The Creative Funding programme supports a range of creative activity in contemporary art, music, dance, theatre, spoken word, heritage and filmmaking in Aberdeen. The projects deliver the ambitions of the Culture Aberdeen 10-year plan and align with the Local Outcome Improvement Plan. In 2019-20, 45% of all applicants received funding.
This year applications were reviewed by an independent panel that included a mix of city residents, artists and representatives from academic, private, third and cultural sectors.
This resulted in 49 proposals being funded, consisting of 29 organisations and 20 individuals being awarded £225,896 in total. Collectively these projects contribute £399,929 in additional funding to the city.
The applications were assessed against 6 criteria (page 5e of CF guidelines) and proposals from not-for profit organisations (up to £15,000) and individual artists from Aberdeen (up to £2000) were welcome. Applicants were invited to two open advice sessions or could book an individual appointment to discuss their proposal prior to the funding deadline.
This year Creative Funding will support projects that:
- Offer creative learning opportunities to 300 children aged 3-7 in city nurseries, to experience quality performances and educational activities about the environment.
- Celebrate the work of Scottish traveller Stanley Robertson through the development of new resources and education programmes.
- Aid young people who are not in education to engage with visual art, visit cultural venues in the city and create an exhibition, removing barriers to access.
It will support a music initiative for homeless people in Aberdeen.
The funding will provide a safe environment for service users to express themselves through group singing, removing social barriers and improving mental health and wellbeing – Aberdeen Cyrenians.
It will also offer training to a local music and performance organisation for 11 local practitioners to deliver an arts award for 65 young people aged 5-25 who have additional support needs and are part of an integrated group.
The award from Aberdeen City Council will enable Music 4 U to give all our students, including those with additional support needs and those without, the opportunity to gain nationally recognised and accredited Performing Arts Award qualifications - Music 4 U.