£1m arts funding boost for Aberdeen Performing Arts

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Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) has been given national backing for its vision for arts and culture in the city.

In the first round of its new Regular Funding programme announced today, Creative Scotland has granted APA £1m over three years as an organisation which makes an important contribution to the development of the arts and creative industries.

The funding is to enable APA to plan and deliver activities over a three year period from April 2015 and is the first time the company have been given a longer-term commitment from the national body.

Out of 264 applicants, APA is one of 119 to be successfully granted Regular Funding by Creative Scotland.

“This is fantastic news and a very exciting development for Aberdeen Performing Arts,” said APA Chief Executive Jane Spiers.

“It’s a vote of confidence in our company, our programme, our people and our plans for the future.

“But it is also great news for the city and the North-east - a city that’s invested in its artistic community is more interesting, more vibrant, more confident and more creative.

“This is step change for Aberdeen and supports our ambitions to put arts and culture at the heart of city life.”

The funding will make APA more sustainable, able to plan ahead with more certainty and the capacity to be more ambitious. It brings new partners to the table and connections to a network of Regular Funded arts organisations across Scotland

Specifically, the three-year funding means APA can introduce an associate artists’ programme to bring more artists and performers to live and work in the city, support local talent and help keep artists in the city and North-east, produce and commission more work in the North-east, develop The Lemon Tree as a production hub for theatre and new writing and develop APA’s role and venues as a festivals hub for the region.

In addition, Regular Funding is another step towards achieving the company’s ambitious £7m regeneration project for the city’s historic Music Hall.

“We will also be able to look at more international programmes and exchanges,” said Jane. “We’re especially keen to explore our connections and links with the Northern Arc countries – Scandinavia, the Baltic and Canada.

“This is also an investment in youth arts and young people in Aberdeen and will be a tremendous boost to our youth theatre and our youth music programmes.

“It gives us scope to reach new audiences and develop our digital capacity.”

Creative Scotland’s Regular Funding programme aims ensure the country has a wide range of arts and creative organisations through which artists and creative people can deepen and deliver their work, their engagement with the public, and their professional networks.