Reasons to be generous

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08 Nov 2018

What motivates businesses to support the arts? David Watt explores the main reasons beyond 'doing the right thing'.

Scottish Government promises new fund to protect culture after Brexit

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13 Sep 2018

The programme will be in place by May 2019, with a focus on international cultural partnerships.

Dance partners

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05 Sep 2018

As well as being a studio space for independent dancers and choreographers, Glasgow's The Work Room is also an empowering artist-led support network, says Anita Clark.

Scotland ring-fences cash for touring

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10 Aug 2018

Creative Scotland has announced details of a new Touring Fund offering organisations outside its Regular Funding portfolio the chance to make and tour new work.

Audience development agency to close after Creative Scotland cuts

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13 Jul 2018

15 employees will be affected by the closure of Culture Republic, following the loss of its annual funding from Creative Scotland.

Edinburgh Festivals give £14m a year boost to Scotland’s culture sector

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13 Jul 2018

Two new reports say that the festivals also generate international recognition for Scotland’s arts scene and provide new opportunities for Scottish creatives.

Scotland plans to make culture central to policy-making

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29 Jun 2018

A draft of the first Scottish culture strategy to be produced in a decade reveals plans for a new cultural leadership post within Government and new ways of funding the arts.

Inquiry slams Creative Scotland over management failure

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22 Jun 2018

MSPs are “very concerned” by the national arts funder’s handling of its Regular Funding application process.

Creative Scotland trials matched crowdfunding scheme

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06 Jun 2018

The launch follows research into the power of match funding to boost public donations to arts organisations and increase fundraising skills.

Is there ever a good time to talk about death?

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31 May 2018

Legacy giving has huge potential as a source of future funding for the arts, especially in Scotland. Richard Radcliffe offers tips for getting started.

Breaking into the museum sector

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10 May 2018

To work in a museum you need the right academic qualifications and the resources to volunteer, but new initiatives in Scotland are starting to open up the sector to young people from more diverse backgrounds, says Catherine Cartmell.

Arts funding favours the privileged, Scottish Government told

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06 Apr 2018

A public consultation to inform the Government’s upcoming Culture Strategy also criticised the lack of diversity across the arts workforce.

Support from the right places

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28 Mar 2018

Out of the Blue has weathered the storm of arts funding cuts in Scotland thanks to its social enterprise model and the support of ethical finance providers. Rob Hoon shares the story.

Safeguarding the arts in times of economic uncertainty

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22 Mar 2018

Creative Scotland may have been short-sighted to cut funding to Scottish Youth Theatre, but something needs to be done about oversubscription to our arts funding streams. Graham Main suggests some radical solutions.

Creative Scotland: ‘Our reputation has been severely damaged’

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23 Feb 2018

The national funder has announced a root and branch review of its funding processes following public outcry that led to it reversing cuts to five arts organisations.

Letter: A matter of deepest regret

15 Feb 2018

Following revelations of elitism in music education, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, says it’s time to put the arts back in the heart of primary and secondary schools.

Creative Scotland U-turns on arts funding cuts

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06 Feb 2018

£2.6m of additional funds will be used to re-admit five organisations into the core-funded portfolio until 2021, in a move described as a “victory for common sense”.

Creative Scotland limits cuts following funding boost

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26 Jan 2018

Just nine regularly funded arts organisations will receive less money from Creative Scotland in 2018-21, while 27 organisations receive an uplift and 19 join the portfolio.

Making the most of time

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03 Jan 2018

A music-making project within HMP Inverness is helping offenders develop skills for life, learning and work. Stacey Toner describes the challenges and its aims for the future.

How I solved… challenges of cross-venue arts programming

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20 Dec 2017

Ruth Bretherick explains how she overcame the challenges of programming events when an exhibition split across two arts venues: one in Edinburgh, and one in Dundee.

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