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Over £1.2m National Lottery and Scottish Government funds for creative projects and development

Published: 24 Mar 2021

60 projects are sharing in over £1.2 million of National Lottery and Scottish Government funding through Creative Scotland in the latest round of Open Fund awards.

These funds are supporting creative people, projects and organisations across Scotland to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances brought about by Covid-19 and helping to sustain creative development at this challenging time.

jazz-A-nory present fun interactive music and storytelling performances for primary school aged children and will be developing new ways to bring their work to audiences in a Covid-19 secure environment in an accessible, high quality and enjoyable way. Their workshops feature new work by Clackmannanshire-based composer, Andy Philip, inspired by Scottish folklore and based upon melodies improvised by his own young children, which are then given the full jazz treatment.

Andy Philip, jazz-A-nory Composer, said: “Children have always loved madcap moments and jazz is beautifully suited to this: it’s a blend of gleeful self-expression, playfulness, team work and subversiveness, which pretty much sums up being a child. It also has at its heart, the discipline of listening to each other and of cooperation. With Creative Scotland’s support, we hope to bring the joy of live music-making to every child in Scotland no matter their background.”

Iain Munro, CEO, Creative Scotland said: “The diverse and engaging range of projects being supported through the Open Fund demonstrates the rich vein of creativity that plays such an important part in communities throughout Scotland. While we continue to face significant challenges from the ongoing effects of the pandemic, this is work which opens up new horizons and conversations and provides inspiration for a brighter future.“Thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players, who raise £30 million for good causes across the UK every week, and funding from the Scottish Government, these awards are helping to sustain the great value that creativity brings to our lives.”

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