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Supporting Scotland's creative industries

Published: 10 Nov 2015 19:15

Roadshow to highlight measures to grow our industries while tackling challenges

Scotland's creative industries are key to our prosperity, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop will tell a gathering of arts and creative leaders in Glasgow tonight during a keynote speech (Tuesday 10th November).

Ms Hyslop will use her keynote speech at a roadshow of the Creative Industries Federation to outline a range of measures already in place to support the sector. The Cabinet Secretary will also highlight the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

The Scottish Government published Scotland's Economic Strategy earlier this year which reaffirms a commitment to creating a more successful country, with opportunities for everyone. The Programme for Government also articulated that we wish to see greater direct engagement between public sector bodies and the creative industries.

Speaking ahead of the Creative Industries Federation roadshow, Ms Hyslop said:

"We recognise that Scotland's cultural and creative activities are as important to our international reputation, our economic prosperity and the trade and investment agenda as direct business support and export promotion. The creative industries employ more people than the oil and gas industry in Scotland and generate a higher GVA than the life sciences sector.

"It is our job to create and sustain the conditions which ensure our creative industries can grow and flourish, I want to see improved engagement between the public sector and our creative industries to ensure that we are accountable and responsive to their needs.

"The BBC plays a key role in Scotland in terms of creating opportunities for our creative industries. The Scottish Government has been using its formal role in the BBC Charter Renewal to argue for a better deal, not only for audiences but for our creative sector. We've been engaging with people across Scotland, to develop a positive consensus around what Scotland's 'ask' of the Charter should be. Critical to our ask is the development of additional TV and Radio platforms in Scotland and improved access to slots on UK network through which to develop and showcase Scottish productions.

"The EU's Digital Single Market proposals offer a welcome opportunity for us to take a strategic and informed view of EU policies for the creative industries and to ensure that these proposals are progressed in a way that can best support businesses to grow and customers to access products and services more easily.

"I'm very conscious of the concerns that have been expressed, particularly those from the screen industry, on the copyright proposals that the European Commission is developing."

John Kampfner, Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: "There are huge opportunities for Scotland's creative industries and the arts. Already, as Fiona has pointed out, they employ more people than the oil and gas industries, and by working across disciplines, and not just in Scotland but further afield in the UK and internationally, the potential for growth is greater still. The Federation will work with our partners to help achieve that."

Notes to editors

The Creative Industries Federation is the membership body launched less than a year ago for all of the UK's arts, creative industries and cultural education. The Glasgow roadshow is one in a series taking place to seek and reflect the views of the sector from across the entire country.

Ms Hyslop's keynote address at the Federation event, hosted with partners including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Glasgow School of Art, will be followed by a discussion on the issues, challenges and opportunities facing Glasgow's creative future.

Speakers alongside Ms Hyslop will include Janet Archer, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland, Professor Tom Inns, Director, Glasgow School of Art, Jill Miller, Director of Cultural Services, Glasgow Life, and Dr Krishna Thiagarajan, Chief Executive, Royal Scottish National Orchestra.