Edinburgh venues worth over £½m every day

Published: 01 May 2015

The research commissioned found that the capital’s permanent arts infrastructure supports more than 5,100 jobs and some 6.2 million visitors were attracted into the capital’s main performing arts spaces, museums and galleries in 12 months, according to the Scottish Enterprise-funded study

The Edinburgh Cultural Venues Group (ECVG) is a consortium of the city's key publicly funded cultural organisations, which came together in 2013 to maximise the effectiveness, appeal, and reach of Edinburgh's richly diverse year-round cultural offer.

The Group currently includes eight leading organisations – the Filmhouse, Festival City Theatres Trust (the Festival and King’s Theatres), National Museums Scotland, the Queen’s Hall, the Royal Lyceum Theatre, the Traverse Theatre, the Usher Hall, and the National Galleries of Scotland. In addition to delivering their individual programmes of work throughout the year, all these organisations enable an even wider range of activity – working in collaboration with Edinburgh's festivals, arts and heritage organisations, community organisations and schools.

In terms of return on investment, for every £1 invested by the City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland the group generated £4.62 for the Scottish economy and a total of £194m of economic benefit.  

The study also illustrates how investment in the arts delivers wider curriculum benefits, helps to create the artists of tomorrow and builds future audiences for the arts. Participation figures across ECVG show high levels of engagement withschools as well as with young learners outside school, and with adult learners:

  • over 12,000 young people participating in out-of-school skills development
  • over 80,000 adult attendances at learning and participation events
  • nearly 120,000 school attendances

The acting Chair of ECVG, Duncan Hendry, said:

“Edinburgh has world class museums, galleries, theatres and venues for music and film. This study highlights the wide range of activities that Edinburgh’s cultural venues undertake throughout the year and the tremendous benefits, both cultural and economic, that this brings to the City and to Scotland.”