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Scottish Government confirms £25 million in additional emergency support for culture

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 at those who previously received support from these funds and those who were eligible but did not get support.”

Creative Scotland’s Iain Munro responded to the announcement:

“We welcome confirmation today from the Scottish Government of £25m in additional emergency funding to help cultural organisations in Scotland address the challenges they are facing due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We are now working to finalise the details of this funding, which will be offered as a further iteration of the Performing Arts Venues Recovery Fund and the Culture Organisations and Venues Relief Fund, and further details on eligibility and how to apply will be announced later next week.”

Creative Scotland is finalising the details for both these funds, and their presentation, in readiness for further announcements week commencing 6 June.