An end of year message from our CEO, Iain Munro

Iain Munro

There is no doubt 2020 has been the most extraordinary and difficult of years and, as it draws towards a close, I think of how much the Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone, and with sadness for those who have died or have lost loved ones.

Following the onset of the pandemic back in March, it was immediately clear that the creative sector would be severely impacted by the necessary restrictions that needed to be put in place to protect public health.

With the support of the Scottish Government and the National Lottery, we very quickly adapted our operations and resources to prioritise the delivery of emergency funding to people and organisations across the sector.

That continues, and I particularly want to pay tribute to my colleagues in Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland who are so committed and passionate about what they do and are working tirelessly to provide that vital support.

Those working in the sector continue to show great resilience and adaptability in the face of the ongoing challenges brought about by Covid-19, however, the very welcome news of vaccine availability heralds an increasingly brighter future in the months ahead.

I’m sure we are all looking forward to the time when we can gather again in our theatres, music venues, galleries, cinemas, at festivals and anywhere else where we can once again enjoy, share and celebrate the wonderful art and creativity that is so important to our lives and for which Scotland is rightly renowned around the world.

Until then, continue to look after yourselves, your family and friends.

With very best wishes for a peaceful and safe festive period,