Call for Government to review arts funding

07 May 2011..Nanette Milne MSP North East Scotland / Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party pictured in the garden lobby during the MSP registration session. Pic - Mark Sutherland/Scottish Parliament
07 May 2011..Nanette Milne MSP North East Scotland / Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party pictured in the garden lobby during the MSP registration session. Pic - Mark Sutherland/Scottish Parliament

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East has called on the Scottish Government to undertake a review of funding by Creative Scotland after it was revealed that Aberdeen and the North East have received one of the lowest level of funding for arts projects from the Government body.

Figures for per capita investment in Creative Scotland’s three year funding round have shown that Scotland cities receive the following levels of funding:

Edinburgh: £79.72, Dundee £56, Glasgow £48.73, Inverness £23.98, Stirling £13.48, Aberdeen £9.90, Aberdeenshire £6, (Aberdeen City and Shire combined £7.99)

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East said: “It is clear that arts funding like with so many other areas of Scottish Government sees the North East being short changed.

“The SNP have developed a central belt bias which is already negatively impacting on funding for arts projects in the North East.

“It is time Scottish Government to undertake a review of funding by Creative Scotland and the wider allocation of arts funding in Scotland.

“It is also perhaps time for SNP Ministers to look again at the location of arts organisations and locating these outside of the central belt.”

Creative Scotland is an application based grant scheme in partnership with the Scottish Government.

Last October, Woodend Barn received £400,000 funding from Creative Scotland for the period 2015 – 2018 to support the creative programme.”