Culture Strategy: process of formulating it and meetings: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/02007
Date received: 24 July 2018 
Date responded: 2 August 2018
Information requested

Regarding the Culture Strategy, you asked for:

“1) How much has it cost so far – the process of formulating it/the meetings/everything thus far.

 2) Has the ‘senior arts advisor’ figure mentioned in the draft – the ‘culture czar’ – has any moves been made to formulate that job title, begin recruitment and so on? Is there a pay structure for it?”


1. The cost to the Scottish Government of developing A Culture Strategy for Scotland to date is £26,948. This is made up of expenditure relating to engagement and event support as well as design and publication costs for the draft culture strategy which was launched on 27 June 2018. In addition, the Scottish Government also provided freelancers, those working in SMEs and young people with a total of £4.5k to support their attendance at and hosting of selected engagement sessions.

2. The public consultation on the draft Culture Strategy for Scotland will test support for the suggested ‘new cultural leadership post’.  Plans to recruit would only take place once the consultation has finished and if the suggestion is generally supported by respondents through the consultation.

Throughout the Engagement Phase of the strategy, respondents fed back the need for culture and creativity to be at the heart of Government to support better strategic join up across Government to sustain culture and to recognise the transformative and empowering role that culture and creativity can have in other policy areas. The proposed cultural leadership responds to this feedback. 

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