Benefits for Culture, Events & Creative Sectors
The culture and creative sectors of an independent Scotland would be enhanced by the establishment of a new Scottish public service broadcaster reflecting the needs and values of Scottish audiences, according to the latest Building a New Scotland paper published by Culture Secretary Angus Robertson.
The tenth paper in the series outlines how the Scottish Government would have the power to determine the list of events that should be available to broadcast free-to-air to reflect the interests of Scottish audiences, including some major sporting events – such as Scotland’s men’s and women’s football qualifiers for the World Cup and European Championships.
This new public service broadcaster could expand the current offer available on television, radio and online, with tailored programming that is reflective of Scotland’s diverse audiences.
It also sets out how re-joining the EU would help mitigate the impact of Brexit on the culture and creative sector’s ability to reach new audiences and generate income in a key export market.
As a member of the European Union, an independent Scotland would benefit from freedom of movement – allowing artists and creative professionals from the EU to come to Scotland more easily, and removing barriers like visas and customs requirements for Scottish artists touring in the EU.
The Scottish Government would also have the power to engage with partners across the UK and beyond to explore continued access to programmes that matter to Scottish audiences, as well as enhance Scotland’s voice on the world stage through global forums like Eurovision.
The paper outlines how an independent Scottish Government could further protect, support and enhance Scotland’s culture and creative sectors by:
- becoming a member of multilateral conventions and agreements – organisations like Creative Europe and UNESCO
- providing greater support to promote the creative sectors on the world stage and collaborating and cooperating on cultural initiatives with other nations
- using its network of new embassies to promote Scottish culture globally, building on the current ‘Scotland House’ model which fosters connectivity with international partners
- building on the success of the festivals – ensuring they remain diverse, vibrant and international through supporting touring from international artists and creative professionals
The First Minister announced in October 2023 that the Scottish Government will invest at least £100 million more annually in culture and the arts by the financial year 2028/29. To support this aim, funding to the culture sector will increase by £15.8 million next financial year to £196.6 million.
In 2025/2026, the Scottish Government aims to provide an additional £25 million to the culture sector. This commitment to additional funding despite the challenging budget situation signals the Scottish Government’s support for the culture sector.