The RSE has responded to the Scottish Parliament Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee inquiry on Funding for Culture.
The response highlights that the ongoing health crisis has had an uneven, detrimental impact across the board in the culture sector. Emergency funding provided by the Scottish Government has helped cultural organisations survive during the last two years, however, cultural organisations continue to operate with limited reserves and ongoing funding support from the Government is needed to ensure resilience in the sector. The level of funding that the Scottish Government will allocate to culture in the Budget for 2022-23 should reflect the importance of culture and heritage to society.
In allocating funding, the Scottish Government should consider the needs of various actors such as public and private culture organisations as well those of the individuals working in the sector. We recommend that the Scottish Government considers new frameworks for funding that provide continuous investment in culture and heritage.
There is now an opportunity for the Scottish Government to mainstream culture across different policy areas, as indicated in the culture strategy. Experience from the last two years has highlighted the contribution of culture to key sectors, including but not limited to health, education and the economy.
Dame Seona Reid DBE