Response to FST letter re: funding crisis from Angus Robertson, received on 2 November 2023
Hugely disappointing news of the reinstatement of the 10% cut to Creative Scotland that everyone in the culture sector worked so hard to reverse earlier this year.
FST Information Sharing Session Presentation
Find out more about FST’s recent advocacy and the planned info sessions which are open to the performing arts sector, members and non-members. There are also links to websites which will help you find your MSPs and approach them regarding the budget cuts.
Sent on Friday 27 January 2023, the letter calls on the Scottish Government to reverse the proposed cut to Creative Scotland and reasserts the value of culture and the impact of the current economic climate on the performing arts.
FST is dismayed by the decisions outlined in the newly announced 2023/24 Scottish Government budget, including reduction in funding to Creative Scotland of over 10%. This follows long-term under-investment in the sector, the impacts of the COVID pandemic, and is happening during the worst cost crisis Scotland has experienced in decades. The effect on the […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
The Garfield Weston Foundation has opened its specialist Culture Fund for mid-scale/larger organisations operating within the UK. Organisations must be able to demonstrate a minimum annual income of £500,000 in a pre-COVID year, this cannot include income relating to capital projects.
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.