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Emergency Scottish Government relief funds continuing to reach Argyll and Bute performing arts venues

Performing arts venues across Argyll and Bute, including Dunoon Burgh Hall and the Victoria Halls in Helensburgh, have received a total of over £366,000 from the open call for applications to the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund through Creative Scotland. 

Awards made to Argyll and Bute performing arts venues as part of the £5million open call are as follows: 

  • Dunoon Burgh Hall, £180,307 
  • Live Argyll (including Corran Halls, Victoria Halls, Queens Hall Dunoon), £186,000 

Designed to support performing arts venues that cannot yet re-open due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Fund is helping to: 

  • remove the threat of insolvency prior to the end of March 2021 to enable the development and delivery of activity as soon as practicable 
  • allow for specialist / core staff to return from furlough or avoid redundancy to work on future sustainable activity plans  
  • increase commissioning and employment opportunities for freelance artists and creative practitioners (between now and end of March 2021) to support continued public engagement while closed. 

Iain MunroCEOCreative Scotland said: “Despite the ongoing, detrimental impact that the Covid-19 pandemic is having on Scotland’s performing arts venues, and on culture as a whole, it is positive that we can offer some funding to help venues navigate these extremely challenging times. I’m also encouraged to see that this funding will help venues across many different parts of Scotland where they form such an important part of the cultural life of local communities.” 

These Argyll and Bute venues are amongst 59 across Scotland sharing a total of £4.74million from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund’s £5million open call.  A full list of all 59 venues can be found on the Creative Scotland website.  

Jude HendersonDirector of the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) said: “We welcome the announcement of these emergency awards to performing arts venues across the country. The funds will help to support the vital work they do in serving communities, providing employment and showcasing Scotland's world class theatre and dance offer, much of which is created by our members.” 

Today’s news follows a recent award of £119,000 to Comar, the arts organisation formed by An Tobar & Mull Theatre, through the targeted strand of the fund. 

The Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund is one of a series of measures being put in place to help mitigate the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on the creative and cultural sector, including five new emergency funds which were announced by the First Minister on Friday 28 August and are being delivered through Creative Scotland as follows: 

  • The £15million Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund, which opened for applications on Thursday 17 September, with a deadline of today, Thursday 24 September. 
  • The £3.5million Independent Cinemas Recovery and Resilience Fund, which opened for applications on Monday 14 September with a deadline of Monday 5 October. 
  • The £5million Creative Freelancer Hardship Fund, for which we issued an open call for partner organisations to help us distribute this fund, was launched on Friday 11 September, and has a deadline of Friday 25 September. We aim to be able to distribute funds from October. The Screen element of these Hardship Funds opened for applications on Tuesday 22 September. 
  • The £5million Sustaining Creative Practice Fund includes £1.5million for the Culture Collective programme, mentioned in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, supporting organisations employing freelance artists to work in and with communities across Scotland. The remaining £3.5million has been added to Creative Scotland’s existing Open Fund which is open for applications from individuals now.  

The previously announced £2.2million Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund has reached 72 venues across Scotland including Oban live music venue, The View. Recipients were published on Tuesday 22 September and full information on awards made, can be found here

Updates on all emergency funds are being published regularly on the Creative Scotland website and publicised through media and social media communications. 

Contact Information

Katya Speight

Media Relations & PR Co-ordinator

Creative Scotland


Notes to editors

  • Creative Scotland is in discussion with Scottish Government regarding the reallocation of the remaining £260,000 of the £5million open call for Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund budget, to other emergency support.  
  • The Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund was launched by Scottish Government on Friday 3 July. The deadline for expressions of interest to the £5million open call was Wednesday 5 August 
  • Today’s announcement represents part of part of the Scottish Government’s announcement of Friday 28 August of £59million emergency funding for culture and heritage. That funding comes from the £97million in UK Government consequentials for the culture and heritage sectors. 
  • This is in addition to the £23.5million previously awarded through the Creative, Tourism, Hospitality and Hardship Fund and £128million through the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund
  • More information about Covid-19 funding and resources can be accessed via, and through Creative Scotland’s Resource Directory for COVID-19. 

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