Emergency funds reach Culture Organisations and Venues

Published: 05 Nov 2020

Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund

A broad range of 203 organisations and venues across Scotland have received a total of £11.75million in emergency support through the Scottish Government’s Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund. Support has been provided to a range of venues and organisations working in comedy, festivals, music, nightclubs, performing arts, publishing, visual arts as well as the cultural support infrastructure.

Designed to protect jobs and support the sustainability of organisations threatened with insolvency by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, eligibility criteria and guidelines for applying to the Fund were published on Thursday 10 September ahead opening for applications on Thursday 17 September. 348 applications were received totalling over £22million.

This is the first tranche of awards to be made from this Fund, which is being delivered through Creative Scotland, and a further announcement will follow regarding the remaining applications and funds within the next two weeks.

Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop said: “The Scottish Government is determined to do everything within our powers to see the sector through this crisis.

“This emergency funding will provide vital support to a wide range of cultural organisations and venues across Scotland currently facing extreme challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has been designed specifically to help organisations cope with the immediate issues they are facing and to help save jobs.

“I am pleased to see such a wide range of organisations supported, from comedy clubs and theatres to galleries and production companies.”

Iain Munro, CEO, Creative Scotland said: “The funds being announced today offer some further welcome support to help protect jobs across a wide range of businesses in Scotland.

“The negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on Scotland‘s creative and cultural sector are clearly ongoing, and we will continue to keep focussed, with the Scottish Government and other partners, on helping those people and organisations in most need.”

Recipients of funding from the Scottish Government’s Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund, so far, are:

