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Arts funding announced

Seven projects are set to share just over £50,000 from the first round of the 2017/18 Regional Arts Fund. Competition was strong with applications for over £80,000 being made to the fund.

The fund aims to increase the impact of arts projects across the region and boost the economy. The awards will seed-fund projects that together are set to draw down additional investment of over £370,000 from other sources, including income earned from ticket sales and match-funding grants from other funding bodies.

Councillor Tom McAughtrie, Chairman of the Communities Committee said:

We are pleased to be supporting a range of arts projects across Dumfries and Galloway and it is good to see that our grants will help arts projects to draw down additional investment from other sources.

Participation in the arts is linked to good health, increased confidence and positive self-esteem for individuals, and helps strengthen our communities. The arts also contribute to our economy by creating learning opportunities for our young people and attracting visitors to our region.

Cathy Agnew, Chair of DG Unlimited, the independent charity which champions the region's arts, said:

DG Unlimited is delighted to be involved in this Regional Arts Fund which, once again, has confirmed the great raft of creative talent and ambition across Dumfries and Galloway.

The projects that have received funding in this round embrace a wide range of art forms and have the potential to make a very real difference by providing new arts opportunities to be experienced and enjoyed.

Funded projects

Allocations have been made on the recommendation of DG Unlimited:

Absolute Classics Concert Series and Educational Programme - £5,000
Funding will support delivery of a monthly programme of world-class classical music concerts across the region and an education programme devised in collaboration with local schools delivered by internationally acclaimed musicians.

BIG LIT: the Stewartry Book Festival - £2,500
Funding will support the BIG LIT Festival in and around Gatehouse of Fleet in April 2017. The programme will include over 20 events and activities ranging across poetry and fiction, history, biography and other art forms and at least one participatory event.

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Live - £20,000
Funding will support further development of a promoters' network and touring programme for performing arts across Dumfries and Galloway, which was piloted with Regional Arts Fund support during 2016.

Fleet Reflections - £4,000
An experienced songwriter will involve young people and older groups in producing a collaborative song series inspired by the River Fleet through a series of workshops.

Children and Young People's Participation Programme 2017 - £4,000
Three festivals based in Moniaive, the Moniaive Folk Festival, Comic Book Festivals and Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass festival, will work together to expand their activities for young people in 2017.

Maidens of Music - £6,400
Funding will support the staging of music performances in Dumfries town centre over four Saturdays in May 2017, mainly by female musicians from across the region.

Creative Town Producer Project - £9,520
Funding will contribute towards a Creative Town Producer Project by The Stove Network who will develop creative partnerships with other non-arts organisations involved in the development of Dumfries Town Centre.

Further funding opportunities

A second round of the Regional Arts Fund has just closed with just over £23,000 available. Decisions on funding will be made in April and May.

Page last updated: 24/03/17