Scots arts cuts less than feared

Creative Scotland to lose less than 1%

Scottish government cuts to arts funding have been less than feared, according to analysis of draft budget documents.

Creative Scotland will have its funding cut by just £100,000, from £32.2 million to


 Funding for the five national performing companies - the National Theatre of Scotland, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra – will remain at £22.9m.

Total funding for museums, including the National Galleries of Scotland, the National Museums of Scotland and the National Library - is down £78.6m to £77m.

Earlier this year, Creative Scotland had warned that it faced an “uncertain budgetary future” and that funding for its Regularly Funded Organisation portfolio, might be cut. Initial projections for the 2017/18 budget had suggested that Creative Scotland could lose as much as £500,000.  But in a statement, Creative Scotland said that the smaller cut will enable it to continue funding the 118 Regularly Funded Organisations in 2017/18.

“We also plan to fund five sector development organisations (Arts & Business, Cultural Enterprise Office, Culture Republic, Creative Carbon Scotland, and the Federation of Scottish Theatre),” said a spokesman.

 Sir John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, said: “It remains a challenge to balance budgets against a background of record numbers of visitors to our Galleries as well as the increasing costs of protecting and caring for our world-class collections.

Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said, "This is a strong budget for our Culture sector, particularly set against the backdrop of the UK Government’s failure to bring an end to austerity and a real terms cut to Scotland’s day to day budget."



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