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Fèis Rois emergency award will help support Highland musicians


By Calum MacLeod

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Fèis Rois has been awarded £48,000 to support its work in the Highlands and beyond.
Fèis Rois has been awarded £48,000 to support its work in the Highlands and beyond.

Traditional arts organisation Fèis Rois has received a total of £48,000 to help the recovery of youth arts provision across the Highlands, ensuring employment for youth arts practitioners and creative opportunities for children and young people continue despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fèis Rois will use the funding from the Scottish Youth Arts Fund to distribute grants of between £500 to £5000 directly to freelance artists/creative practitioners, across all artforms, for artist led youth arts activities.

Fiona Dalgetty, Feis Rois chief executive
Fiona Dalgetty, Feis Rois chief executive

Fiona Dalgetty, chief executive of Fèis Rois said: “Through the Youth Arts Small Grants, we are delighted to support artist-led projects that will benefit children and young people across the country. At a time when our industry is greatly impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, it is all the more important that we support musicians directly through financial income as well as networking and training opportunities. We are excited to see the range of creative projects the musicians who access this new Fèis Rois scheme will undoubtedly come up with.”

The organisation will open for individual grant applications early in the new year.

Fèis Rois is one of 18 organisations across Scotland to have received a share of share in over £690,000 funding.

Scotland's minster for children and young people, Maree Todd said: “Youth music and youth arts organisations across Scotland are playing an important role in the lives of young people during these difficult times. This funding will widen access to high quality opportunities for young people, allowing them to participate and engage with music and other art forms.”

Iain Munro Creative Scotland's chief executive, said: “These vital emergency funds being delivered by Creative Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government are ensuring that creative opportunities continue to exist for young people and across Scotland at this critical time and provide important work for freelance artists whose opportunities have been so severely impacted by Covid-19.”


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