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17 August 2017

Government Support

 

Scottish Government, creative industries and arts organisations

Culture, Europe and External Affairs Directorate

This is the directorate responsible for investing in Scottish arts, culture and historic environment to enhance Scottish communities and economic prosperity. It also pursues Scottish interests in Europe and internationally. The relevant Government personnel are Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, and Dr Alasdair Allan MSP, Minister for International Development and Europe. The directorate is managed by Ken Thomson, Director-General Strategy and Operations, and Karen Watt, Director, Culture Europe and External Affairs. See the Scottish Government website and the Directorate's blog.

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. It aims to enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. It distributes funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. See the Creative Scotland website.

Scotland's Creative Industries Partnership (SCIP)

SCIP was established in 2009 by the Scottish Government and is chaired by Creative Scotland. The membership of SCIP comprises national public agencies that work together to support the development of the creative industries in Scotland. SCIP meets quarterly to: share intelligence, research and knowledge on the creative industries; provide advice on and co-ordinate a strategic response to needs and opportunities; and clarify and signpost agency support. See the Creative Scotland website for minutes of its meetings and other relevant information about SCIP.

 

UK Government

Some policy areas reserved at UK level particularly affect the creative industries in Scotland including intellectual property, VAT, tax reliefs, employment and trade negotiations. The UK's exit from the European Union will, of course, also be dealt with by at a UK level and Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged a UK-wide approach. The recent inquiry by the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee took place before the EU Referendum.

 

The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into the creative industries in Scotland 

This inquiry into the creative industries in Scotland was launched to focus on some of the reserved policy areas highlighted by the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee and to look at how the interests of the creative industries in Scotland are represented at a UK-level.

The Publishers Association and Publishing Scotland submitted written evidence.

The inquiry's report was published on 18 January 2016: The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee Creative industries in Scotland Second Report of Session 2015-16.

See also

The Government Response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2015-16: First Special Report of Session 2016-17 was published on 17 June 2016. The Government welcomed the Report and its recognition of the success of the Scottish creative industries saying the UK Government and its agencies are committed to working with the Scottish Government to help the sector continue to grow in Scotland.

See also the Committee Chair's comments of 21 June 2016 on the Government's response.

 

Official Statistics

Official Statistics measuring the number of jobs in the Creative Industries (broken down by a number of characteristics) alongside the value of exports from the UK Creative Industries. Revised 4 July 2016. See the UK Government website.