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Funding opportunity to benefit the cultural future of the city

12/10/12

An awards programme aimed at supporting the professional development of individuals and organisations involved in the city's cultural sector is being offered by Aberdeen City Council.

Anyone who is employed, self-employed, board member or a volunteer in Aberdeen can apply for funding of up to 500 towards an activity or training which develops their knowledge and skills.

Aberdeen City Council's Convener of Education, Culture and Sport Committee Councillor Jenny Laing, said: "The Arts and Creative Industries professional development awards form part of this council's commitment to the continued development of the cultural life of the city.

"I would encourage anyone involved in the arts to apply as this funding provides a great opportunity for individuals and organisations to develop their expertise which will not only benefit them but all of us in Aberdeen."

Previous award recipient Karen Young added: "Attending the 'Skill Up' for Youth Theatre training has had a great impact on me both personally and professionally. The workshops led by highly respected professionals in performance and youth arts have helped me to understand my place in the profession and in Aberdeen's cultural future.

"Not only has the training broaden my horizons of potential projects and ways to challenge young people, but it also opened lines of communication with other arts organisations in Scotland."

For more information and to download an application pack please log onto www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/vibrantaberdeen or
email vibrantaberdeen@aberdeencity.gov.uk or telephone (01224) 523805.

Applications for the grants can be made up until Monday 17 December 2012.

This award scheme is linked to the city's 'Vibrant Aberdeen', Aberdeen's Cultural Strategy for 2010-15.