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Creative Scotland launches ‘bold’ 10-year plan

- 9 April 2014

Creative Scotland has announced a 10-year plan and revamped funding approach for Scotland’s creative industries. The new model, which is the result of input from more than 1,000 artists and organisations, has made funding processes simpler, with just three streams for applications: regular funding for organisations for at least three years; open project funding for individuals and organisations; and a small number of targeted development funding programmes aimed at delivering shared goals with partners.

In a report, Creative Scotland said the scheme would ‘unlock the potential’ of the country’s arts, screen and creative industries and sets out ‘clear ambitions’ for the future, according to the agency’s chief executive Janet Archer.

Named Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition the plan outlines five targets that will frame the work of Creative Scotland over the next 10 years and sets out 15 priorities which will be immediate targets for the next three years.

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Creative Scotland: Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition

The plan follows three open sessions held last November where people and interested parties were invited to hear about the work in progress and voice their own opinions.

Now that the scheme has been finalised, a series of nine information sessions will be held across the country to help anyone in the arts hear about the strategy and learn about funding.

Pauline McLean, the arts correspondent for BBC Scotland, said: ‘This time round, [Creative Scotland] are keen to stress they’re listening to artists and arts organisations. Over a thousand were consulted in a series of sessions around the country. The result: a new website, simpler guidance, and a choice of three funding pots, instead of 300. The first, which offers regular funding on a three year basis, goes live tomorrow.

‘Film will still have a separate ringfenced budget but, in theory, it should be simpler and quicker to apply for funding, whatever your art form.

‘So far, many organisations have given a quiet nod of approval and see it as a step in the right direction. But there’ll be further consultation across the country over the next three months – so if there are complaints, they can be heard.’

The plan follows complaints that the funding body was over-complicated and bureaucratic. In 2012, tensions over funding and changes in the system caused a public row which led to the resignation of previous CEO, Andrew Dixon.’

Janet Archer said: ‘Today marks an important moment for the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland. Our plan is bold and it is vital that we work in partnership with people and organisations across Scotland to deliver its ambition.’

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