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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13778: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it collects any socio-economic data regarding young people participating in national youth arts and, if so, where it is published.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 18 January 2018

The Scottish Government collects data on arts and cultural participation through various means, including the Scottish Household Survey, which collects data on people (aged 16 and over) who engage with culture either by attending or visiting a cultural event or place or by participating in a cultural activity. There are also questions on out of school activities such as going to live performances, museums, cinemas and libraries and participating in organised activities, collected through the Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) study which tracks the lives of children from birth. The oldest children in GUS are now 12-13 years old. Both data sources can be broken down by socio-economic criteria and by age (and other demographic criteria).

In addition, Creative Scotland hold detailed data relating to targeted youth arts programmes, the Youth Music Initiative, Time to Shine and Cashback for Creativity as well as wider data on the Regular Funded Organisations who deliver youth arts programmes. Independent evaluations of all Creative Scotland administered targeted funds may be found on their website:- http://www.creativescotland.com/ .