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Culture Committee Launch Inquiry into Public Funding of the Arts.

Image  © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

 
 

In Brief: The Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee is seeking written submissions on the future of funding for the arts in Scotland.

 

More Info:

  • Follows a previous inquiry into Creative Scotland’s handling of the Regular Funding round for 2018-2021 last year.

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

  • The call for written views will close at 8.00pm on Friday, 12 April 2019.

 
We now want to hear from as many people in the sector to really get a view of what more can be done to support artists and the wider sector in Scotland for the long term, including what we can learn from other countries.
— Joan McAlpine MSP (CTEEA Convenor)
 

The Inquiry

The Committee’s inquiry will consider wider issues relating to the future of funding for arts organisations and, in particular, artists and cultural freelancers in Scotland. The Committee therefore welcomes views on two overarching issues:

  • What would a sustainable model of funding look like? 

  • How should that funding be made available to artists?

Culture Counts are encouraging our members and the wider culture sector to respond with their views.

 

Background

The full context of the Inquiry can be found on the Committee page online here. A brief section;

“The Committee notes developments at the national level to raise the profile of cultural activity in Scotland, which may enable enhanced scrutiny of spending on culture and the arts across the country. This includes the inclusion of culture as a new national outcome in the Scottish Government’s national performance framework and the Scottish Government’s forthcoming culture strategy.

The Committee also recognises that local authorities play an important role in the funding of the arts and cultural activities in Scotland. The Committee is aware that there is an ongoing debate about the level of local authority spending on culture across Scotland and that cultural provision is not a statutory duty for local authorities. The Committee 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.

Through its work on the Regular Funding 2018-21 inquiry, the Committee is also aware of the pressures faced by artists and cultural freelancers in Scotland.”

 

Respond

The Committee welcome views on the following issues:

  • What are the major threats to sustainable funding of the arts in Scotland?

  • What are the main challenges for artists and cultural freelancers in obtaining funding in Scotland?

  • What measures could the Scottish Government take to ensure a sustainable level of funding for the arts?

  • How could Scotland be innovative in attracting greater funding for the arts?

  • How should public money be made available to support artists and cultural freelancers in Scotland, including any relevant international examples of best practice?

  • What factors should be considered and how should decisions be made about which artists or cultural freelancers should obtain public funding in Scotland?

The call for written views will close at 8.00pm on Friday, 12 April 2019. Before making a submission, please read the privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee.

Written responses should be sent, in the template format below to the following mailbox: CTEEA.inquiries@parliament.scot. Ideally written submissions should be no more than four sides of A4.

 

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