Role of the Creative Scotland

The role of Creative Scotland: Promoting culture and creativity

Creative Scotland plays a pivotal role in fostering culture and creativity across Scotland. As the national agency responsible for funding, developing, and advocating for the arts, screen, and creative industries, Creative Scotland is instrumental in ensuring the vitality and diversity of Scotland’s cultural landscape. In this blog, Dr Richard Dune explores the organisation’s role, its impact on the creative sector, and how businesses and individuals can align with its objectives through effective compliance with relevant legislation and regulations.

Key facts and statistics

  • Creative Scotland distributes over £80 million annually to support arts and creative industries.
  • The creative industries contribute more than £4.6 billion annually to Scotland’s economy.
  • Over 73,000 people are employed in Scotland's creative sector.
  • 91% of adults in Scotland engage with the arts, highlighting the sector's broad appeal and societal impact.

Key definitions

  • Creative industries - Industries that are based on individual creativity, skill, and talent. They include sectors such as advertising, architecture, art, crafts, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts, publishing, software, and television.
  • Arts funding - Financial support provided to artists and creative organisations to help them create, produce, and present their work.

Recommended best practice for implementation of relevant legislation and regulations

Organisations must adhere to specific legislative and regulatory requirements to effectively align with Creative Scotland's objectives. This ensures compliance and enhances the integrity and sustainability of their creative endeavours.

Legislation and regulations

  • Equality Act 2010 - Promotes equal opportunities and prohibits discrimination in various fields, including employment and the provision of services. Creative organisations must ensure their policies and practices are inclusive and non-discriminatory.
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Governs the handling of personal data. Creative enterprises must implement robust data protection measures to secure personal information and respect individuals' privacy rights.
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 - Require employers to ensure their employees' health, safety, and welfare. Creative organisations should conduct risk assessments and provide appropriate training to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 - Protects the rights of creators over their original works. Creative organisations must understand and respect copyright laws to avoid legal infringements.

Best practices for compliance

  • Regular training - Ensure all staff members receive training on relevant legislation, such as equality, data protection, health and safety, and intellectual property.
  • Policy development - Develop and regularly update policies that reflect current legal requirements and best practices.
  • Risk management - Conduct regular risk assessments and audits to identify and mitigate potential legal and regulatory risks.
  • Record keeping - Maintain detailed records of compliance efforts, including training attendance, policy updates, and risk assessments.


To maximise the benefits of Creative Scotland's support and ensure compliance with relevant legislation and regulations, organisations should:

  • Engage with creative Scotland - Regularly attend workshops, seminars, and networking events organised by Creative Scotland to stay informed about funding opportunities and industry trends.
  • Utilise compliance management software - Implement software like ComplyPlus™ to streamline compliance management. This tool helps organisations track legislative changes, manage training, and maintain compliance records effectively.
  • Collaborate with experts - Work with legal and compliance experts to ensure that policies and practices are up to date and in accordance with current regulations.


Creative Scotland plays an essential role in nurturing Scotland's arts and creative industries. By understanding its functions and adhering to relevant legislation and regulations, organisations can benefit from Creative Scotland's support and contribute to the sustainable growth of Scotland's cultural sector.

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About the author

Dr Richard Dune

With over 20 years of experience, Richard blends a rich background in NHS, the private sector, academia, and research settings. His forte lies in clinical R&D, advancing healthcare tech, workforce development and governance. His leadership ensures regulatory compliance and innovation align seamlessly.

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