The Scottish Government has allocated another £8.5m to support the live events sector, including supply chain companies, out of its latest £17.5m in emergency coronavirus funding.

The new funding, distributed through the Pivotal Event Businesses Fund and the Events Industry Support Fund 2, brings the total COVID-19 support for the events sector to £31.5m, with £142.4m now set aside to help the arts, culture, events and heritage sectors survive the pandemic.

The remaining £9m will be distributed as a top-up to the Creative Freelancers Hardship Fund bringing the total value of support for creative freelancers to £17m.

The support is in addition to the more than £125m of additional funding the Scottish Government has so far allocated to culture, historic environment and events since the start of the pandemic.

Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The impact of COVID-19 has been particularly devastating for creative freelancers and those involved in events. We are determined to support them through this challenging time and I will continue to listen to and respond swiftly to the needs of people and organisations affected.

“This significant increase in funding will help to protect jobs and support individuals and organisations affected by the pandemic whilst ensuring people across Scotland continue to have access to cultural experiences.

“Culture, events and creativity generate invaluable contributions to our society – both in terms of our economy and our wellbeing – and I would like to pay tribute to everyone within these sectors for showing incredible resilience and determination during these difficult times.”