Thanks go to Nicola Sturgeon and Fiona Hyslop for £59m rescue package for arts in Scotland – Angus Robertson
With many culture venues facing bankruptcy, the Scottish Government has stepped in and announced a significant £59 million intervention.
The national heritage agency Historic Scotland will receive more than £21m, while £15m is being allocated to help businesses running arts organisations and venues.
Independent cinemas are in line for £3.5m in support, while a £5m hardship fund will be made available for freelance workers in the creative industries. An additional £5m is being allocated for artists to secure new work during the recovery from coronavirus and £3m for youth arts initiatives.
The financial intervention comes within days of concerns being raised about the viability of venues, including the popular Stand Comedy Club in central Edinburgh, which had attracted the support of high-profile performers including Frankie Boyle, Janey Godley, Matt Forde, Kevin Bridges and Fern Brady.
Last week I wrote about the very real threat to the Stand Comedy Club in this column, with redundancy notices being in the offing.
Hopefully the Scottish Government announcement will help this venue and others to get through the quiet winter season and into the new year, when, fingers crossed, things can begin to properly recover.
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