Scotland’s £21m for culture and freelancers
The Scottish government is committing £21m in a support package for cultural and events organisations and freelancers hit by cancellations in the latest Covid crisis.
The money, part of the £100m packaged announced last week to compensate business affected by cancellations.
In the package, £10.2m is for cultural organisations and venues to be administered by Creative Scotland, £2.8m for the events supply chain to be administered by EventScotland and £8m for the Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers to be administered by Creative Scotland - creative freelancers can apply for between £500 and £2,000 from the fund which opens at 2pm on Thursday, January 6.
Image shows Edinburgh’s traditional Hogmanay event, cancelled this year
“Culture and events continue to be among the sectors hardest hit by Covid-19 as the emergence of a new variant is once again causing disruption and uncertainty” said Angus Robertson, culture secretary. “The steps we’re asking the public to take to minimise the spread of the virus are having a severe financial impact on the sector at a time when they were just beginning to recover from previous waves of the coronavirus.
“This £21 million in additional funding is vital to support culture and events organisations and protect the livelihoods of the people who work in the sector.”