Organisation (Trading name)Local Authority AreaAward
21CC Group Limited West Lothian £134,722
373 Sauchiehall Ltd (Mango Tropical) Glasgow City £130,000
A Live Sound LTD  Glasgow City £95,000
A Modern Way Limited City of Edinburgh £10,000
Aberdeen Stage Crew Ltd Aberdeen City £39,804
Adlib Audio Limited Renfrewshire £148,000
The Admiral Bar Co Ltd Glasgow City £75,000
afrobeats Dundee City £20,700
Agile City CIC Glasgow City £26,612
The Albany Theatre (Greenock) Limited  Inverclyde £40,000
All or Nothing Dance Aerial Theatre City of Edinburgh £30,000
Alyson Orr LTD West Lothian £10,000
AM Lighting Ltd Dundee City £25,000
Apex Music International LTD East Dunbartonshire £22,500
Arrifana Ltd Glasgow City £61,828
Art in Healthcare City of Edinburgh £12,500
Artemis Scotland Ltd Dumfries and Galloway £17,500
Assembly Festival Ltd City of Edinburgh £150,000
The Audio Lounge Glasgow City £18,000
AudioCP Ltd Glasgow City £20,000
Autauric ltd (PCL) Glasgow City £88,286
Bath Street Entertainment Ltd (Lola's) Glasgow City £100,000
BELMONT BARS LTD (The Sanctuary) Glasgow City £150,000
Beyond Presents Ltd Highland £25,000
BGS Productions Ltd North Lanarkshire £16,000
Big Hand Events Ltd East Ayrshire £28,560
Birnam CD Limited, Perth and Kinross £30,000
Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Centre Scotland Ltd. City of Edinburgh £15,000
Bunbury Banter CIC Dumfries and Galloway £16,788
Cabaret Express East Renfrewshire £14,200
Celery AK (The Buff Club) Glasgow City £45,000
City Falkirk Limited Falkirk £140,000
Clara House Ltd (Caley Bar/Bar57) Aberdeenshire £50,000
CLS ABERDEEN Aberdeen City £59,000
Coda Production Services Ltd Glasgow City £10,000
Collective Gallery Ltd City of Edinburgh £144,620
Comic Enterprises Ltd (The Glee Club) Glasgow City £128,495
Community Central Hall Glasgow City £31,500
Cryptic Glasgow Ltd Glasgow City £70,000
Cutting Edge Theatre City of Edinburgh £15,000
Dave Miller Dumfries and Galloway £10,500
David Dale Gallery & Studios Glasgow City £10,000
DD Tours Dundee City £20,000
Dechomai Ltd Glasgow City £12,500
Deveronside Community Social Club Aberdeenshire £50,000
DH Promotions Ltd North Lanarkshire £25,000
DM Audio Ltd East Lothian £105,000
Edinburgh International Magic Festival Ltd City of Edinburgh £13,199
Edinburgh Printmakers Limited City of Edinburgh £100,000
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop City of Edinburgh £98,434
Edinburgh Showtec East Lothian £150,000
Electric Theatre Workshop Ltd.  Dumfries and Galloway £84,809
Elephant Sessions Highland £10,000
The Emerging Artists Partnership Ltd Glasgow City £14,000
Encore Bars Ltd (Bourbon) City of Edinburgh £55,000
The Epic Group (The Ministry/Paramount/The Priory) Aberdeen City £100,000
ESP Music Rentals Limited Glasgow City £52,980
Fair Pley Limited Glasgow City £35,000
Fatherson Music Limited City of Edinburgh £18,659
FE LIVE AUDIO LTD Renfrewshire £142,000
The Ferry Limited Glasgow City £80,000
Festival Beverage and Property Services Ltd City of Edinburgh £45,198
Flashlite Technical Services Ltd Glasgow City £70,000
FLY EVENTS LTD City of Edinburgh £50,000
The Friends of The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust ( SCIO) Glasgow City £20,000
The Fruitmarket Gallery Ltd City of Edinburgh £208,167
Fubar Stirling Ltd Stirling £145,000
FUNBOX LTD Perth and Kinross £40,000
Fusion Concerts Ltd Falkirk £26,000
Gardyne Theatre Ltd Dundee City £15,000
Geezit Ltd. Glasgow City £116,000
George Walker Event Management Limited Aberdeenshire £73,118
Glasgow Lunchtime Theatre Glasgow City £100,000
The Glasgow Markets Glasgow City £11,596
Glasgow Photography Group Ltd Glasgow City £46,550
Glasgow Sculpture Studios Ltd Glasgow City £55,000
Grand Ole Opry (Glasgow) Limited Glasgow City £75,000
The Green Door Studio Community Interest Company Glasgow City £10,800
Groove Tunnel Midlothian £18,394
Hebridean Celtic Festival Trust Ltd Na h-Eileanan Siar £20,000
Hidden Door Charitable Company City of Edinburgh £30,000
Highland Bar Services Ltd (Playhouse, Nairn) Highland £20,000
Hope Consulting Services (Scotland) Ltd Dundee City £10,500
Hopscotch Theatre Company Glasgow City £12,000
Hospitalfield Angus £85,000
House for an Art Lover Glasgow City £60,000
Inhouse Event Solutions CIC Glasgow City £22,000
Inner Ear Glasgow City £15,000
Innes and Campbell Communications (formerly Hannah Innes Communications)  Glasgow City £15,000
Innes John Bolt (Opal/Eastside/Lulu) City of Edinburgh £150,000
International Entertainment Holdings City of Edinburgh £145,750
International Purves Puppets South Lanarkshire £35,000
Jendagi Productions Limited East Renfrewshire £150,000
JONES AND POHL LLP City of Edinburgh £18,000
Just Like Flying Ltd (CC Blooms) City of Edinburgh £53,500
Kaka Kazz (Boteco do Brasil ) City of Edinburgh £25,000
karaoke express East Renfrewshire £11,619
Karwacki Ltd (The Barony) City of Edinburgh £75,000
