14 Organisations Awarded £800,000 Cashback for Creativity Funding

Published: 05 Nov 2014

Over £800,000 of Strategic Funding Awarded

14 organisations delivering high quality arts activities nationwide

CashBack for Creativity today announces that 14 organisations across Scotland will benefit from CashBack for Creativity Strategic funding from 2014-16, as part of Phase 3 of the programme:

Organisation CashBack Award Area of Delivery
Bauer Media £63,032.00 National
Dance Base £35,000.00 Edinburgh
Eden Court £50,000.00 Highlands, Moray, Shetland, Eilean Siar
Firefly Arts £65,000.00 West Lothian
GMAC Film £65,000.00 Glasgow
Impact Arts £65,000.00 North, South and East Ayrshire
Kibble Education & Care Centre £26,365.00 National
Moniack Mhor £44,750.00 Highlands
Scottish Dance Theatre/DCA/Dundee Rep £160,000.00 Dundee and Angus
Screen Education Edinburgh £60,000.00 Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians
Station House Media Unit £55,000.00 Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
Voice of My Own £49,972.00 Borders
YDance £49,625.00 National
Youth Theatre Arts Scotland £60,000.00 National
 

CashBack for Creativity is a three year (2014-16) programme, part of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities Programme, which reinvests the proceeds of crime back into communities to benefit Scotland’s young people. It supports a range and breadth of creative organisations across Scotland, making a vital contribution to the current health and future development of the youth arts, screen and creative industries.

The programme offers a wide range of activities and training opportunities which this year will be expanded to include all art forms including: dance, film & digital media, music, visual art, drama, literature and creative industries, for young people throughout Scotland, aged 0-25 years.

Phase 3 of the CashBack for Creativity programme will deliver three strands that contribute directly to the aims of the CashBack programme:
 
The CashBack for Creativity Strategic Fund 2014-16
Budget: £848,744

The CashBack for Creativity Strategic Fund will deliver a programme of learning and developmental activities which improve skills and confidence, but also raise aspirations and provides pathways for further learning, training, education and employment. This fund will be delivered through a portfolio of projects in partnership with a range of carefully selected organisations.
 
The CashBack for Creativity Open Arts Fund 2014-15
Budget: £200,000

The CashBack for Creativity Open Arts Fund will be delivered in partnership with YouthLink Scotland. This programme will enable local organisations across the country to apply for funding of up to £10,000 to deliver a range of high quality arts activities (dance, drama, film, literature, music, visual arts) in areas where there is identified need.

The CashBack for Creativity 2014-16 Training and Employability Strand
Budget: £100,000

The CashBack for Creativity Training and Employability Scheme will develop specially tailored Creative Industries training programmes in partnership with Further Education institutions across the country. This programme will be delivered in partnership with the College Development Network and participants will be referred through liaison with youth agencies. As part of Phase 3 of the CashBack for Creativity programme Glasgow Clyde College has been awarded £100,000 to deliver the Future Textiles programme. Future Textiles will address employment needs of the textile industry by providing experiential learning for young people, generating opportunities for employment with reference to vocational skills in the creative textile sector. The project works closely with local and national industry to develop opportunities for young people to progress through the training programme directly into employment or further training. A number of employers are already committed to the project thereby ensuring the key objective can be met.

In July 2014, Cabinet Secretary for Cultural Fiona Hyslop announced new funding of £3million for CashBack for Creativity, an increase of a third from the previous funding period, which is being distributed across 2014-16 through the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme, which redistributes the proceeds of crime to benefit young people.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

“Through Cashback for Communities, the Scottish Government has reinvested more than £74 million recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act, back into communities to benefit Scotland’s young people.

“In particular, the creative strand of Cashback is helping thousands of young Scots to access life-changing opportunities to boost their skills, improve their employability and reach their full potential through engagement with creativity and the arts.

“I welcome these projects being announced today to help a range of arts organisations across Scotland make a real difference to the lives of our young people using part of the £3m three year fund. This is a reflection of this government’s wider commitment to ensure all of our young people have access to arts and culture.”

Leonie Bell, Director of Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland, said:

“Over the next three years, the CashBack for Creativity programme will enable approximately 20,000 young would-be filmmakers, dancers, musicians, artists, actors, writers and digital enthusiasts to work in professional settings with experienced practitioners, helping to inspire them to achieve their potential in their future careers.

“This programme is a great way of reaching young people who may not usually be exposed to such opportunities. The funding will help organisations to support these young people in their area of interest, providing them with skills and knowledge, helping to improve their confidence and broaden their horizons.”

