Theatres and artists in Scotland are eligible for training in how to adapt their programmes to the digital landscape
The funding body has launched a dedicated programme, for both creative organisations and individual artists, which is designed to help Scotland’s arts thrive online. It will cover how best to move programming and other content online, as well as adapt audience engagement work. The Digital Pivot initiative will be delivered by cultural consultant and producer Suzy Glass, who will offer one-to-one sessions and tailored support for successful applicants. She said: “As a producer specialising in digital contexts, I’m aware of how complex it can be to pivot creative projects, so they exist authentically within online environments. “I hope these tailored sessions will offer creative practitioners and organisations access to the space and expertise they need to refine and develop their ideas and support them to find ways of connecting meaningfully with audiences across ∂Scotland and beyond, despite the distance between us all.” Artists and organisations wishing to apply can sign up to free webinars with more information, on May 27 for organisations and May 29 for individuals. The applications are open from May 18 until June 1, for sessions in June and July. A second cycle will run in August and September, with applications open in July. Creative Scotland’s creative industries officer, Ashley Smith-Hammond, said the scheme would help the arts in Scotland “develop and evolve” despite the challenging circumstances. “We hope the programme will strengthen the ways in which individuals and organisations can meaningfully connect with audiences under the current circumstances, until we are able to share live experiences with one another again,” she said.