SHETLAND Arts has secured £750,000 in funding from Creative Scotland over the next three years.
General manager Graeme Howell said he was “extremely pleased” to see the organisation maintain its grant level, although it was slightly less than it asked for.
He added that it will “allow us to continue to ensure that all of Shetland’s residents have access to cultural and artistic activity, and to continue to bring work of national and international significance to the islands.”
Over 180 organisations applied for funding but around 120 were successful.
Howell admitted that the next three years will “continue to be challenging”, but he remains optimistic after Shetland Arts made an operating surplus for the second year running.
“Our staff have done an excellent job of finding ways to improve efficiency and maximise our resources over the last three years, and I’m confident that we will continue to be able to do so in the future, and Creative Scotland’s ongoing support will provide us with a firm foundation to work from.”
Chairwoman Lorraine Hall said the funding award was a “recognition of the excellent work that we have done so far, and a vote of confidence in our ability to continue to provide an outstanding service to Shetland”.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 420 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News