Cul­ture fund­ing is music to our ears

Com­mu­nity groups quids in thanks to coun­cil

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Lynn Jolly

The lat­est round of groups hop­ing to ben­e­fit from a £1mil­lion fund aimed at boost­ing Pais­ley’s cre­ative scene have been named.

Next week, coun­cil­lors will be asked to ap­prove an £83,130 spend from Ren­frew­shire’s Cul­ture, Her­itage and Events Fund.

This would al­low 13 dif­fer­ent cul­tural and char­ity groups to run var­i­ous arts-re­lated projects ahead of the town’s UK City of Cul­ture 2021 bid.

The CHE Fund was set up to help un­lock Ren­frew­shire’s cre­ative po­ten­tial in the run-up to and dur­ing the Pais­ley 2021 bid, in­crease the num­ber of peo­ple in­volved in cul­tural ac­tiv­ity and show the con­tri­bu­tion cul­ture can make to qual­ity of life.

This will be the fourth round of fund­ing since the CHE Fund was set up – and saw 35 ap­pli­ca­tions and a to­tal ask of more than £ 300,000 for the judges to sift through.

Projects rec­om­mended for ap­proval in­clude:

 £2,650 to fund a pop-up one-day African film fes­ti­val in the town

 £5,000 to host the launch of the 2017 Scot­tish Men­tal Health Arts and Film Fes­ti­val in Pais­ley this Oc­to­ber, in­clud­ing an ex­clu­sive spo­ken-word event

 £11,900 to St Matthew’s Church to run a com­pe­ti­tion to cre­ate and screen a se­ries of silent movies as part of the above fes­ti­val;

 £ 5,000 for Pais­ley Thread Mill Mu­seum to run an out­reach project and oral his­tory pro­gramme to cap­ture the mem­o­ries of mill work­ers for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions

 £10,000 to Se­ri­ous Events Ltd to fund a week-long res­i­dency in Pais­ley for mu­si­cians, at which they will de­velop new work to be toured around the UK

 £9,900 to Ersk­ine Music and Me­dia Stu­dio – re­cent win­ners of the 2017 Young Scot Award for En­ter­prise – to pro­duce an al­bum of lo­cal un­signed bands.

There are also smaller grants to lo­cal groups for projects in­clud­ing cre­ative writ­ing work­shops and tra­di­tional music lessons in the com­mu­nity.

The CHE Fund was created last year, with the ini­tial £500,000 in­vest­ment dou­bled by Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil this year.

If these grants are rub­ber­stamped by mem­bers of the coun­cil’s Lead­er­ship Board when they meet on Tues­day, it would mean a to­tal of £469,961has been awarded to 65 projects so far.

Some of the projects sup­ported to date in­clude Pais­ley First’s gable- end art mu­rals now ap­pear­ing around the town and teenage Kil­barchan an­i­ma­tor Mor­gan Spence’s in­cred­i­ble Pais­ley 2021 Lego movie, which was viewed by mil­lions of peo­ple around the world.

Coun­cil leader Iain Ni­col­son, who is also chair­man of the Pais­ley 2021 part­ner­ship board, said: “We know Ren­frew­shire has a wealth of tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity to call on – and this fund is aimed at help­ing cre­ate a plat­form for that.

“As with ev­ery CHE Fund round to date, the num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions far ex­ceeded the money avail­able, and the judges had a tough job to whit­tle down some great ap­pli­ca­tions

Pais­ley’s bid to be UK City of Cul­ture 2021 was lodged in April.

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