Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama is seeking to raise £10 million from philanthropic sources as part of a £16 million Investing in Creativity Campaign by 2014. The Investing in Creativity Campaign will enable the Academy to reinforce its position as a leading international conservatoire, delivering dance, drama and music training at the highest standard in the best facilities to fulfil the exceptional talent of the next generation who will shape our cultural identity.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 7 December 2009 to 11:59 PM, 11 December 2009

Registered Charity in Scotland (SC005503)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target





  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



This is an unparalleled opportunity at a time in our development when the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council have made the enlightened decision to fund our three disciplines at a gold standard in the United Kingdom. This competitive and interdisciplinary edge over all other UK conservatoires places the Academy on an international stage on which we intend to compete and succeed. Our success can only be realised with investment from alumni, friends and philanthropists: this is your opportunity to be involved. ACADEMY CREATIVE CAMPUS With the introduction of dance and musical theatre as part of the undergraduate curriculum in Autumn 2009 and the relocation of our technical and productions arts programme, there is a need to provide space for our new students and to transform our estate over 2009 to 2014. The technical and production arts programme will be delivered at the “Academy Creative Campus” from September 2010, placing our students in the heart of a new cultural hub at Speirs Wharf in the company of the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Opera. The benefits of this creative hub cannot be overstated and include new opportunities of collaborative working, placement opportunities for students in the National Companies, and joined-up production and rehearsal spaces. The Academy’s students will have access to the creative industry right on our door-step, unique to a conservatoire in the United Kingdom. Since the millennium, when our course offering underwent a significant expansion, rehearsal space has been at a premium. The Academy Creative Centre will host four multi-purpose rehearsal studios, bringing students and our production teams together in dedicated space. RENEWING RENFREW STREET The existing Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama building and the Alexander Gibson Opera School have made the Academy one of the very best resourced conservatoires in the United Kingdom; a hive of activity with over 750 students in 2009 / 2010. When opened in 1988, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama building accommodated just over 400 students. Over Academic Year 06 / 07 a space planning audit of our Rehearsal and Practice rooms were used on average 56% of available times from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday. This is one of the highest utilisation space rates of any university. The main performance / rehearsal spaces comprising of our Academy Concert Hall, Chandler Theatre, Groves Studio, New Athenaeum Theatre and Opera Studio were fully booked throughout the term. With the forecast to rise to 950 students the by start of the 2012 / 13 Academic Session, renewing the space made available by the relocation of technical and production arts to the Academy Creative Centre is vital to protect and enhance our students’ experience. The RSAMD Renfrew Street building will undergo a significant renewal, beginning in 2009 with the Groves Studio becoming our primary dance studio for the first cohort of Dance students in September 2009. Over Summer 2009, the New Athenaeum Theatre will be rejuvenated for the first time since the opening in 1988 and the areas vacated to create the new Academy Creative Centre will be transformed through to 2014 in line with our strategic needs.