We Are Here Scotland CIC (674720) is a Community Interest Company that has been established to ensure there is a platform that supports and amplifies the voices of BPoC (Black people and people of colour) artists and creatives in Scotland. Within Scotland's creative industries there remains a significant lack of consistent BPoC representation or sustained development opportunities that allows us to showcase our work to a wider mainstream audience.
We Are Here Scotland Creators Fund has been set up to provide BPoC artists and creatives with funding opportunities that will help them progress in their professional development whether that be funding for:
In March 2022 - May 2022, We Are Here Scotland delivered Round 2 of it's Creators' fund. With the help of a judging panel and application process, 14 people have now been selected to receive £500 each and mentoring. This fund is aimed at not only providing financial support, but also practical career advice, support and guidance.
We are now moving into the next phase of funding more creatives. Round 3 will be launching in early 2023!
In terms of challenging the inequalities within Scotland's creative industries, we need to ensure that the developing careers of BPoC artists and creatives are supported on a consistent and meaningful basis. And the Creators' Fund is a small way in which we move things forward and maintain a presence in Scotland that we hope can inspire future generations of artists, creatives and also be the start of a much needed discussion regarding representation in Scotland's creative industries.
Support for the We Are Here Scotland Creators Fund’s aim is to make a significant impact for many BPoC artists and creatives in Scotland.
Thank you for your time and support
Founder of We Are Here Scotland