Council and Tattoo partner to open new Culture Fund for Edinburgh

A £50,000 fund to support performing arts projects opens for applications today (Friday 6 October).

The Fund is a pilot partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council and Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It will allow grants of approximately £5,000 to be awarded to organisations creating new work in Edinburgh, thanks to a generous £50,000 charitable donation towards the Council’s Culture Fund Project from the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The partnership extends the support available to artists in the city for locally produced performing arts projects, by helping to cover some of the costs artists face when developing new work.

Brigadier David Allfrey, Chief Executive and Producer of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said: “Now that the dust has settled on what was another spectacular year for the Tattoo, we are able to take stock of how we can continue to invest in the people and organisations which help to make the Show happen. Today’s announcement cements our dedication to supporting the next generation of creative talent, some of who are at the heart of our event, as well as contributing to the care for veterans – something which is very important to us as an organisation.

“Each year we look to make the Tattoo more incredible than the last for our international audience and, if we can make a surplus, it is a huge privilege to be able to support. Our sizeable and sustained charitable donations really have become one of our principal ‘reasons for being’.”

Councillor Ian Campbell, Depute Convener of Culture and Communities at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the benefit of the city’s performing arts community.

“The Tattoo has a long and proud tradition of supporting organisations with charitable donations, and plays a hugely influential role within our cultural sector. It is recognition of this and in support of the grassroots arts projects operating year-round in the city that we are working with the Tattoo.

“Their generous donation of £50,000 will significantly increase the project development opportunities available to the sector.

“It follows the success of the recently launched Council Culture Project Fund, which this year provided £61,020 towards a number of locally produced projects.

“We look forward to opening the new fund for applications on Friday.”  

The fund is open to any constituted organisation and applicants are encouraged to seek partnership support and apply for the exact funds needed. It is also open to organisations already in receipt of Council support. Applications close on Wednesday 8 November 2017 at 12 Noon and will be judged by a panel of industry specialists.

Find out if you are eligible to apply here.

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