Support for parents and carers working in Scotland’s performing arts sector is to be bolstered by a new programme of research and events aimed at helping the industry retain talent.
Campaign group Parents and Carers in Performing Arts and industry body the Federation of Scottish Theatre have been given funding from the Scottish Government’s Workplace Equality Fund to help it develop a “Scotland-specific” initiative aimed at helping “performing arts businesses to attract, support and retain a more diverse workforce”.
PIPA co-founders and directors Anna Ehnold-Danailov and Cassie Raine said: “There are 73,000 people working in the creative industries in Scotland of which around 20,000 are considered to be working within the ‘arts’ subsector, many of whom will have caring responsibilities.”
They added: “There are challenges and opportunities that are unique to Scotland that this funding allows us to further investigate. We are looking forward to strategising with new and existing Scottish partners and working collaboratively to find solutions to increase access to work for parents and carers.”