Media release: Time to shine for young creative Scots

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YOUNG Scots are being invited to apply for enhanced, new funding to develop their creative passions and talents.

11 to 25 year-olds aspiring to careers in the creative industries can apply for grants across all artforms of up to £1,000 through the Nurturing Talent Fund.

Advocating for youth empowerment and progression in the arts, the Fund has been developed by young people for young people through the National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG) in partnership with Creative Scotland including Screen Scotland, and Young Scot.

Throughout 2019-2020, a total of £50,000 will be available across three funding rounds: Deadlines for applications are:

  • Round one – Sunday 10 November 2019
  • Round two – Sunday 9 February 2020
  • Round three – Sunday 14 June 2020

Funding guidance and application forms are available here.

Creative Scotlands Sarah Mcadam explained: “This vital financial support can really help young people showing passion and enthusiasm to develop skills, talents and ambitions in their chosen art form. With Screen Scotland contributing an additional £10,000 to this year’s Fund for film related projects, we’re excited to be able to enhance the support available for young people to bring creative ideas to life.”

NYAGG member, Leon McNair, explained: “Finance should never be a barrier when it comes to participating in the arts and helping to remove this barrier for young people is exactly what is most rewarding about working with NYAAG.”

In 2018/19, £25,000 was awarded to support 39 projects across the arts, including filmmaking, poetry publishing, photography and demo recording. Further information about previous recipients can be found here.

Fellow NYAAG member, Elliot Shaw, added: “As a new member of NYAAG, I am already impressed at how widespread the program is and the variety of applications it receives. The inclusivity of the program is to be celebrated as it allows youth from all backgrounds to apply for funding to further their creative projects.”

Louise Macdonald, chief executive, Young Scot, said: “The Nurturing Talent Fund is a fantastic way for NYAAG members to support their peers to develop their artistic passions and creativity. This will contribute to the work happening across Scotland to strengthen the arts sector, helping to provide more opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to fulfil their artistic potential.”

Notes for editors:

The Nurturing Talent Fund was established by Creative Scotland and Young Scot and is administered by young people for young people, via National Youth Arts Advisory Group (NYAAG) a group of young people aged 14-23 who are working towards shaping the future of culture and creativity in Scotland. NYAAG works with Creative Scotland and the wider youth arts sector to ensure youth voices and perspectives are included in the decision-making process for Scotland’s youth arts strategy, Time to Shine.

Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship charity for 11-26 year-olds in Scotland. They provide information, ideas and opportunities for young people, helping them to make informed decisions and choices, connecting them to opportunities locally, nationally and globally, and empowering them to create positive change. Over 700,000 young people have a Young Scot Card. This connects them to a wide range of benefits, entitlements and opportunities both in Scotland and across Europe. – The national youth information portal for Scotland – Young Scot’s corporate website

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. Follow us on Twitter @creativescots, Facebook and Instagram

Tuesday 19 November 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the first draw of The National Lottery. Since 1994, and thanks to National Lottery players, an incredible £39 billion has been raised for good causes across the UK. To find out more and join the celebrations please visit:

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