Culture Counts
The Collective Voice of Scotland's Cultural Sector


Placing culture at the heart of policy making.




 What we do.

Culture Counts works on behalf of a group of core members to place culture at the heart of policy making. The organisation and its members are committed to working openly and collaboratively. Collectively we increase the profile of culture; aligning, aggregating and amplifying the sector across policy areas.

Go to our Useful Facts page to find out about the value of the cultural sector. Read our past reports submissions here.

— Why we do it.

The cultural sector has economic, social and environmental benefit to life in Scotland. When we speak with a collective voice, policy makers hear, understand and value the sector.

Find useful facts about the value of the sector here.


— Who we are.

Members are the major umbrella organisations across Scotland's arts, screen, heritage and creative industries. The group formed in 2011 to advocate for the value and importance of culture to life in Scotland. Our members list is available here.


— How we do it.

Culture Counts is unincorporated. Our members agree policy and communications which are overseen by a Steering Group. Read our letters and reports submitted to policy makers and parliamentary committees here. Culture Counts employs two people part time; Jennifer Hunter (Executive Leader) & Andy Robertson (Communications Manager).

Current Steering Group:

  • Julia Amour – Festivals Edinburgh

  • David Francis – Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland

  • Diarmid Hearns – National Trust for Scotland

  • Brenna Hobson - National Theatre of Scotland

  • Jude Henderson – Federation of Scottish Theatre

  • Marion Sinclair – Publishing Scotland

The Federation of Scottish Theatre provides secretariat functions for Culture Counts.




Executive Leader

Jennifer Hunter

Contact Jennifer about policy, advocacy and membership.

Communications Manager

Andy Robertson

Contact Andy about communications, events & research.



Culture Counts members are the major arts, screen, heritage and creative industries organisations in Scotland.