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.
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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.
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.
Throughout the pandemic, The Audience Agency has been undertaking various pieces of research to examine the behaviour of audiences during these times. On the 10 February 2021 they published their most recent piece, Digital Engagement: from the COVID19 Participation Monitor, this report examines audience behaviour and intentions around engagement with digital work. The data pool […]
Lucy Mason, Interim CEO, was invited to give further evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on the performing arts sector on Thursday 28 January to the Scottish Government’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee. The full submission can be read by downloading the resource at the bottom of this page. The Official Report of […]
Creative Scotland has published their Culture, Tourism, Europe & External Affairs Committee update for January 2021. This document offers a very useful overview of Creative Scotland’s Emergency Fund support since March 2020. It also includes information on ongoing funds and initiatives leading into 2021.
The aim of this PiPA survey, conducted in October 2020, was to gain a deeper insight into the extent to which caring responsibilities during Covid.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have issued guidance for employers that are facing tough decisions about redundancies during the Covid-19 pandemic. The guidance outlines considerations that should be made in order to ensure complaince with equality law. The guidance is available below: Equality and Human Rights Commission – Redundancies
This report was written by Freelancers Make Theatre Work and includes data gathered from over 90 producing organisations throughout the UK. The purpose of the study was to gather data on the relationship between performing arts organisations and freelance theatre workers.
Anderson Strathearn has updated its Job Retention Scheme (JRS) guidance and information in response to the recent UK Government decision to extend the scheme until March 2021. This article outlines the provisions of the scheme based upon the available information on 11 November 2020, covering the position for claims relating the period up to 31 […]
In October 2020, FST held a training session focused on contracting during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the session, speakers Scott Fyfe, Associate at Anderson Strathern and Callum Smith, Producer at National Theatre of Scotland gave advice and answered specific questions relating to the topic. Available below are resources signposted during the session: Playwrights and Digital […]