Most regularly funded Edinburgh organisations to benefit from Creative Scotland funding

The Council has welcomed an overall increase in funding for Capital-based arts groups, following an announcement from Creative Scotland.

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Responding to the decisions made by the national arts body this week (Thursday 25 January), Edinburgh’s Culture Convener Councillor Donald Wilson acknowledged confirmation of £40,319,901 towards Edinburgh-based organisations as good news for the city, but expressed disappointment and concern for those who were unsuccessful.

He said: “Against a backdrop of reduced public-sector budgets and National Lottery support, Creative Scotland’s commitment to maintain funding levels is good news for the sector.  As the beating heart of Scotland’s cultural and creative scene, Edinburgh is home to more than a third of the organisations set to receive funding. Together, I am glad to see them receive over £40.3m – or 40% of the RFO budget, an increase in excess of £1m for the city – which is positive news.

“Spanning theatre, dance, music, visual arts and screen projects, the funding will support 39 Capital-based organisations over the next three years including the Stills Gallery and Creative Edinburgh, which will receive regular funding for the first time. While their news is to be welcomed, there is of course disappointment for those who were unsuccessful.

“I am of course concerned to see that, having previously received support, UNESCO City of Literature Trust, Festival City Theatres Trust, Lung Ha’s Theatre Company and the Fringe applications were not successful. These are Council-supported organisations, so we are in touch with them directly in order to understand the impact of the decisions, and their next steps including potentially applying for Creative Scotland Open Funding or the newly announced £2m Touring Theatre Fund, should they be eligible.”

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