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Scotland’s £90m annual funding to be scrutinised by culture committee

Scottish Parliament. Photo: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament
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Scotland’s annual £90 million state funding for the arts is to be scrutinised by the Scottish Parliament’s culture committee.

The committee has launched an inquiry into arts funding in Scotland and issued a call for written evidence on what a sustainable model of funding would look like and how that funding should be made available to artists.

It follows the committee’s investigation in 2018 into the specifics of Creative Scotland’s handling of the current (2018-21) round of regular funding.

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Creative Scotland receives £90 million in public money a year, 70% from Holyrood and 30% from the National Lottery, for its three funding routes: regular funding, open project funding and targeted funding.

In evidence to the committee in February 2018, Creative Scotland’s then head, Janet Archer, confirmed that it was “committed to a root-and-branch review of how we fund”.

The committee’s new inquiry will consider wider issues relating to the future of funding for arts organisations and, in particular, artists and cultural freelances in Scotland.

In its call for evidence, the committee said it “would like to understand more about the public and private sources of funding available for the arts and what can be done to ensure that a sustainable funding model is in place for the long term”.

It points out that it has already taken evidence on the competition for funding, hurdles that exist in applying for it and how individual artists had to compete against network organisations in the most recent regular funding round.

The committee says that it wants to “understand more about what can be done to address access to and distribution of funding, including international examples of best practice, to ensure that Scotland continues to develop and support artists and cultural freelances”.

Full details of the call and how to submit evidence are available on the The Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee’s website.

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