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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.

FST and leading performing arts venues call on the Scottish Government to urgently review current social distancing requirements for the sector.

With the furlough scheme ending in September, many freelancers across the sector still excluded from support and desperate for work, and audiences indicating they are confident and keen to return, action is urgently needed to enable venues to play their role in the recovery of the economy, jobs and the nation’s wellbeing.

Scottish Government updates Protection Levels

On Tuesday 13 April 2021, the Scottish Government published further updates to the COVID-19 Strategic Framework – Protection Levels. These updates include new information for live events which are of relevance to you as an FST Member.  Both the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts and Venues Guidance and the Events Sector Guidance pages are expected to be updated in the coming days to reflect this information.

Creative Scotland response to Scottish Budget 2021/22

Following the Scottish Government’s draft budget announcement on 28 January 2021, Creative Scotland (CS) released a positive statement acknowledging that their budget, despite a small cut, remains broadly stable at £60million.

PiPA Scotland publish ‘Impact Report’

PiPA Scotland have published their inaugural Impact Report. This report outlines the work of PiPA’s pilot project in Scotland which took place between November 2019 to September 2020.

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers opens

Creative Scotland’s Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers is now open as of 12pm on Monday 26 October. The aim of this fund is to support creative freelancers, working in Scotland, who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Youth Arts emergency funding announced

The Scottish Government today announced the launch and opening of the Youth Arts Access Fund. The fund will be administered by Creative Scotland and is the first of several to be created as part of the £3 million set aside for Youth Arts in the Scottish Government’s culture and heritage emergency funding package.

Culture Organisations & Venues Recovery Fund launches

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.

Its primary aim is to protect jobs and to support the sustainability of organisations threatened by insolvency in the short to medium term.

Scottish Government emergency funding – Sept 2020

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.

“Throw us a line” on Tuesday 11 August

On 11th August, the live events industry across the UK will come together in solidarity to host a series of creative action to help save the live events and entertainment sector, which is on the verge of collapsing without financial support from the government.