Scotland's five National Performing Companies make a significant contribution to cultural life both in Scotland and internationally. They operate on a scale which distinguishes them from other performing arts organisations in Scotland, and which gives them a major presence on Scotland's largest stages and concert halls.
The Companies came into a direct funding relationship with the Scottish Government in April 2007, having previously been clients of the Scottish Arts Council. They also have access to a £350,000 International Touring Fund which is made available each year to assist with international touring plans.
Scottish Ballet is Scotland's National Dance Company based in Glasgow at the purpose-build national headquarters at the Tramway international arts centre
Scottish Opera is Scotland's National Opera Company and the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland with a considerable reputation for its distinguished productions.
Royal Scottish National Orchestra is Scotland's National Symphony Orchestra and one of Europe's leading symphony orchestras.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra is Scotland's National Chamber Orchestra and is internationally recognised for its innovative approach to music-making and programme planning.
National Theatre of Scotland is Scotland's first ever National Theatre. Working with the best Scottish actors, directors and theatre companies, the National Theatre works across Scotland and tours internationally.