Creative Scotland Publishes Annual Plan for 2014-15

Creative Scotland,
12 June 2014, Scotland

Today, Creative Scotland publishes its Annual Plan for 2014-15, detailing the organisation’s activities for the year, budgets and performance measures.

The Annual Plan explains how we will deliver our work to support the ambitions and priorities set out earlier this year in Creative Scotland’s 10-year shared plan, Unlocking Potential, Embracing Ambition.

Janet Archer, Creative Scotland’s Chief Executive, said:

“In line with our continued commitment to transparency and clarity, I am delighted to see the publication today of our Annual Plan, where we set out the work that we will deliver, how we will measure our performance and our budgets for the year.

“Importantly, the Annual Plan demonstrates how our work this year contributes to the ambitions recently set out in our 10-year shared plan, helping to unlock potential and embrace ambition.

“This is an exciting and important year where we roll-out our new funding approach, with the Regular Funding Programme already open for applications and the new Open Funding routes to follow in October.

“In 2014/15 we will be conducting reviews of both the literature and the visual arts sector and developing new strategies for arts, film and the creative industries. We will also be producing a strategy for our international work, conducting an equalities review and developing a framework for artistic assessment.

“This year also sees Scotland’s largest ever cultural programme taking place across Scotland in celebration of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and we will also see the Youth Arts Hubs come to life as part of the youth arts strategy, Time to Shine.

“Our budgets for 2014/15 are designed to ensure as much of our funding as possible is used to fund people and organisations across the sectors we support in Scotland.

“We have reduced the number of ‘managed funds’, now known as Targeted Funds, that have existed in previous years, as part of our policy of making as large a proportion of our funding as possible available for open application.

“We are also pausing on any new large capital awards during the delivery of our current capital programme.

“We want to ensure balance between the level of forward commitment that these projects require and maximising revenue support through our regular, open and targeted funding routes making the most of the resources available, to the benefit of arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Annual Plan and our budgets can do so at our website here.

This will be followed, next week, with the publication of a series of companion pieces that draw together our thinking and sector ambitions for different artforms and specialisms across the arts, screen and creative industries. Each has been produced through dialogue with sector representatives as well as specialist staff from Creative Scotland.