GEORGE ADAM WELCOMES EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS VENUES AS SNP GOVERNMENT HANDS OUT £4.7 MILLION TO SUPPORT SECTOR

Paisley’s MSP has welcomed the news that the Paisley Arts Centre is set to receive nearly £72,000 of funding support from the SNP Government.

A total of 59 venues across Scotland have received their share of £4.7 million, following a call for applications to the SNP Government’s Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund, run through Creative Scotland.

This follows £7.5m previously awarded to 20 venues through the targeted part of the fund. 

The Paisley Arts Centre was told today that they will receive the substantial sum aimed at removing the threat of insolvency and protecting jobs from redundancy.

Commenting, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said:

“Our theatres and performing arts venues here in Paisley and Renfrewshire are an important part of Scotland’s culture.

“The creative industry has been hit hard by this pandemic with theatres effectively having to close their doors overnight.

“These steps were necessary to protect lives, but the SNP Government has acted quickly to help these venues survive.

“The SNP will continue to urge the UK government to use their significant borrowing powers to back our creative industries with further investment, and help secure a bright future for the performing arts sector in our town. “If the Tories refuse, then these powers should be handed to Holyrood so we can give Scottish jobs, and businesses, the additional support they need.”