Stellar Quines funding update

We would like to thank you all so much for your words of support for Stellar Quines over recent weeks.

We are happy to let you know that as a result of Creative Scotland’s Board meeting to take stock of its decisions on Regular Funding, they have confirmed today that our Regular Funding has been returned to standstill level 2018-21.

This is wonderful and welcome news, and gives us the stability we were hoping for over the coming years.

We share this good news with five organisations re-instated to RFO funding: Birds of Paradise, Catherine Wheels, Dunedin Consort, Lung Ha and Visible Fictions, whilst sharing condolences with those whose news was not what they had hoped. Creative Scotland have released a public statement with further information.

We look forward to sharing the plans we have for the coming years with you, and continuing to celebrate women and girls on Scottish stages.

The Stellar Quines team

Update on Stellar Quines Creative Scotland Regular Funding 2018 – 2021

Edinburgh based theatre company Stellar Quines, that have for over 25 years celebrated the value and diversity of women and girls, has secured their position as one of Creative Scotland’s Regular Funding Organisation Portfolio 2018 – 2021.

The 3 year award of £409,333 represents a 22% cut to the company’s regular funding level, and has been awarded to support ‘the advocacy and sector support work of Stellar Quines’ but does not extend to support the company’s long term professional theatre productions.

As an award-winning company whose mission is to be Scotland’s leading theatre company, inspiring excellent in women in girls, the reduction in Core resource in order to produce professional theatre and provide theatre opportunities for women is a disappointing outcome. The company will receive transition funding for the year 18/19 and it is understood that Stellar Quines will be able to apply to the new strategic touring fund from 2019.

As the only theatre company dedicated to women and girls we are committed to advocating for female creatives, artists, practitioners and crew and this funding is an essential and welcome resource. However, funding at this level and with these conditions will require a serious review of the company’s artistic programme. Stellar Quines Board and team are currently in negotiation with Creative Scotland to determine how we will move forward in light of these changes.

We appreciate the RFO funding was over-subscribed and difficult decisions have been made. We congratulate our colleagues and peers who have been successful in securing RFO funding, and hope to nurture relationships with them. Equally we are aggrieved to hear of the loses to fellow companies in our sector.

Jemima Levick, Stellar Quines’ joint Artistic Director | CEO had this to say of the news:

“In the light of the funding announcements across the sector we welcome Regular Funding. The reduction and conditions of the funding does however have an impact on the artistic ambition of the company, particularly in relation to our touring theatre production and professional opportunities for women in the sector. As a company we remain committed to advocating and supporting gender parity, particularly in the political climate we find ourselves in. We have some time of review and reflection ahead of us.”

Jane Hogg, Stellar Quines’ Board Chair had this to say of the news:

“The Stellar Quines team and Board worked hard on a Business Plan and application which reflected the artistic ambitions of the company’s Artistic Director, Jemima Levick, and the needs of the sector and the company’s audience. We welcome Regular Funding support but recognise this is not a level the company anticipated, or fully reflects its mission. We are working to support the Stellar Quines team at this time, and with Creative Scotland to seek an outcome.”

SQ CreativeScot funding decision_media release

Women Make Music fund from PRS

Women Make Music supports the development of outstanding women songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by women songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music.

Women Make Music offers grants of up to £5,000.

Funding includes support of:
touring
recording
promotion and marketing
exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
music creator residencies
live performances featuring new UK music

Deadlines occur three times per calendar year. The next deadline for Women Make Music is Monday 3rd October 2016 at 6pm.

Creative Scotland Funding for Stellar Quines

We were delighted to receive the news on Wednesday 29th October that Stellar Quines were successful in becoming one of Creative Scotland’s Regularly Funded Organisations. This news comes in the company’s 21st Birthday year and is welcome recognition for 21 years of successfully celebrating Scottish and international women’s voices at home and abroad.

Amongst some surprising announcements the company is certainly grateful to be included within Creative Scotland’s current portfolio, however now is not the time to rest on our laurels. Our figures suggest Stellar Quines’ 2015 – 18 funding allocation represents a modest year on year decrease. This means alongside delivering an ambitious programme of work over the next 3 years, we will also be working hard to identify new funding opportunities.

The reality of the funding environment is as such that there is not enough money to go round, and as with many other organisations, Stellar Quines will be seeking to diversify our funding streams to protect our long term future once that 3 year mark comes round again far too quickly. As a touring company with 21 years behind us we’re also mindful that we are still in receipt of one of the lowest levels of funding amongst regularly funded touring theatre companies in Scotland. This is without meaning to sound ungrateful, but a call to action for the company, to make an even stronger case for our existence within the theatre ecology of Scotland.

We cannot do this without continuing to nurture a culture of collaboration with artists, venues, actors, directors, creatives, all those who share in our creative life and work; as well as striving to continually develop and find new ways to engage with our audiences.

We look forward to sharing the next three years with you, and if you’d like to get in touch we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Rebecca Davis, Producer

rebecca@stellarquines.co.uk