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Scottish Government announces further funding for culture to tackle Covid-19 impacts
Today the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a further £59m for the cultural sector as part of the £97m received as consequentials from the UK Government in July.
Detail provided on the Creative Scotland website includes:
• £5 million to address the immediate financial hardship faced by creative freelancers
• £5 million to support artists to continue developing new creative work that will make a significant contribution to Scotland’s recovery from COVID-19, including £1.5 million for the Culture Collective programme to support organisations employing freelance artists to work in communities across Scotland
• £15m Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund for organisations and venues including art galleries, studio and production facilities, comedy venues, large music venues, commercial theatres, orchestras, dance companies and nightclubs.
Sturgeon said that the £15m Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund aimed to ‘protect jobs, increase opportunities for freelancers, remove the threat of insolvency and support a viable sustainable future for organisations and venues.’
She added: ‘Our cultural heritage sectors are hugely important to our economy but they’re also really important to our wellbeing and happiness as a country’.
We will be looking at the detail, scope and timescales for the funds very closely as more emerges next week.