The Digital Research and Development Fund for Arts and Culture, Scotland is a partnership between Creative Scotland, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and NESTA to support arts and cultural organisations across Scotland who want to work with digital technologies to expand their audience reach and engagement and/or explore new business models.
A key element of the £500,000 Fund is supporting collaborative partnerships between arts and cultural organisations and technology providers; and to provide a body of rich research evidence, data and case studies that inspires and supports the capacity of the wider arts and cultural sector to innovate.
Six projects were funded under the first round of the scheme in 2012.
- The National Piping Centre
- An Iodhlann
- The Cultural Quarter Project
- Dundee Contemporary Arts
- Glasgow Film Theatre
- The National Galleries of Scotland
The second call were announced in March 2013 and the awards of funding total over £230,000 of the Digital R&D fund for Arts and Cultural Scotland. The fund is a partnership between Creative Scotland, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta to support arts and cultural organisations across Scotland who want to work with digital technologies to expand their audience reach and engagement and/or explore new business models.
The call for ideas for the second round of projects was announced in November 2012 and there were a total of 35 applications to the fund from all across Scotland
Commenting on the announcement of the latest awards, Jackie McKenzie, Head of Innovation Programmes Scotland for Nesta said: “The projects we are supporting with these awards are all determined to use new technology to increase revenue and attract new audiences. The ideas we are supporting with this announcement today will develop the new ideas that will allow Scotland’s arts and culture sector to continue to thrive in the future”.
While, Iain Munro, Acting Chief Executive at Creative Scotland adds that: “The Digital R & D fund continues to keep Scotland’s creative sector at the forefront of innovations in audience engagement. Digital technology provides limitless possibilities for sharing and promoting work, and these four diverse projects will help these organisations connect with audiences in new and exciting ways.”
The four projects awarded funding in the second call include.