Emergency funds continuing to reach performing arts venues

Published: 24 Sep 2020

Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund

59 venues across Scotland have received a total of £4.74million from the open call for applications to the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue 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 £15million Culture Organisation 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. Recipients were published on Tuesday 22 September and full information on awards made is available.

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


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