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.
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.
Following our Additional Members’ Meeting on Thursday 22 April 2021 we created a short survey for all members on your initial thoughts, feelings, and response to the news of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions over the coming months, and their impact upon the sector.
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.
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.
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.
On 2 March 2021, FST submitted a letter to the Cabinet Secretary to update her and the Scottish Government on the current situation of our members and to request further support to sustain our sector as it continues to be impacted by the financial crisis caused by Coronavirus.
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 […]
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.