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SCAN prepares submission for parliamentary arts funding inquiry

SCAN is currently preparing a submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee (CTEEA) on the future funding for the arts in Scotland.

The Committee, headed by Joan McAlpine MSP, opened their inquiry earlier this month, and has set a deadline of Friday, 12 April for evidence from individual artists and practitioners as well as organisations. They’ve set out a series of questions on their website (link below), as well as a template to use.

We’ve been reviewing our existing research, as well as gathering views in a range of ways – including at our recent Summit, as well as by email, phone and face to face with members, so that we’re confident in capturing the right picture for our submission.

If you have any points you’re keen for us to address in our submission, or would like guidance on making your own submission, please do get in touch on [email protected] give us a call on 0141 553 5406

What is the inquiry looking for?
The Committee welcomes views on:
• What are the major threats to sustainable funding of the arts in Scotland?
• What are the main challenges for artists and cultural freelancers in obtaining funding in Scotland?
• What measures could the Scottish Government take to ensure a sustainable level of funding for the arts?
• How could Scotland be innovative in attracting greater funding for the arts?
• How should public money be made available to support artists and cultural freelancers in Scotland, including any relevant international examples of best practice?
• What factors should be considered and how should decisions be made about which artists or cultural freelancers should obtain public funding in Scotland?
The Committee also told us that they are particularly interested in the following:
• Examples of best practice from other countries
• Ideas on how to move away from the current funding cycle
• Feedback on how funding works at both national and local level


Inquiry Link

Date: 29 March 2019