Update from Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Following our statement on 17th March
2020, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland would like to update you on our
position, given the current situation.
The Playwrights' Studio office is currently closed. At the present time, we hope to re-open on Monday 1st June although this will be subject to review. Unfortunately, the Space and plays library will not be accessible. Staff are working remotely during this period.
The Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is
closed until at least Monday 1st
We want to assure you that we are still available on e-mail should you need to contact us. The main email for enquiries is email@example.com, other emails are listed on the website. We will still conduct meetings via phone or video call.
Our on-line Services - the National Script Reading Service and A Play, a Pie and a Pint Script Reading Review Service - are still open for submissions.
Impact on our Programmes
We will continue to deliver as much of our ongoing Programmes as planned, making use of digital communications.
Where we cancelled activity, we ensured that all contracts with freelance artists were honoured and that they were still paid for their time.
aim to announce our
Playwriting Programme (Mentoring, New
Playwrights Awards, Professional Workshop Programme) for 2020/21 in
the summer as usual.
COVID-19 support for playwrights
We are formulating as rapid a response as we can to the unprecedented situation and will be offering support to playwrights during this period. We will be announcing news of this as soon as possible.
Creative Scotland have now announced a Bridging Bursary Fund. This is a fund for those individual artists and freelancers who have lost income from their creative work and/or practice due to COVID-19. You can seek between £500 and £2500 to help support your immediate needs. Their Open Fund: Sustaining Creative Deveopment focuses support on helping individuals, including playwrights, and organisations to sustain themselves. Funding of between £1000 and £50,000 is available.
The Creative Entrepreneurs Club has a discussion thread on their website, collating financial help for freelancers/self-employed people.
If you have any specific questions or concerns about our plans during this period, please do not hesitate to contact Emma McKee, General Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this further.
For general enquiries, please email email@example.com
We understand this is a challenging and uncertain time. We hope that you stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you soon.
31st March 2020