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.
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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.
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.