Scottish Government makes first move to save the performing arts

06 Jul 2020

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced a Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund that will “meet the immediate needs” of organisations and freelance workers attempting to survive the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

Government appoints experts to influence delivery of Culture Strategy

Scottish Parliament
30 Jun 2020

A National Partnership for Culture will advise and influence Scottish Ministers on the delivery of Scotland’s culture strategy, but national funding agency Creative Scotland is not a member.

Announcement of reopening brings little cheer to music and theatre

Belfast's Grand Opera House
24 Jun 2020

Although museums and galleries in England and Scotland can prepare to reopen, the  performing arts remain in lockdown and fears grow for the future of venue-based organisations.

Culture will play a defining role in Scotland’s recovery, says Advisory Group

Internal view of the Scottish Parliament
24 Jun 2020

Creating a National Arts Force of freelance and gig economy workers to work in schools, care homes and communities is among recommendations to the Scottish Government for the preservation of jobs and recovery in the creative sector.

Scottish Government announces financial life raft for Edinburgh Fringe

a group of costumed street performers at Edinburgh Fringe
16 Jun 2020

Scotland appears to be the first country in the UK to make a direct Government loan to ensure a cultural organisation can survive the current financial crisis.

Why I'm writing myself out of my job

a signpost on a telegraph pole in front of a view of a bay with grass in the foreground
13 May 2020

Are you doing what you’ve always done because that’s what you were set up to do? Jo McLean explains how radical change can be used as an opportunity to rethink an organisation’s structure, roles, and delivery.

We’ll lose more than money when Edinburgh’s festivals don’t go ahead

a crowd watching a street performance in Edinburgh
06 May 2020

Is it possible to transfer a festival experience into an online space without losing its essence? Katey Warran examines the social dimensions that mean the sum of a festival is much greater than its individual parts.

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.

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.

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

A young woman screen printing at a workshop
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

A photograph of colourful houses on a street in Edinburgh
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.

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