Phil Miller: Shake-up in funding hits arts groups
The Herald, Friday 18 May 2012
ARTS companies last night expressed fears for their future after one of the most significant revamps of cultural funding in recent years.Creative Scotland, the nation's main arts funding body, has reviewed and changed the funding basis of 75 companies and agencies across the country.The companies, encompassing theatre, the visual arts, traditional music, dance and festivals, were informed late on Wednesday night they now fall into three categories and will be funded on a project-by-project basis, on a yearly basis, or as one of the body's longer-term Foundation Organisations.Forty-nine companies, including notable names such as the CCA in Glasgow, NVA, The Common Guild, Vanishing Point, the Talbot Rice Gallery and Grid Iron, are now on project funding, a money pot which could support one project or up to two years' funding.Twenty-two companies, including major festivals such as Celtic Connections, GI, the St Magnus Festival in Orkney, and the Edinburgh Fringe, are now on annual funding while three companies, the Highland Print Studio, Edinburgh Printmakers and Cumbernauld Theatre, have become new Foundation Organisations. One company is no longer making work [what a euphemism!].