Monday, 30 March, 2020
Emergency funding has been announced to help Scotland’s creative sector through the coronavirus crisis.
Creative Scotland has launched three new funding programmes designed to provide further support to sustain the country's creative community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
New bursaries, and supplementary funding, is being provided to support those most in need at this time, particularly those who are least likely to benefit from the recently announced Job Retention Scheme and Self-employment Income Support scheme.
The three new funds which have been announced are:
Announcing the new programmes, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:
'The impact of coronavirus is being felt everywhere, but the closure of cinemas, theatres, music venues and the many other places, combined with the high numbers of freelance and self-employed workers in the sector means the effects are particularly acute.
'It is vital we act now to help those whose income streams have been reduced to zero without warning.'
Creative Scotland advises would-be applicants to check the most up-to-date information and advice from the UK Government on its support programmes for the self-employed and freelancers before making a request for Creative Scotland finance.