Creative Scotland supports venues in the region in latest rounds of relief funding package announcements.

In August, Creative Scotland announced a series of measures being put in place to help mitigate the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on the creative and cultural sector, including five new emergency funds which were announced by the First Minister on Friday 28 August.

Sofar, the Grassroots Music Venues Stablisation Fund and Performing Arts Relief Fund have been announced – and out of the 131 venues in receipt of funds, 20 of the venues are from our network region, and 7 of these are members.

To find out more about the funds and who else has been supported, see below. 

Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund

Aimed at providing grassroots live music venues with the emergency funds to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and prevent closure, the £2.2million fund which launched on Thursday 3 September, received 98 applications totalling £3.2million. All 72 eligible applications have received funding.

Members of The Touring Network

Aros Centre £20,000.00 Highland

Non-members / From The Touring Network Region

Gellions Bar –  £35,900.00 – Highland

Hootananny – £40,000.00 – Highland

The Sound Archive – £10,870.00 – Orkney Islands

The Tooth & Claw – £16,000.00 – Highland

The View – £20,000.00 – Argyll and Bute

The Twa Tams – £37,500.00 – Perth and Kinross

Performing Arts Venue 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:

  • 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. 

Names marked * were previously awarded through the targeted part of the fund.

Members of The Touring Network

Dunoon Burgh Hall –  £180,307.00 –  Argyll and Bute

Birnam Arts Centre  – £116,563.00  – Perth and Kinross

Lyth Arts Centre –  £97,000.00 – Highland

Nairn Community and Arts Centre – £89,000.00 – Highland

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema* – £750,000 – Highland

Shetland Arts Development Agency* – £247,582 – Shetland Islands

Non-members / From The Touring Network Region

Linnhe Leisure Nevis Centre – £50,000.00 – Highland

Live Argyll Corran Halls, Victoria Halls, Queens Hall (Dunoon) – £186,000.00 – Argyll and Bute

Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall –  £150,000.00 – Orkney

An Lanntair – £100,000 – Na h-Eileanan Siar

Comar* – £119,000 – Argyll and Bute

Horsecross Arts* – £749,900 – Perth and Kinross

Pitlochry Festival Theatre* – £400,000 – Perth and Kinross

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