Year of Creative Scotland offers £1 million to culture and tourism businesses

Creative Funding

Tourism and cultural organisations across Scotland are being urged to make the most of the opportunities offered by the Year of Creative Scotland by VisitScotland and Creative Scotland.

Almost 200 businesses from across Scotland will attend Net Gains; a collaborative approach to culture and tourism which is the first major event co-designed by Creative Scotland and VisitScotland to assist relationship building between tourism businesses and the cultural and creative sector.  The event will set the scene for the Year of Creative in 2012 and outline how businesses can get involved and secure investment to support that ambition.

The Year of Creative Scotland is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, VisitScotland, EventScotland and VOCAL and will promote Scotland as a dynamic, contemporary nation with a world class cultural offering. The year-long campaign, is being supported with £1 million National Lottery Funding from Creative Scotland for collaborations between the culture, tourism and heritage sectors and organisations are being urged to submit applications before the second and final deadline of 31 January 2012.

The response for the joint industry event has been overwhelming and is a clear indication of the enthusiasm for the Year of Creative Scotland. Businesses from Gairloch to Glasgow, Blairgowrie to Bute, Aberdeen to Ayr will be gathering in Pitlochry on 5 December for the event, illustrating how Scotland’s focus years can really bring the country together. 

Due to high demand, registration is now closed and the event is full. However there is a waiting list. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for this event, please email

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