In response to your article "Creative Scotland cuts deal devastating blow" (8 July), we would like to reassure your readers that we maintain well-respected and extensive relationships across the education sector and continue to make significant investments in Scotland's youth arts.
Eden Court Theatre received an 8 per cent increase, in part to reward good practice and build on the success of its education programme; Scottish Youth Dance (Ydance) is set to receive a 17 per cent increase in recognition of its achievements; Scottish Youth Theatre's investment remains at pound;220,925 and a 20 per cent increase has been awarded to the National Youth Choir of Scotland.
We have begun work with a wide range of organisations involved in youth arts, to develop a more strategic approach to arts, culture and creative provision for young people. We are working with Education Scotland to deliver the Education and the Arts, Culture and Creativity Action Plan, through which we have delivered the Creativity Portal.
The Youth Music Initiative (YMI) continues to create high-quality music- making in all genres for young people from 0-25 years. Since its start, the initiative has achieved at least 1.5 million attendances at YMI events.
Our recent Foundation Organisation review was an opportunity to ensure that organisations which are vital to the health of Scotland's creative ecology continue to flourish. We have had to make difficult decisions, but as a public body we have to make best use of taxpayers' money.
Throughout the process we were committed to looking holistically and inclusively at the range of organisations across Scotland. All organisations were invited to put forward their case of how they met our national objectives for a creative Scotland and decisions were made on that basis.
We are continuing investment in National Youth Orchestra Scotland to ensure that the core orchestral activity can carry on and it remains an important platform for young orchestral musicians. It plays a major role with other youth arts organisations in developing talent, creativity and potential career paths for future generations.
Venu Dhupa, director of creative development, Creative Scotland.