Minister makes ‘gold-plated’ pledge to restore arts funding

Arts Professional

11 Oct 2023


Jack Gamble, Director of the Campaign for the Arts, said that while he welcomed the Scottish Culture Secretary’s commitment, the cuts would still be “hugely detrimental”.

He said: “Creative Scotland’s reserves were meant to throw a lifeline to those unsuccessful in their next funding round. This broken promise from the Scottish government means 40% of those reserves are now gone – and that will have consequences.

“The £6.6m that Creative Scotland has been forced to spend this year will not be reimbursed by the “gold-plated” commitment for next year. Ultimately, artists, organisations, the economy and the people of Scotland will all be worse off from this decision.”