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Ceremony to celebrate collaborations

School pupils have been taking part in a National Theatre of Scotland community production of the musical Glasgow Girls, with sponsorship from ScottishPower.

ScottishPower's sponsorship of an NTS community production of Glasgow Girls is one of the projects vying for the Art and Business awards
ScottishPower's sponsorship of an NTS community production of Glasgow Girls is one of the projects vying for the Art and Business awards

The production, and the NTS/ScottishPower Take a Stand project, which are being nominated for a community award, are among 35 finalists in the 2013 Art and Business awards, celebrating collaboration between firms and arts groups.

The prizes will be presented at a ceremony in Aberdeen on Wednesday. The 10 award categories also include the sponsorship by a small business award, the sustained partnership award and the cultural branding award.

David Watt, chief executive of Arts and Business, the Scottish Government-backed charity that hosts the awards, said: "The event gets bigger every year, with more and more SMEs prepared to join bigger business to sponsor more and more quirky and cutting edge events.

"Before the financial crisis it tended to be more about corporate hospitality, but over the past few years there's been a big shift away from that and it's now more about companies giving corporate social responsibility opportunities, either through developing their staff or giving something back to their communities."

An independent Scottish charity since 2011, Arts and Business administers an annual £300,000 pot in Scottish Government new arts sponsorship match-funding for projects supported by Scottish business.

Collaborations in line for awards this week also include the Miller Group and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Ivy Dental Practice and the Edinburgh Iranian Festival, Airwair International (Dr Martens) and Glasgow School of Art, and Wolfson Microelectronics and the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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