Creative Scotland restores Dunedin Consort grant in funding u-turn2:37, 6th February 2018
Creative Scotland is to restore long-term funding to five key organisations.
The arts funding body had been widely criticised for its decision to cut 20 arts companies from its list of Regularly Funded Organisations, but has now returned Dunedin Consort, Birds of Paradise, Catherine Wheels, Lung Ha and Visible Fictions to the list for 2018-21.
Stellar Quines, already included in the 2018-21 list, will also have its budget returned to standstill levels (£528,000).
The funding organisation said it had been ‘listening carefully to feedback from across the arts sector and the wider public’ and has decided to allocate £2.6m of additional funds to Regular Funding 2018-21, in order to enhance the network. These funds will be transferred from Creative Scotland’s targeted budget and from a saving in transition funding made through adding organisations to the Regular Funding network.
The Regular Funding network 2018-21 now consists of 121 organisations receiving funding of £101,623,507 over the three-year period April 2018 – March 2021.
The Dunedin Consort will now receive £300,000. Chief executive Alfonso Leal del Ojo described himself as ‘delighted’, thanking everyone who voiced their support and relayed their concerns to Creative Scotland and to Scotland’s culture secretary. He added: ‘This funding will enable us to deliver our programme of performances and events across Scotland, including the planned expansion of our outreach programme within schools and with young performers.’
Ben Thomson, interim chair of Creative Scotland, said: ‘We have reviewed our budget for Regular Funding and, within the limits of the alternative funds available to us, we have been able to re-allocate £2.6m over three years, allowing us to include five further arts producing organisations in the network. We have also reaffirmed our commitment to other funding, which will include touring; equalities, diversity and inclusion; and new support for artist led work.
‘I would like to acknowledge the dedication of Creative Scotland staff throughout this process. I would also like to thank the Scottish Government for replacing funding lost to Regular Funding through falling National Lottery income enabling us to support more organisations through Regular Funding than ever before.
‘However, I also appreciate that, even now, these decisions do not address all of the issues currently being raised by individual applicants. I am sorry that, in this process, some will be disappointed by our decisions.
‘Everyone at Creative Scotland is committed to working positively and collaboratively with those involved in arts and culture in Scotland, whether in the Regular Funding network or not, providing support to build on the success of a thriving sector.’
The u-turn was generally well received. Music journalist Kate Molleson tweeted: ‘Glad (obviously!) that
@CreativeScots has seen sense re these fine companies. Glad a funding body can hold up hands and admit mistakes / genuinely listen to feedback. But wow it should not have happened this way. Undignified, unprofessional process.’
However, composer Stuart McRae noted: ‘Still some other fine companies and orgs left out too. The words “root” “branch” and “review” spring to mind.’