Secure £ 65million Covid funding for Scottish culture and events


A £ 65million fund has been confirmed to support businesses, organizations and cultural events.

Culture Secretary Angus Robertson said the proceeds will go to support people in the area who have been affected by the pandemic.

The money includes the £ 20million in business support for culture and events that Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on December 14, as well as the £ 27million for culture and £ 17million for the events announced last week.

An additional £ 1million of under-spending from the existing events budget has also been added, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

“These additional funds will help protect the livelihoods of people working in the sector – and allow us to provide additional support to independents, cultural organizations, venues and our national performing companies,” said Robertson.

Government funding will be distributed in five ways.

A total of £ 31.5million will go to cultural businesses, organizations, venues and support for independent cinema and local venues.

The National Performing Companies – for Christmas losses and reallocation of touring funds – will receive £ 2million and freelancers £ 10million.

An additional £ 19.8million will be given to the events sector, while museums, galleries and heritage will receive £ 1.7million.

Creative Scotland, which supports the arts, screen and creative industries in all parts of the country, has launched a cancellation fund for independent creatives, which opens for applications at 2 p.m. Thursday.

The fund was set up to support creative freelancers working in creative industries who experience immediate financial hardship due to loss of income due to cancellations and postponements caused by Covid-19.

Creative Scotland Managing Director Iain Munro said: “Our freelance creative cancellation fund is live, with applications open from 6 January and more information on support for organizations and venues will follow. as soon as possible.”

The Scottish Government’s commitment of £ 19.8million to the events sector in Scotland has been praised by VisitScotland Director of Events Paul Bush.

He said EventScotland, which is part of VisitScotland, is currently working with the Scottish Government and the Event Industry Advisory Group (EIAG) to determine the best way to distribute the funding, adding that “details will be shared shortly”.

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