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A vision for culture in Scotland

1. What is your view of the Vision as set out above?

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Transforming through culture

3. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’?

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4. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
While I agree culture has many positive social, health and economic benefits these should not be the sole aim of culture. So far the report seems to see culture as a tool for other aims without giving space for art for arts sake. If all works of art or music were created with the aim of social, health, economic or other benefit there will be no new creations just old ones rehashed. That is not to say that new creations cannot have the above benefits but this should not be the only aim. I suggest a little more emphasis on creating space and support for art for art's sake and the mechanism to allow failure and to learn from it within the report. Creative Scotland currently are very good at doing this however it doesn't come through in the strategy.

Empowering through culture

6. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’?

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8. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
While these are valid and good aims they feel quite inward looking. A mention of engaging with historic or 'great' art would feel apropriate alongside the community driven nature of the aims.

Sustaining culture

9. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’?

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11. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
A recognition from banks that artist's income is variable. I am currently locked out of higher interest rate accounts and free travel insurance because I haven't been putting £X into one of my accounts for 3 months, even though over the last 6 months the average has been 2 or 3 times £x per month it comes in one off £xx,xxx sized payments. Same with mortages. I am currently paying about £600 a month in rent and have saved up 30% of a deposit for a mortgage for a similar flat. If I were to buy my flat I would only be paying around £300 a month saving me £500 a month (inc monthly deposits to saving account for mortage). But the bank will not give me a mortgage because my freelance profit is too low - using flat as office, travel etc is taken off as expenses but the bank assumes in their calculations that these are still to be paid. Though these examples are not directly related to culture they have an effect on my financial stability and sustainablilty as an artist. These two examples alone make me doubt whether maintaining a freelance career as an artist is worth it.

Delivering A Culture Strategy for Scotland

12. Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.

Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.
The Night With... puts contemporary and classical music into informal venues. This breaks down barriers to access due to the percieved stuffyness of classical concert halls. Multistory Orchestra in London has a similar ethos.

Monitoring the Impact of the Strategy

15. What is your view of the proposed approach to monitoring and evaluating the strategy set out in section 5?

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Impact Assessments

18. Do you think the partial Equality Impact Assessment has identified where the strategy might impact on people differently depending on characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity?

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20. Do you think the partial Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment sets out how the proposals presented in the strategy might impact on the rights and welfare of children?

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23. Do you think the partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment identifies how the proposals presented in the Strategy might impact on businesses, the third (voluntary) sector or have any regulatory impact?

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