The updates in this section are compiled from information released by the Scottish Government during the COVID-19 pandemic. They offer a summary of recent key announcements and signposting to relevant sources of further information.
This section aims to offer a collated source of COVID-19 resources, news, publications, and signposting from both government and funding bodies, as well as across our sector.
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In this section, you can find a selection of resources and signposting to key information relating to the UK Government’s COVID-19 response and recent updates. The UK Government has full responsibility for the current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self Employed Income Support Scheme, for guidelines relating to devolved matters please visit our Scottish Government updates.
The checklists, risk assessments and signposting on this page have been derived from a number of resources including members of FST and Festivals Edinburgh’s TAGSS group, SOLT/ UK Theatre, the Association of British Theatre Technicians, Costume in Theatre Entertainment and Arts, RB Health & Safety Solutions, the Scottish Government and the Government of Northern Ireland.
and UK Theatre have commissioned Parents and Carers in Performing Arts (PiPA) to research and write a suite of practical resources for organisations on remote and mixed model working.
On 25 & 28 May 2021 FST submitted respective letters to Angus Robertson, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, and Jenny Gilruth, Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development.
Earlier this afternoon (Wednesday 2 June), the Scottish Government Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes, confirmed in Parliament further emergency support for culture, saying the following: “A further £25 million will support the culture sector through the second round of the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund and the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund. This will be targeted […]
One year on from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Big Freelancer Report from Freelancers Make Theatre Work maps the problems facing the performing arts’ freelance workforce and makes practical recommendations for change going forward.
The Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee has published its legacy report. This report is published at the end of a Government session (in this case ‘Session 5’) and highlights the work of the committee over the last 5 years, it also lays out recommendations for the successor committee(s) in session six.
On 16 March 2021 BECTU published the key findings from their most recent sector survey. This survey’s sample was made up of nearly 4,000 workers in the creative industries and has revealed the serious impact of one year of the pandemic on workers in the creative industries.
UK Theatre’s published their report and key findings from their recent ‘One Year On’ Sector Survey. The results from across the theatre sector paint a picture of an industry that has struggled to survive the past 12 months and faced huge financial strain – but remains resilient and adaptable.
Creative Scotland has published their Culture, Tourism, Europe & External Affairs Committee update for February 2021. This document offers information on ongoing funds and initiatives since January 2021.
The Scottish Government announced on 11 February 2021 that a further £17.5 million of emergency coronavirus funding has been allocated to support creative freelancers and the events sector. £9 million of which will be distributed as a top-up to the Creative Freelancers Hardship Fund and Screen Hardship Fund, bringing the total value of support for creative freelancers to £17 million.