SNP's £130,000 commitment to creative industries

A sound archiving project and Gaelic filmmaking on Skye have received a boost of £130,000 from the Scottish Government.

The National Library of Scotland will receive £100,000 to pilot a National Sound Archive for Scotland to digitise, catalogue and preserve Scottish sound recordings dating back more than 80 years.

A further £30,000 will support the educational work MGAlba in encouraging more young people to engage in Gaelic filmmaking through its annual FilmG project.

SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Dave Thompson has welcomed the announced from the First Minister, coinciding with a meeting of the Cabinet in Skye.

Mr Thompson said:

“This is an extremely welcome and exciting announcement that will protect and preserve Scotland’s sound history.

“This fund is a significant move from the SNP Government in supporting employment and skills development, helping support our creative talent base.

“Scotland has a fantastic heritage of sound recordings that must be well looked after to ensure future generations can enjoy them.

“The £30,000 fund to MGAlba’s FilmG project underlines the SNP’s dedication to ensuring a sustainable future for Gaelic in Scotland.

“FilmG, which fits well with the Curriculum of Excellence, is a fantastic project that teaches our young people all the skills necessary to produce a Gaelic film.

“These significant investments demonstrate the SNP Government’s commitment to fostering Scotland’s creative industries.”