Media Release: New funding to boost young peoples’ digital creativity and experimentation


£400,000 to be distributed to arts and technology collaborations

Application deadline: 5pm, Thursday 10 September, 2015

TODAY, Tuesday 7 July, 2015, Creative Scotland announces the launch of a £400,000 TTS.Digital Fund to develop young peoples’ digital creativity and experimentation.

The aim of the TTS.Digital Fund is to inspire digital creativity and experimentation in young people through a series of youth-led projects working with arts organisations in collaboration with technology partners.

TTS.Digital is a programme strand of Time to Shine, Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy.

TTS.Digital is built around two phases – the first phase saw £50,000 awarded to ten experimental pilot digital arts project projects that tested methodology and ways of working – from youth fiddle ensemble, the Fochabers Fiddlers experimenting with digital artists in Moray, to digital-led workshops in North Ayrshire and Dundee, and the creation of digital graphic novels in Argyll & Bute.

Phase Two will support between six-to-eight large-scale projects.

Awards will be made of between £50,000 and £100,000 and applications will be considered from those who are new to the process, alongside applicants who delivered pilot projects during Phase One.

For further information and to read the full guidelines, please visit:

In shaping this project, Creative Scotland has worked closely with Youth Arts Voice Scotland, a group of young people aged 14-20 who are working with Creative Scotland and Young Scot to shape the future of arts for young people throughout the country.

Youth Arts Voice Scotland will also be helping Creative Scotland to assess applications, and will be included as part of the selection and decision making panel for this fund.

Colin Bradie, TTS programme manager, Creative Scotland, said:  “We are delighted to be delivering the second phase of TTS.Digital through the implementation of the National Youth Arts Strategy.

“TTS.Digital is designed to inspire digital creativity in young people and the ten experimental pilot projects of phase one are already producing exciting and innovative results.

“Phase Two of the fund will look to build on this learning empowering arts organisations and technology partners to take bold and ambitious steps forward in pioneering more complete and wider reaching projects to positively engage young people in digital creativity.”

On Wednesday 5 August 2015 Creative Scotland will be holding a learning event in Dundee which will give applicants an opportunity to find out more about the fund.

For those not able to attend, the event will be filmed, and a video of the presentations will made available on the Creative Scotland website by no later than 12 August 2015.

The event is free, but ticketed. To sign up please click on the link below:

Wednesday 5 August 2015, 2pm


Notes to Editors

All applications must be made on the TTS.Digital Phase Two application form which is available on our website here.

Applications must come from a collaboration between an arts organisation and a technology partner – or a consortium of organisations which contains at least one arts organisation and one technology partner. The organisations must be based in Scotland.

Any projects looking for less than £50,000 should look instead at the Open Project Fund.  No applications will be accepted for more than £100,000.

TTS.Digital is a fund to support projects which will inspire digital creativity in young people as part of Time to Shine – Scotland’s National Youth Arts Strategy.

The fund will be delivered in two phases:

  • Phase One will support up to ten pilot projects.
  • Phase Two (from Aug 2015) will then support larger scale projects.

In both cases, the projects are led by young people, and delivered through a partnership of arts organisations in collaboration with technology partners.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.

We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit

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Sophie Bambrough
Media Relations & PR Officer
Creative Scotland
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