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Emergency Scottish Government relief funds continuing to reach performing arts venues

59 venues across Scotland have received a total of £4.74million from the open call for applications to the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund through Creative Scotland. This follows £7.5m previously awarded to 20 venues through the targeted part of the fund.  

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 Munro, CEO, Creative 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.” 

Jude Henderson, Director 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.” 

Recipients of the open call for the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund are:   

Applicant name 

Venue(s) name 

Funding amount 

Local Authority 

Alhambra Theatre Trust 

Alhambra Theatre 




The Webster (Arbroath), Reid Hall (Forfar) and Montrose Town Hall 



Assembly Theatre Ltd 

The Roxy 


City of Edinburgh 

Ayr Gaiety Partnership 

Ayr Gaiety 


South Ayrshire 

Birnam Arts Centre 

Birnam Arts Centre 


Perth and Kinross 

Brunton Theatre Trust 

The Brunton Theatre 


East Lothian 

Capital Theatres Trust 

Festival Theatre and Kings Theatre 


City of Edinburgh 

Castlegate Arts 

Aberdeen Arts Centre 


Aberdeen City 

Charlies Rennie Mackintosh Society 

Queen's Cross  


Glasgow City 

Culture and Leisure NL 

Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre Complex, Airdrie Town Hall, Bellshill Cultural Centre 


North Lanarkshire 

Duncan Mackinnon Music and Arts Trust 

Mac Arts 


Scottish Borders 

Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust 

Dunoon Burgh Hall 


Argyll and Bute 

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure 

Eastwood Park Theatre 


East Renfrewshire 

Eastgate Theatre (Peebles) Ltd 

Eastgate Theatre 


Scottish Borders 

Edinburgh City Council 

Usher Hall  


City of Edinburgh 

Falkirk Community Trust  

Falkirk Town Hall 



Fife Cultural Trust 

Adam Smith Theatre, Lochgelly Centre, Rothes Halls, Carnegie Hall 



Glasgow Life 

Glasgow Royal Concert Halls/Fruitmarket and City Halls, Kelvingrove Bandstand 


Glasgow City 

Glenkens Community and Arts Trust 



Dumfries and Galloway 

Guild of Players 

Dumfries Theatre Royal 


Dumfries and Galloway 

Leisure and Culture Dundee 

Caird Hall 


Dundee City 

Leith Theatre Trust 

Leith Theatre 


City of Edinburgh 

Linnhe Leisure 

Nevis Centre 



Live Argyll 

Corran Halls, Victoria Halls, Queens Hall (Dunoon) 


Argyll and Bute 

Live Borders 

Heart of Hawick 


Scottish Borders 

Lyth Arts Centre 

Lyth Arts Centre 



Nairn Community and Arts Centre 

Nairn Community and Arts Centre 



Out of the Blue 

Out of the Blue 


City of Edinburgh 

Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall 

Pickaquoy Centre 


Orkney Islands 

Queen's Hall 

Queen's Hall 


City of Edinburgh 

Queen Margaret Union 

Queen Margaret Union 


Glasgow City 


The Regal, Bathgate 


West Lothian 

Renfrewshire Leisure 

Paisley Arts Centre 



South Lanarkshire Culture and Leisure Ltd 

The Town House (Hamilton), Rutherglen Town Hall, Lanark Memorial Hall, East Kilbride Village Theatre, East Kilbride Arts Centre  


South Lanarkshire 

St Margaret's Trust Braemar 

St Margaret's 



Stirling Council 

Tolbooth and Albert Halls 



The Buccleuch Centre 

The Buccleuch Centre 


Dumfries and Galloway 

The Byre (University of St Andrews) 

The Byre 



The Dundee Whitehall Theatre 

The Dundee Whitehall Theatre 


Dundee City 

The Garret Mask and Puppet Centre Trust Ltd 

The Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre 


Glasgow City 

West Lothian Leisure 

Howden Park Theatre 


West Lothian 





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 £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 Venues Stabilisation Fund has reached 72 venues across.  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

Claire Thomson

Media Relations & PR Officer

Creative Scotland

+44 141 302 1708


Notes to editors

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. 

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