Scotland's Rising Stars Awarded Creative Talent Funding

Young people from across Scotland have been awarded funding to help young Scots embrace their creativity through the Nurturing Talent Fund.

Young Scot and Creative Scotland have awarded just under £3,700 to help nurture the creative talents of young people, aged 11-20, through the Nurturing Talent Fund. The fund supports a wide variety of activities, with awards ranging from £60- £600, to help young Scots across the country to take their creativity to the next level.

Supported projects in this round include recording demos, photography for portfolios, dance workshops in Airdrie, filmmaking workshops in Shetland, fees to attend the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland’s Jazz Summer School, amongst other things.

The recipients of the latest round of funding are:

Alex Stewart, 19, from Glasgow will use the funding to commission a look-book and campaign photoshoot to showcase his talents for design and his fashion brand’s first collection

Amber Grieve, 17, from Shetland will attend the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland’s Jazz Summer School in Skye

Andrew Pettigrew, 16, from Hamilton will use the funding to attend the Deaf Youth Theatre and Kor Records Band Together Project, accompanied by a deaf / blind communicator

Annisa Cameron-Hameed, 19, from Edinburgh will use the funding to develop her analogue photography skills

Beth Gordon, 16, from Inverness will work alongside mentors on developing her creative writing skills to help improve her writing technique and collate her previous writings into a book

Youth filmmaking group Maddrim Media, from Shetland will develop a series of creative workshops alongside the guidance of Liz Musser to help develop each member’s filmmaking skills

Airdrie Insane Dance Group, an 11-piece troupe from Airdrie, will use the funding to put on a Christmas dance event

Ruaraidh Williams, 16, from Aberdeenshire will use the funding to travel to Belgium with Aberdeen Youth Orchestra for his first overseas orchestral tour

Tia MacLeod, 14, from Stranraer, will attend a dance leadership programme with D+G Dance mentorship academy to sit dance exams with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing

This is the third round of funding and young people can still apply for funding between £60- £600. To apply for funding from the Nurturing Talent Fund, young people can visit

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