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Covid-19 News and Resources

Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, we’ve been compiling resources on funding, support, advice and wellbeing, as well as keeping our members updated on our advocacy efforts at regional, national and UK levels.

See below for a link to all available news and resources, as well as specific items of particular importance/interest. As always, more in-depth updates on advocacy, training, online meet-ups and opportunities are available in our member-only newsletter.

  • You can find the latest Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance for the performing arts and venues sector here. This guidance was last updated on 9 October 2020.

Culture Organisations & Venues Recovery Fund launched

Creative Scotland today published details of the Scottish Government’s Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund, which forms part of the £31.5m emergency funding for culture announced by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on 28 August.

The £15 million Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund aims to provide emergency support to organisations that provide opportunities for cultural engagement and have been unable to trade due to the impact of Covid-19

Date: 10/09/20

Scottish Government emergency funding announcements from Creative Scotland:

Following the announcement by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, on Friday 28 August of £59m emergency funding for culture and heritage to address the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Creative Scotland has published initial details regarding the 5 emergency funds.

Date: 04/09/2020

Scottish Government announced £10m investment in performing arts:

Professional performing arts industry body, the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) warmly welcomed the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture’s announcement of a £10 million fund to help secure the future of live theatre and dance in Scotland.

Date: 03/07/2020

Reopening guidance for creative studios and shared workspaces

The Scottish Government have published guidance for the creative industries, in particular for providers and users of creative studios in Scotland, for safe working and reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. It came into effect immediately on publication – from 30 June 2020 – and applies until further notice.

Date: 01/07/20

#LoveTheatreScotland campaign

Several FST Members got together to write a letter to their performing arts colleagues to encourage them to use #LoveTheatreScotland on social media to emphasise why theatre matters, what it means to us and to our audiences.

Date: 25/06/20

Correspondence with the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture at the Scottish Government in June 2020

You can view two documents here: FST’s letter to the Cabinet Secretary to discuss support and stimulus package for theatre & dance in Scotland from 17 June 2020 and her response from 22 June.

Date: 25/06/20

Getting your business back to work – advice from Anderson Strathern

This note is provided to delegates not as formal legal advice but as an outline of Anderson
Strathern’s views on things which businesses should consider when planning to return and the options
which may be available.

Date: 23/06/20

Job Retention Scheme – advice

The Job Retention Scheme, which is live from 20 April, is constantly updated, the latest developemnts include: extending the scheme until the end of June and including employees who were on the PAYE payroll by 19 March (previously 28 February).  Anderson Strathern have made an in-depth analysis of the Scheme

Date: 28/05/20

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