Audience agency in Scotland closes

Axe falls after Creative Scotland grant cut

Another arts organisation has fallen victim to the fall out from Creative Scotland’s funding cuts earlier this year. Audience development agency Culture Republic has announced it will close next month.

The organisation, which was founded 14 years ago, says the decision follows the loss of their £350,000 grant from Creative Scotland and the "lack of clarity" about the future role of audience data in Scotland. Culture Republic had been given a £175,000 transition payment.

Julie Tait, chief executive of Culture Republic, paid tribute to the organisation’s 15 staff and said, “We have worked across the country and with inspiring cultural organisations to help understand, attract and diversify their audiences, but were also in the uncomfortable position of competing with them for RFO (regularly funded organisation) funds.”

She added, We will work with Creative Scotland in the short time available to ensure that the audience insight and trend data we have gathered over the last 14 years – including our innovative software development, digital hub and online tools – are preserved where possible.”

Earlier this year Scottish public arts body NVA closed after losing its grant from Creative Scotland.

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