Scotland faces slow return to pre-Covid audiences

18 Jan 2021

A recent Creative Scotland survey suggests audiences are unlikely to return to pre-Covid levels until the population has been vaccinated. 

Scottish organisations call for Culture Act

09 Dec 2020

An eight-point manifesto asks campaigning parties to commit to a National Arts Force and new Office for Cultural Exchange ahead of the country's election.

10% of schools aren't teaching music, survey suggests

08 Dec 2020

Music teachers are putting their health at risk to continue provision under inconsistent and unclear Covid safety guidelines.

£10.7m arts and culture funding for Wales

10 Nov 2020

New bids for funding won't be accepted as the Welsh Government prioritises existing applications.

Scotland sees female representation in theatre soar 

05 Nov 2020

Women artistic directors remain seriously underrepresented in Scotland’s highest funded companies despite great strides towards parity overall. 

Refusing to be bowed

Vince Laws, Fit For Work!, comic book page spread, 2020 – Not Going Back To Normal
29 Oct 2020

The Scottish government may have put ‘build back better’ on the back burner, but contemporary art has not. Clare Harris celebrates the determination that characterises Scottish artists as they cling on through the pandemic.

Scottish recovery fund 'aims to protect jobs'

11 Sep 2020

Arts organisations facing insolvency or redundancies can apply for up to £150,000 as Scotland delays the return of live events.

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.

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