Creative Scotland’s ‘Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund’ aims to support young people aged 14-20…

Are you interested in developing your skills in one of the following areas?

  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Film
  • Visual Arts
  • Literature
  • Digital Arts

Sometimes creative talent needs a little bit of financial help to reach its full potential.

Whatever your creative passion, look no further than the Young Scot and Creative Scotland’s Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund.

Who can apply?

Anyone aged 14-20, living in Scotland. Individuals can apply for up to £200 in funding while groups of two or more people can apply for up to £750.

Applications from professional arts organisations will not be accepted.

What kind of thing can I apply for?

The fund provides financial support to help nurture talent in a number ways. From recording a demo with your band, to putting on an exhibition of your own artwork, and lots more in between.

For more info on what you can get funding for check out the application guidance notes linked in the related section at the bottom of this page.

For more information on what you can get funding for, check out the application guidance notes linked in the Related section at the bottom of this page.

How do I apply?

You can complete an application form online, download the printable application form linked in the Related section below, or call the Young Scot Infoline for free on 0808 801 0338 to request an application by post.

The next deadlines for applications are:

  • 8th February 2015
  • 12th April 2015

Once you have completed the application form…

Email it:

Post it:

Young Scot
Freepost EH1 077
EH12 0BR


 The BBC is launching a campaign called ‘Get Creative’ to encourage more people to get involved in the arts. We want as many people as possible to go out and pick up a new creative hobby, and we would love it if you could help us out!

We’re making a film which be shown at the launch and will also appear on the Get Creative website. The website will become a portal for people who want to find creative activities in their local area, much like the ‘Get Inspired’ sports campaign website:

The film will feature celebrities with diverse creative hobbies, as well as ordinary people who have artistic passions.

It would be wonderful if you could film yourself, or have somebody film you, doing and talking about your hobby on your phone. The filming doesn’t have to be perfect. The whole point about this campaign is that it’s encouraging people to go out and get creative. Alternatively, it would be great if you could pass on the details of this email to anyone you think might be interested in getting involved.

We would like you to do two things in your film – show us your talent, and tell us why you are passionate about it.

1) For the first part of the filming, you could either:

·         Film yourself / be filmed dancing/ singing / painting /rapping /reciting poetry / playing an instrument for 60 seconds
·         You can be filmed give a 60 second ‘how to’ demo. E.g. how to dance a particular move in 60 seconds, how to paint a particular object/face/landscape in 60 seconds or how to play basic notes on an instrument in 60 seconds etc

2) Then we’d love you to be filmed / film yourself saying the following statements:
I’m a XXXXXXX (student/shop assistant/teacher) and in my spare time I like doing XXXXXXX
Doing XXXXXXX (whatever your hobby is) makes me feel XXXXX
Being creative is XXXXXXX to me because XXXXXXXX.
End by saying “Get Creative and  XXXXXX” (dance/sing/draw/paint/beat box/cook)
Please could you try and send your video to us (see below for instructions) by the end of next week (Sunday 31st January).

AND PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU FILM HOLDING YOUR CAMERA IN LANDSCAPE / HORIZONTAL FORMAT (NOT portrait/vertical). Your shots need to be the same shape as the television screen!

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email.

Happy filming!
How to send your film to us:
It’s really easy – once you’ve made your film, simply go to and send it to

Please call Tom on 07966 208771 if you have any problems.

What: Scotland’s only annual training event for professionals who use drama and theatre in their work with young people.
When: Saturday 21-Sunday 22 March 2015.
Where: Howden Park Centre, Howden, Livingston, West Lothian EH54 6AE.
Status: Tickets on sale
Price: Full weekend: £150 for YTAS members, £200 non-members. Sat or Sun only: £90 for YTAS members, £120 non-members. Bursaries available.
Hashtag: #interchange

Interchange is a national exchange of leading practice in youth theatre arts and Scotland’s only annual training conference for professionals who use drama and theatre in their work with young people.

Now in its 11th year, this two-day event provides a range of learning opportunities for delegates of all levels, skills and abilities.

Youth Theatre Arts Scotland gratefully acknowledges investment from Creative Scotland, West Lothian Council and Awards for All, and partnership support from Puppet Animation Scotland and the Federation of Scottish Theatre.


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