What would you do if you were First Minister for a day?

The Herald

05 May 2024

by Andrew Learmonth

Jack Gamble, Campaign for the Arts

I’d significantly increase support for Scotland’s artists and cultural organisations.

Scotland excels in the arts. It’s home to internationally-celebrated artists and institutions, and to the largest arts festival in the world.

But so much is at risk.

Despite the Scottish Government’s commitment to ‘more than double’ investment in culture, this year’s budget is 6% smaller in real terms than it was in 2022-23.

Without new funding by October, Creative Scotland could be forced to reject over half of the organisations currently applying for support.

The arts make life better and Scotland richer. They’re a wise investment for any First Minister.