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EACEA National Policies Platform


8. Creativity and Culture

8.10 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 25 January 2021

Programme for Government 2020-2021


Scotland’s programme for government 2020-2021 outlines the steps being taken to support the culture industries within the restrictions of COVID-19. Part of the programme’s commitment states: 


As recommended by the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery, we will also create a ‘Culture Collective’’ to harness and maximise the contribution of Scotland’s creative workforce to the building of a wellbeing economy. In alignment with the Culture Strategy for Scotland – informed by the National Partnership for Culture and other national stakeholders – we will take an inclusive, partnership approach to supporting the communities, individuals and organisations hardest hit by the pandemic to fully participate in Scotland’s social, economic and cultural life.


As well as this, the programme discusses the impact of Brexit on the culture and creative industries in Scotland, and future actions that may be taken in light of this: 


The UK’s withdrawal from the EU means that Scotland can no longer contribute to Creative Europe. It is vital that we continue to have access to European creative networks and that Scotland’s contribution can continue. We will partner with the UK Government to develop a successor to Creative Europe, ensuring that Scotland continues to benefit from a productive reciprocal relationship with Europe.




There has been a wide range of responses to the implications of COVID-19 on creativity and culture in Scotland. Some of these are youth-specific and some apply to the general population. 


The National Partnership for Culture was established in June 2020 to deliver the Culture Strategy. The National Partnership for Culture (NPC) is made up of 14 experts from across Scotland’s culture sector. The group will advise on challenges facing the culture sector from coronavirus (COVID-19) and will build on the recommendations recently set out to the First Minister by the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery.


Creative Scotland created a COVID-19 funding and resources directory for those in the creative community. 


In May 2020, the government outlined a range of support for the culture and creative sectors that at the time of writing (December 2020) is ongoing. This includes the Creative Scotland Open Fund, the Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary, Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) Urgent Response Fund, and the Digital Resilience Fund. 


Additionally in November 2020, Edinburgh-based Film Access Scotland, who work with marginalised and hard to reach communities across Scotland to provide access to film and media activity and education, has received £40,744 in emergency funds from the Scottish Government’s Youth Arts funding package through Screen Scotland, to help ensure creative opportunities for children and young people continue despite the Covid-19 pandemic.