafting support for Scottish arts

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16 Jan 2020

Eleven Scottish visual arts organisations have banded together to improve opportunities for artists and show their worth to policymakers and the public. Shân Edwards shares the story of Scotland’s Workshops.

Scottish culture inquiry: put artists at the centre of new funding system

19 Dec 2019

A months-long investigation by MSPs has concluded that “urgent, robust action” is needed to ensure fair pay for artists and a viable future for the country’s cultural sector.

Scottish Culture Strategy delayed for election

05 Dec 2019

Culture Secretary and staff fear the key policy document will be buried by other news if it is released before the General Election.

Arts Councils won’t enforce minimum pay

08 Nov 2019

The Arts Council of Wales has said it won’t fund projects that don’t budget minimum pay rates for artists. We asked the other councils why they aren’t doing the same.

Culture ‘falling off the list’: Aberdeen arts funding in crisis

26 Sep 2019

A 40% cut in funding over a decade, with 19% of cuts made in the past year: arts groups call for government action on the crisis facing Aberdeen’s arts sector.

Scotland consults on tourist tax

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19 Sep 2019

There are calls for the government to consider exempting all Scottish residents from the proposed levy, which would be collected by accommodation providers.

How we doubled attendance at the UK’s most northerly arts centre

29 Aug 2019

By working in partnership and refusing to patronise audiences, Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness has attracted record numbers, says Charlotte Mountford.

Culture recognised in new Scottish planning bill

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05 Jul 2019

Grassroots music campaigners are celebrating amendments that place responsibility for managing noise issues on developers rather than venues.

Creative Scotland admitted ‘unfundable’ organisations into portfolio

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19 Jun 2019

Last-minute interventions by senior figures “ultimately served to undermine the integrity of the RFO process”, staff told an independent review.

Campaign champions impact of Scottish visual arts

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24 May 2019

Art in Action is calling on politicians to “think differently about art” and place it at the heart of their decision-making.

Getting people talking

Photo of Tom Pow staring face to face with a sculpture which is wearing headphones
28 Mar 2019

Are we losing the art of conversation? Tom Pow explains how a project in Scotland is using the arts to stimulate communication.

Scotland to assess future of arts funding

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21 Mar 2019

An inquiry led by members of the Scottish Parliament will examine public and private sources of revenues for artists and focus on how funding should be distributed to create a sustainable future for the sector.

Businesses and councils at odds over tourist tax

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15 Mar 2019

Scotland’s Culture and Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said local authorities will not be able to impose a levy on overnight visitors until 2021 at the earliest.

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