Nightclubs to receive share of new culture fund

Scottish Government announced the new fund today

THE Scottish Government has announced that nightclubs are to receive a share of a new £15 million fund.

The Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund, announced by the Scottish Government today (August 28), will “provide critical support to a range of businesses such as art galleries, studio facilities, comedy venues, large music venues, commercial theatres, orchestras, dance companies and nightclubs”.

The fund will be administered by Creative Scotland, with further details on the application process expected next week.

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said the funding would “provide much needed emergency support and aid the recovery”.

Creative Scotland chief executive, Iain Munro, said: “We appreciate the challenges that everyone working in culture is facing and are pleased to now be able to offer some clarity.

“Creative Scotland will continue to work at pace to deliver this emergency funding to where it’s needed as quickly as possible.”

The announcement followed calls from Scottish nightclub operators for aid, with one operator telling SLTN earlier this week that the sector felt “abandoned and badly let down”.

There is currently still no indicative opening date for nightclubs in Scotland.