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Governance is an over-arching responsibility and lies within the remit of the management board, company directors, management committee or trustees - those who are the guardians of the organisations' values and reputation.

Found Paper Books 2005 by Rachel Hazell; Photo: Shannon Tofts

Quality governance requires that the management board pay attenton to the checks and balances of the organisation as well as thinking creatively about plans for the future. It requires due diligence with regard to legal matters and compliance issues, resources and finance.


Corporate governance guidance

  • The board must have access to professional financial advice 
  • Evidence that a sub-committee of the board looks in detail at financial matters regularly, eg risk register and approval limits 
  • Comments are expected in the board minutes on management accounts, annual accounts, budgets etc 
  • Evidence of board involvement in budget and corporate plan development 
  • An appropriate level of unrestricted reserves to be decided as a target by the board, eg three months’ expenditure 
  • Evidence that the board supports achieving the reserves target should be place and evidence that the board has a plan for achieving it (say over five years)

Corporate governance useful reading

Managerial guidance

  • The Scottish Arts Council expects organisations to pay artists at appropriate levels.  We encourage you to consider experience, track record and the nature of the project when setting rates of pay.
  • Appointments would be expected to be made to individuals with relevant experience 
  • Staff and any volunteers should be competent, properly trained and qualified for the tasks they have to perform
  • Annual update financial training programme in place for finance staff
  • Job descriptions for budget holders should clearly define the level and area of the overall budget that the employee has responsibility for
  • All job holders should have an organisational structure sheet attached to their job description showing clear reporting lines for everyone

Further guidance on appropriate terms and conditions can be sourced from the following organisations:

Managerial guidance for organisations with buildings 

  • The premises comply with all statutory requirements to the best of their ability
  • The premises are functional at all required times
  • Premises costs are maintained within budgets
  • Equipment and supplies budgets are set and maintained
  • Capital and revenue purchases are correctly identified
  • Appropriate venue security to preserve employee safety and asset security
  • Appropriate technical support services and maintenance arrangements are identified and commissioned
  • The working environment is maintained as safe and secure at all times

Managerial guidance useful reading

See Also
* Quality Framework: Guidelines for Arts Organisations
* Care, Diligence and Skill: Scottish Arts Council
* A Short Guide to Constitutions: Scottish Arts Council
* Greenbook: Appraisal and Evaluation in Central Government
* Musicians Union
* Equity
* Scottish Artists Union
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