KATHRYN JOSEPH SOLO Glasgow City £10,000
Kevin McMahon Magic City of Edinburgh £10,000
Kiss Nightclub Moray £47,088
Knockengorroch Dumfries and Galloway £38,654
KSG Sensors Limited Glasgow City £40,000
Limelight Music Glasgow City £28,800
Limelights UK LTD Highland £130,000
The Liquidroom Ltd City of Edinburgh £150,000
MacGregor's Bar Highland £30,000
Mambo Bars & Clubs Edinburgh Ltd (El Barrio) City of Edinburgh £102,000
Manorview Investments Ltd (30s/Sugar) Renfrewshire £150,000
Mànran Ltd East Renfrewshire £35,000
Marco's Leisure Ltd (The Corn Exchange) City of Edinburgh £100,000
Margaret McIver Ltd (Barrowlands) Glasgow City £250,000
Markev Limited (Kokomo) Glasgow City £149,000
Michael Murison T/A Audiowave  Dundee City £10,000
Monkey Barrel Comedy Ltd City of Edinburgh £150,000
Morsecode Management Ltd Renfrewshire £25,000
Mr Ian T Muir South Ayrshire £14,138
Mr Louis McMahon Trading as LAMF North Ayrshire £20,000
Music at Paxton East Lothian £10,000
Music Base Limited City of Edinburgh £33,000
Music in Hospitals & Care City of Edinburgh £110,997
Neil Adams PR Limited City of Edinburgh £15,000
Nethergate Pubs Limited (Society) Fife £70,000
Nicol street ltd, (The Duchess of Kirkcaldy) Fife £34,582
NMBRS LLP Glasgow City £40,000
North Edinburgh Arts  City of Edinburgh £23,554
North Lands Creative Glass Highland £45,000
PACE Theatre Company Renfrewshire £75,000
Paragon Power Services Limited South Lanarkshire £150,000
Pavilion Theatre (Glasgow) Ltd Glasgow City £150,000
Perth Festival of the Arts Limited Perth and Kinross £16,000
Pitch Village Limited Perth and Kinross £30,000
Project Ability Glasgow City £35,000
Protec Angus £10,000
Purple Sand Limited (The Garage) Glasgow City £150,000
Pyr Productions Limited City of Edinburgh £14,500
Radge Media  City of Edinburgh £113,000
Raw Material Arts Limited Glasgow City £20,000
Regular Limited City of Edinburgh £75,000
Robert Heatlie t/a Colorsound Studios City of Edinburgh £10,000
Rockhouse 666 Limited (Cathouse) Glasgow City £150,000
Rogue Village Productions Ltd East Lothian £10,000
Rollerstop CIC Glasgow City £66,000
Room 2 Manoeuvre East Lothian £10,000
Rowanbank Environmental Arts & Education  East Lothian £10,000
Rumba Kazz (Boteco de Brasil) Glasgow City £100,000
S & G ABERDEEN LTD (Cheerz Bar & Nightclub) Aberdeen City £140,000
S M Lighting Scot Ltd Glasgow City £90,500
Salt 'n' Sauce Promotions Ltd. (The Stand) City of Edinburgh £250,000
Scoozi r us (The Shed) Glasgow City £75,000
Scotia Arts Ltd South Ayrshire £10,000
Scotpanel Display Ltd North Lanarkshire £50,000
Scottish Comedy Agency Ltd Glasgow City £10,000
Scottish Youth Theatre Ltd Glasgow City £71,671
SEALL  Highland £44,000
Selba Group Ltd (St Vincents) Glasgow City £80,000
Sets In Motion Limited Aberdeenshire £21,500
Shaper  Caper Ltd Dundee City £26,271
Signature Works Scotland Ltd (Pitchers) North Ayrshire £77,000
Skerryvore Ltd (Oran Mor) Glasgow City £250,000
SKERRYVORE MUSIC LTD (Band) East Dunbartonshire £20,000
Slam Events Ltd Glasgow City £65,000
Smalltown Audio Ltd South Ayrshire £10,000
Soulisquoy Printmakers Orkney Islands £10,000
Sound Acoustic Productions Ltd Glasgow City £120,500
SOUTHSIDE FRINGE CIC Glasgow City £25,000
Stills Ltd City of Edinburgh £38,100
Storytelling PR LTD City of Edinburgh £35,000
The Stove Network Ltd Dumfries and Galloway £29,500
Strathearn Artspace SCIO Perth and Kinross £30,000
String them up ltd Glasgow City £10,000
Stuart McCredie Stirling £19,315
Swings & Roundabouts Glasgow City £10,000
Tardis Enterprises Limited (AXM) Glasgow City £70,000
TGC Leisure Ltd (Aura/Fat Sams plus others) Dundee City £150,000
Think Circus CIC City of Edinburgh £15,107
Three Stroke Two LTD Glasgow City £10,000
Tickets Scotland Ltd City of Edinburgh £80,000
Tin Roof Dundee City £11,000
Tiree Music Festival CIC  Argyll and Bute £34,000
Tivoli Theatre Company Ltd Aberdeen City £150,000
Toremar Ltd  (BAaD) Glasgow City £125,000
Tortoise in a Nutshell City of Edinburgh £11,000
Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland City of Edinburgh £15,605
TV Events Limited City of Edinburgh £150,000
TwentyTwo Promotions Glasgow City £10,000
Twisted Artists Limited Glasgow City £20,000
two have wits ltd Glasgow City £20,000
Unique Events ltd City of Edinburgh £100,000
Venice of the North LTD Glasgow City £15,000
Venturayr Ltd South Ayrshire £12,000
The Village Storytelling Centre Glasgow City £12,500
VISION MECHANICS City of Edinburgh £29,850
VSL Scotland Limited Dundee City £30,000
Watercolour Music Ltd Highland £10,000
Wearethedolls Ltd West Dunbartonshire £59,724
Welcome Home Glasgow City £15,500
Westbeach Limited (Cosmopol) Glasgow City £80,000
Whitecart Group Ltd (Savoy) Glasgow City £150,000
Wickenburg Ltd (Firewater) Glasgow City £105,000
Yo Soy Group Limited (Paradise Palms) City of Edinburgh £10,000
Total   £11,751,844

