While England sinks, the Scottish Government has created a £10 million emergency relief fund to lift ‘the threat of insolvency’ from venues and companies that cannot pay their staff.
The Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said: ‘This dedicated fund will be a vital lifeline to help performing arts venues continue to weather the storm. We are also actively considering support for grassroots music venues.
‘We know the impact of this crisis will be long-term so ambitious action to support the future of these organisations, as well as our wider cultural infrastructure, is vital.
‘Our theatres and performing arts venues and the talented freelancers who work with them are an essential part of the fabric of Scotland’s culture and communities and promote our international reputation, and we are determined that they will survive and be able to thrive again.’
Royal Scottish National Chorus
In other developments, The Stage newspaper is discussing redundancy with its staff.