Support for a rural economy

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13 Jan 2016

A lack of business skills and access to equipment was holding artists in Dumfries and Galloway back. Clare Hanna explains the origins of Upland and how it supports artists.

Scotland’s culture budget to fall by over £16m

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18 Dec 2015

Capital expenditure will bear the brunt of cuts to the arts in Scotland next year under draft budget plans that see funding for culture fall from £170m to £154m. 

It’s not what you know…

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28 Oct 2015

David Stevenson deplores the way that a subjective decision to grant public money to a commercial company is being dressed up as the evidence-based decision of an objective funding system.

Heads up for match funding

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26 Oct 2015

Match funding has received some bad press recently, but Carl Watt has seen it work wonders at encouraging business sponsorship of the arts in Scotland. 

Creative industries strategy mirrors economic agenda

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23 Oct 2015

The Scottish arts sector is being consulted on a new ‘Creative Industries Strategy’ that will determine priorities for the next two years.

Edinburgh council prepares to overhaul arts funding

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22 Oct 2015

More partnership working is key for the future of local authority arts funding in Edinburgh, but delays and a budget deficit are hindering progress.

Working together with older people

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08 Oct 2015

Anne Gallacher describes the impact of an ongoing relationship between Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival, and Age Scotland.

The word’s the thing

28 Sep 2015

How can literature and publishing thrive in the wake of Creative Scotland's review of the cultural sector, asks Andrew Ormston.

Creative Scotland under fire at Parliamentary committee

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18 Sep 2015

The funding body is “thinking hard” about how to better support small and voluntary organisations after MSPs heard the sector’s complaints.

Deeper commitment to festivals and events in Scotland

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18 Sep 2015

A new tourism-based strategy aims to grow Scotland’s domestic and international reputation by investing in the development of the events industry.

Successful Scottish youth arts programme renewed with increased budget

18 Sep 2015

CashBack for Creativity has been funded until 2017 with an increased budget after having success at encouraging arts engagement in Scotland’s disadvantaged communities.

Council to address Dundee V&A cost over-run

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10 Sep 2015

Dundee City Council has endorsed independent recommendations for addressing delays and escalating costs in its flagship Waterfront regeneration project.

Crescendo in popularity for Scotland’s live music scene

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04 Sep 2015

The latest figures from the Scottish Household Survey reveal that non-classical music has overtaken theatre as Scotland’s favourite cultural activity. 

New support for Scottish writing

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28 Aug 2015

Following a review of the literature and publishing sector, Creative Scotland is supporting new schemes to promote Scottish writers internationally and to develop young writers.

Creative Scotland to face parliamentary scrutiny

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03 Jul 2015

The role of key public bodies and the outcomes they deliver are to be examined by a Committee reporting to the Scottish Government. 

Scotland makes plans to grow creative industries

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26 Jun 2015

43,000 new workers will be needed to support Scotland’s creative industries over the next ten years, according to a new report identifying key issues facing the sector.

Scotland praised for Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme

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09 Jun 2015

The success of the Cultural Programme associated with the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has led to cultural activity being listed among the formal criteria used to judge bids to host future Games.


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