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"OUR NEXT MAJOR ENTERPRISE..." Final Report of the Cultural Commission: June 2005

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Acknowledgements

This report was created with the whole-hearted support of those artists and practitioners working in the arts and the cultural sectors. When it came to attending meetings and contributing written material, we were honoured by the enthusiastic response from our colleagues and friends.

There was a great deal to talk about and a lot to get down on paper and we had unstinting support with those tasks. What appears in the text of this report emerged from the very many sessions we enjoyed with you and the written notes we received. If we were remiss in failing to visit this or that place, then accept our apologies. We worked very hard to meet people around the country and to spend time in discussing their ideas. There were a lot of you and very, very few of us but we were buoyed by your help.

The lead agencies in each sector acted as hosts for our meetings; that service was invaluable to us and we are very grateful. Scores of busy people helped with what we called "thinking groups". Their work was carried out candidly, confidentially and very successfully.

We are grateful to COSLA who gave us generous hospitality and accommodated us for six weeks at the start of the process. The Director of Education for the City of Edinburgh, Roy Jobson, kindly allowed us to have our base in Broughton High School. We thank him and the staff and students of the school for their kindness during the year. The members of the Tourism, Culture and Sport Group at the Scottish Executive deserve and have our thanks for their help and advice.

My colleagues on the Commission's Board were unfailingly rigorous and each member made the contribution that was required of him or her. The Board was also tolerant of the difficulties we faced during the year when staffing was depleted because of illness and career demands.

Within the Secretariat, the people who staffed the Commission, worked to produce this report and made the principal contributions to the final drafting were Bryan Beattie, Karen Watson, Rachel Blanche, Stuart Thomas, Richard Smith, Martin Osler, and Ian Murdoch. We were also supported in the editing stages by Maureen Taylor and Cleo Peries from PMP. As Chair, I offer them my particular thanks.

JAMES BOYLE
Chairman, Cultural Commission

The Commissioners

James Boyle - Chairman
Lucy Mason
Sheena Wellington
Shonaig Macpherson
Gordon Jeyes
George Black
Ian Ritchie
Colin Marr
Brian Lang

Abbreviations

AEF

Aggregate External Finance - unrestricted funding to local authorities to spend as they see appropriate

A+DS

Architecture and Design Scotland

A & B Scotland

Arts and Business Scotland

ACE

Arts Council England

AIMHI

Association of Integrated Media in the Highlands and Islands

CCA

Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow)

CfC

Centre for Creativity

CCPR

Centre for Cultural Policy research

CILIPS

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland

CEO

Chief Executive Officer

CP

Community Planning

CBI

Confederation of British Industry

CPD

Continuing Professional Development

CoSLA

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities

CSR

Corporate Social Responsibility

DfEE

Department for Education and Employment (former)

DfES

Department for Education and Skills

DCMS

Department of Culture, Media and Sport

DTI

Department of Trade and Industry

DCA

Dundee Contemporary Arts

EIBF

Edinburgh International Book Festival

EIF

Edinburgh International Festivals

EPPE

Effective Provision of Pre-School Education

EU

European Union

GRANT-IN-AID

Funding provided by Scottish Executive to NDPBs and other sponsored bodies

FE

Further Education

GSA

Glasgow School of Art

GAE

Grant Aided Expenditure - Scottish Executive calculation as to what local authorities should spend on which services.

GDP

Gross Domestic Product

HMIE

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education

HE

Higher Education

HEI

Higher Education Institution

HIE

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

HMF

Highland Museums Forum

HEACS

Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland

ICT

Information and Communication Technology

LEC

Local Enterprise Company

LFR

Local Authority Financial Return

LTS

Learning and Teaching Scotland

LICS

Library and Information Council Scotland

LISU

Library and Information Statistics Unit

LAs

Local authorities

LA

Local authority

MAPS

Media Access Projects

NAS

National Archive Scotland

NCCI

National Council for the Creative Individual

NCS

National Cultural Strategy

NESTA

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts

NFA

National Fund for Acquisitions - National Museum of Scotland Purchase Fund

NGS

National Gallery of Scotland

NLS

National Library of Scotland

NMS

National Museum of Scotland

NYOS

National Youth Orchestras of Scotland

NDPB

Non-departmental public body

OfSTEAD

Office for Standards in Education

Cross-cutting policy

Policy work which involves a number of government departments funding work which addresses the departmental aims of all partners

POE

Post Occupation Evaluation - a system of evaluating buildings by users

P&J

Press and Journal

PACT

Producers' Alliance for Cinema and Television

PNE

Pròiseact nan Ealan - the Gaelic Arts Agency

PPP

Public Private Partnership

RSG

Revenue Support Grant

RCAHMS

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland

RIAS

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

RSAMD

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance

RSNO

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

RTPI

Royal Town Planning Institute

SLRC

Scots Language Resource Centre

SAC

Scottish Arts Council

SCURL

Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries

SCDI

Scottish Council for Development and Industry

SCVO

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

SCRAN

Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network

SE

Scottish Executive

SHEFC

Scottish Higher Education Funding Council

SLIC

Scottish Libraries Information Council

SLAM

Scottish Local Authority Museums

SMC

Scottish Museums Council

SNPC

Scottish National Photography Centre

SNYJ

Scottish National Youth Jazz

SS

Scottish Screen

SURF

Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum

SME

Small and Medium Enterprise

SODEC

Société de Développement des Enterprises Culturelles

SAD

St Andrew's Day - the First Minister's speech in 2003 is widely quoted in this report

TCS

Tourism, Culture and Sport Group

UNESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UDHR

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

VAGA

Visual Arts and Galleries Association

VARIE

Visual Arts Research Institute Edinburgh

VAS

Voluntary Arts Scotland