Twenty venues across Scotland have received a total of £7.5m from the first strand of the Scottish Government’s £12.5m Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund. The funding has been distributed to performing arts venues in Scotland currently in receipt of Regular Funding through Creative Scotland.
Recipients of the second strand of the Performing Arts Venues Fund, an open fund of £5m, will be announced in due course.
Aberdeen Performing Arts and Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh have both been awarded £750,000 as has the Highland’s Eden Court Theatre.
Dundee Rep and Glasgow’s Tron Theatre have been awarded just under £500,000 each, while Pitlochry Festival Theatre has received £400,000.
The money has been awarded throughout Scotland, including £247,582 for Shetland Arts Development Agency and £100,000 for An Lanntair on the Isle of Lewis.
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:
- remove the threat of insolvency prior to the end of March 2021 to enable the development and delivery of activity as soon as practicable
- allow for specialist / core staff to return from furlough or avoid redundancy to work on future sustainable activity plans
- increase commissioning and employment opportunities for freelance artists and creative practitioners (between now and end of March 2021) to support continued public engagement while closed.
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.”