View the awards by sector and local authority area.

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


The Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund is one of a series of emergency funds from the Scottish Government being delivered by Creative Scotland to help mitigate the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on the creative and cultural sector. The emergency funds announced by the First Minister on Friday 28 August are as follows:

  • £5million Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers, which opened for applications on Monday 26 October. The £700K Screen element of these Hardship Funds opened for applications on Tuesday 22 September and closed on Friday 2 October. The Fund - which has been enhanced to £8million from an additional £3milion from the Scottish Government announced on Tuesday 3 November - will reopen for further applications on Tuesday 10 November.
  • £3.5million Independent Cinemas Recovery and Resilience Fund, which opened for applications on Monday 14 September with a deadline of Monday 5 October. Recipients were announced on Tuesday 3 November.
  • £3.5million additional funds for Creative Scotland’s Open Fund which is open for applications to individuals and organisations on a rolling basis.
  • A £3million Youth Arts funding package comprising of at least £1.2million through the Access to Youth Arts Fund open to applications until Thursday 12 November; £700,000 Small Grants Scheme which opened on Thursday 24 September until Monday 2 November; £50,000 assigned to the Time to Shine Nurturing Talent Fund, and an additional £1,050,000 allocated to support a number of targeted national and local area youth music and wider youth arts organisations. Assessments of applications to the targeted strand of this fund are underway and decisions are being communicated
  • £1.5million for the Culture Collective programme (part of the £5million Sustaining Creative Practice Fund, referred to in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government), supporting organisations employing freelance artists to work in and with communities across Scotland. The programme launched on Tuesday 3 November.

Previously announced funds from the Scottish Government are:

The Scottish Government emergency funds being administered through Creative Scotland are part of the Scottish Government’s announcement of Friday 28 August of £59million emergency funding for culture and heritage. That funding comes from the £97million in UK Government consequentials for the culture and heritage sectors.

This is in addition to the £23.5million previously awarded through the Creative, Tourism, Hospitality and Hardship Fund and £128million through the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund.

More information about Covid-19 funding and resources can be accessed via FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot, and through Creative Scotland’s Resource Directory for COVID-19.

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