Twenty venues across Scotland, including Greenock’s Beacon Arts Centre, have received a total of £7.5m from the first strand of the Scottish Government’s £12.5m Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.
Designed to support performing arts venues that cannot yet re-open due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the fund is helping to:
Recipients of the second strand of the Performing Arts Venues Fund, an open fund of £5m, will be announced in due course.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:
“Theatres and performing arts venues are vital to individuals, communities and our country. Our performing arts venues effectively had to close overnight, with an almost complete loss of income. There is no doubt that in doing so they saved lives, and for that I am extremely grateful.
“We know the impact of this crisis will be long-term so ambitious action to support the future of these organisations, as well as our wider cultural infrastructure, is key. This funding will be a vital lifeline to help performing arts venues continue to weather the storm.”
Iain Munro, CEO, Creative Scotland said:
“There are significant challenges facing Scotland’s culture sector, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This funding for performing arts venues is much needed and will help organisations tackle these challenges but we are aware that budgets are finite and it is not possible to provide financial assistance to every organisation through this route at this time.
“The Covid-19 emergency funds announced for the culture sector so far are not, by any means, the end of the support to be offered and there will be more announcements to come, not least in terms of how the £97m Scotland has received for culture and heritage as a result of the UK Government’s funding package is to be applied. The precise nature of this is still being determined and, beyond what has already been made available, Creative Scotland is working closely with the Scottish Government to actively discuss further support for the culture sector, including for those who may not have received funding previously.”
1. Recipients of the first strand (£7.5m) of the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venues Fund are:
|Venue||Local Authority||Award Total|
|Aberdeen Performing Arts||Aberdeen City||£750,000|
|An Lanntair||Na h-Eileanan Siar||£100,000|
|Beacon Arts Centre||Inverclyde||£114,000|
|CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts||Glasgow City||£214,500|
|Citizens Theatre||Glasgow City||£100,000|
|Comar||Argyll and Bute||£119,000|
|Dance Base||City of Edinburgh||£256,200|
|Dundee Repertory Theatre||Dundee City||£480,907|
|Eden Court Theatre and Cinema||Highland||£750,000|
|Horsecross Arts||Perth and Kinross||£749,900|
|Macrobert Arts Centre||Stirling||£485,213|
|Pitlochry Festival Theatre||Perth and Kinross||£400,000|
|Platform (Glasgow East Arts Co)||Glasgow City||£75,400|
|Royal Lyceum Theatre Company||City of Edinburgh||£750,000|
|Shetland Arts Development Agency||Shetland Islands||£247,582|
|The Storytelling Centre/TRACS||City of Edinburgh||£213,000|
|Traverse Theatre||City of Edinburgh||£500,000|
|Tron Theatre||Glasgow City||£499,849|
2. Full details on the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund, including fund guidance and funding submissions, can be found on the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund page.
4. On Sunday 5 July 2020, the UK Government announced £97million funding for Scotland’s culture and heritage sector. On Thursday 9 July 2020, the Scottish Government announced a separate £2.2m fund specifically aimed at independent commercial music venues. On both of these, we are working with the Scottish Government and the sector as regards how funding will be accessed, with more details to follow.
5. The Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund is an important part of Creative Scotland’s ongoing response to the country’s creative community as a result of the immediate impacts being felt due to the COVID-19 outbreak:
6. Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.