The First Minister is due to make an announcement in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 18 January about the possibility of lifting capacity caps on indoor live events, including theatre performances and concerts from 24 January. This is currently being considered by the Cabinet along with whether COVID certification should be required in a broader range of settings. Within Government, work is also continuing on a revised Strategic Framework to consider what adaptations can be made to manage the risks of the virus in a way that is less disruptive in future.
Creative Scotland has just announced that the Cancellation Fund for Cultural Organisations will be published at 2pm on Wednesday 19 January. The fund will then open for applications at 2pm on Wednesday 26 January and payments to organisations will begin from 31 January. This follows on from the £10m Cancellation Fund for Freelancers, which opened for applications on 06 January, and remains open for cultural freelancers who have lost income due to cancellations, to apply to.
We have arranged an additional members’ meeting to reflect on the implications of the First Minister’s announcement, and to discuss what this means for the future of our work in the performing arts, including current and future funding.
The meeting will be attended by Laura Mackenzie-Stuart, Head of Theatre at Creative Scotland and Hannah Frodsham, Team Leader Creative Scotland & Performing Arts at the Scottish Government, who will join us to hear your views and answer any questions you may have.
Your views will inform FST’s conversations with the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland and other decision-makers and we are keen that as broad a range of members as possible attend.
Is it for me?
Some of the detail may be most immediately relevant to organisations responsible for implementing mitigations. It is important, however, that the views of individual members are also heard. So, please do feel welcome to attend whether you are running an organisation or work as an employee or as a freelancer in the industry.