Aberdeen Performing Arts receive £1 million boost

The Lemon Tree are looking foward to hosting a range of exciting shows throughout the year
The Lemon Tree are looking foward to hosting a range of exciting shows throughout the year

Aberdeen Performing Arts will benefit from a £1 million pounds boost of funding through the Creative Scotland’s Regular Funding programme.

The arts organisation will receive the grant over three years as a company which makes an important contribution to the development of the arts and creative industries.

APA was one of 119 successfully applicants out of 264 to be granted funding by Creative Scotland and is the first time the company have been given a longer-term commitment from the national body.

APA Chief Executive Jane Spiers said it is ‘fantastic news and a very exciting development for Aberdeen Performing Arts’.

She said: “It is great news for the city and the North-east - a city that’s invested in its artistic community is more interesting, more vibrant, more confident and more creative.

“This is step change for Aberdeen and supports our ambitions to put arts and culture at the heart of city life.”

APA have various plans with the funding including introducing an associate artists’ programme to attract more artists and performers to the city, support local talent and help keep artists in the city and North-east, produce and commission more work in the North-east, develop The Lemon Tree as a production hub for theatre and new writing and develop APA’s role and venues as a festivals hub for the region.

The funding will also help the company progress one step closer to achieving their ambitious £7m regeneration project for the city’s historic Music Hall.

Jane added: “We will also be able to look at more international programmes and exchanges.

“We’re especially keen to explore our connections and links with the Northern Arc countries – Scandinavia, the Baltic and Canada.

“This is also an investment in youth arts and young people in Aberdeen and will be a tremendous boost to our youth theatre and our youth music programmes.

“It gives us scope to reach new audiences and develop our digital capacity.”