Scottish Arts Council

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The Scottish Arts Council () is a Scottish public body that distributes funding from the Scottish Government, and is the leading national organisation for the funding, development and promotion of the arts in Scotland. Most of the Council's funding comes from the Scottish Government but it also distributes National Lottery funds received via the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The Scottish Arts Council was formed in 1994 following a restructuring of the Arts Council of Great Britain, but had existed as an autonomous body since a royal charter of 1967.

The Council funds all the major areas of the arts, maintaining balance between the many diverse communities of Scotland. In addition, it funds cultural groups and events affiliated with immigrant communities and minorities in Scotland. It is the sponsor of two book awards:

  • The Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award (worth £5,000);
  • The Scottish Arts Council Children's Book of the Year Award (worth £10,000).

In January 2006 it was announced that the Scottish Executive would assume direct responsibility for the main national arts companies (Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra) and that the Arts Council was to be replaced by a new body to be called Creative Scotland. This change was made in response to the report issued by the Cultural Commission chaired by James Boyle. Creative Scotland is intended to take over the functions of the Scottish Arts...
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