The CashBack for Creativity programme will also be linked to other key initiatives such as the Youth Arts Development Hubs, the National Youth Arts Strategy – Time to Shine, the Youth Music Initiative and the Creative Learning Plan.

Some key facts about the fund include:

  • Overall budget of £3m
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  • 45 organisations:
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  • 30 organisations funded through Open Funding strand, via Youthlink Scotland
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  • 14 organisations funded through Strategic Funding strand
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  • One organisation funded through Training & Employability strand
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  • A number of organisations will produce work which will have an impact across Scotland, as well as within their local area
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  • Representation across visual art, dance, film & digital, music, theatre, literature and creative industries.

Throughout 2011-2013, £2.25 million was distributed via CashBack for Creativity, providing over 15,000 opportunities for over 600,000 young people in Scotland to participate in arts activities they would not have otherwise had access to.

Past programme participants have included Yutsil Martinez who began making short films with the Screen Education project in 2011; Paul Reynolds who earned a placement at Edinburgh’s DanceBase where he discovered a passion for dance and performing arts; and Jemma Tweedie who gained invaluable performance experience via the Scottish Music Centre’s Hit the Road programme.

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Notes to Editors

1.    ABOUT TARGETED FUNDING

Targeted Funding addresses specific activities and development needs in a sector, specialism, and/or geographic area, and is shaped in response to sectoral reviews, strategic planning and consultation with external partners. Funds allocated by the Scottish Government for specific purposes (such as the Youth Music Initiative, and Cashback for Creativity) and lottery funds for Film and Television development also sit within Targeted Funding.  These funds are open to application. A small number of targeted programmes will focus on delivering shared strategic goals with partners. creativescotland.com/funding/targeted-funding

2. ABOUT CASHBACK FOR CREATIVITY
CashBack for Creativity is part of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme, which reinvests the proceeds of crime back into communities to benefit Scotland’s young people. In 2011, Creative Scotland was awarded £2.25 million from the CashBack programme to deliver a three year programme of dance, film and music activities for young people in communities of need across Scotland. Due to the success of the programme during this period, the programme has been awarded a grant of £3million, allocated through the CashBack for Creativity programme over three years from 2014-2017. The CashBack for Creativity programme will also be linked to the Youth Arts Development Hubs, the National Youth Arts Strategy – Time to Shine, the Youth Music Initiative and the Creative Learning Plan.

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  creativescotland.com/funding/cashback-for-creativity

3. CASHBACK FOR CREATIVITY 2014-17 FUND STRANDS

·   CashBack for Creativity Strategic Fund:

The Strategic Fund will deliver a programme of learning and developmental activities to improve skills and confidence, whilst also raising aspirations and providing pathways for further learning, training, education and employment.

This fund will be delivered through a portfolio of selected projects in partnership with a range of organisations. This will enable the support of longer term projects and provide opportunities for more sustained engagement in the arts.

The CashBack for Creativity Strategic Fund hopes to involve approximately 1,500 young people each year, with an anticipated 80% progressing into positive destinations including further education qualifications and employment.

Selected organisations have been invited to apply to the 2014 Strategic Fund based on geographic and strategic need. These awards will be made in September 2014.

· Youth Arts Fund:

The Open Arts Fund will be delivered in partnership with YouthLink and is based on the successful CashBack for Creativity Open Dance fund model. This programme will enable local organisations across the country to apply for funding of up to £10,000 to deliver a range of high quality arts activities (dance, drama, film, literature, music, visual arts) in areas where there is identified need.

These will be short/medium term projects (up to a year) aimed at developing skills and interests and motivating young people to engage and sustain participation in positive activities.

This programme will deliver a diverse range of activities across Scotland, through a wide range of art forms and partner organisations, increasing the level of provision and accessibility to high quality creative opportunities for young people.

The CashBack for Creativity Youth Arts Fund hopes to attract approximately 50 successful applicants each year from across Scotland with approximately 5000 young people will engaged with annually as part of this fund. This fund will go live in August, please sign up for our newsletter for more details: cashbackforcommunities.org/

· CashBack for Creativity Training and Employability Scheme:

The Training and Employability Scheme will develop specially tailored Creative Industries training programmes in partnership with Further Education and Higher Education institutions across the country.

This programme will be delivered in partnership with the College Development Network and participants will be referred through liaison with youth agencies. Specially designed introductory courses and training specific to the Creative Industries as well as activities which will enhance participants’ employability and awareness of job opportunities available within the creative and cultural industries will be developed.

It is anticipated that this scheme will involve and 3-4 Further /Higher Education institutions and around 350 young people over the duration of the programme from all over the country. Details of the confirmed Training and Employability partners will be made available over the coming year.

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 enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

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