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Support for creative industries and heritage

Funding, support and guidance to help those operating in the creative industries and heritage sectors recover from the challenges of COVID-19


Find out about support available now for those operating in the creative industries sector. 

  • New 20 October: Scotland on Tour fund This fund is for professional musicians who have lost earnings as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The fund is not designed for those who practice music as a secondary career. Applications must be received before 6pm on Monday 22 November 2021.
  • 23 August: Touring fund for live music announced Musicians, bands, artists and venues will be able to apply to a £750,000 Scottish Government fund, expected to open in October 2021, to bring new and additional concerts to venues and festivals in Scotland next year. Scotland on Tour will support the staging of concerts across the whole nation from between January 2022 and January 2023. Details of how artists and venues apply will be announced shortly. Registrations of interest to the fund can be now be recorded by emailing
  • 03 May: Market and Festival Attendance Fund is being delivered through Screen Scotland. During this period of COVID-related restrictions on travel, the Market and Festivals Fund will only be open for writers, directors and producers taking part in online events. Whilst this means that costs for travel and accommodation cannot be included in an application, costs such as accreditation and access costs including childcare are eligible. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There are no deadlines, however, decisions will take up to four weeks from the date your application is received. 
  • 23 March: Scotland's Creative Digital Initiative is a new £1 million digital support programme for creative and cultural businesses. It's been established to provide support to creative and cultural businesses to help them develop their digital capabilities in response to the limitations imposed by Covid-19. Focused on the needs of SMES and micro-businesses, it builds on some existing programmes of support as well as providing grants to enable organisations and businesses to invest in skills and resources.
  • 03 March: Association of Independent Music Immediate Access Crisis Fund The AIM Immediate Access Crisis Fund provides hardship payments of up to £1,000 to freelancers and contractors in the independent music industry whose income has been severely affected due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. 
  • 22 January: Creative Scotland Covid 19 Resource Directory To help members of Scotland's creative community who have been affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Creative Scotland have put together an A-Z list of relevant funding opportunities and other resources.
  • 18 January: Musicians Union Coronavirus Hardship fund The Musicians' Union is offering grants of up to £200 from their £1 million Coronavirus Hardship Fund for members who are experiencing genuine and pressing hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
  • Open fund: Sustaining Creative Development Creative Scotland has launched the Open Fund to enable individuals and organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. Funding is available of between £1,000 - £50,000 from a total of £7.5m of National Lottery money. Find out more on the Creative Scotland website

Year round specialist advice 

XpoNorth is continuously updating information and advice to support the sector, sharing knowledge via video, podcast, and blogs whilst also hosting webinars and ‘hangouts’ to answer questions.  

The year round specialist advice service continues as normal and is accessible via the XpoNorth website. 

Businesses can also request a Digital Dashboard to ‘at a glance’ monitor platform activity and inform their digital strategy.

Visit the XpoNorth website 


Guidance for those operating in creative industries

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