Arts & Business Scotland has launched a one-month campaign to persuade art lovers to leave a charitable legacy to arts charities. ‘Love the arts, Leave to the arts’ includes the opportunity to get a basic Will written or amended at no charge by participating law firms if the individual leaves a legacy to a cultural charity taking part in the scheme.
More than 40 arts organisations are involved in the campaign, from national companies like the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to local venues like The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh.
Barclay Price, Chief Executive of Arts & Business Scotland said: “The passion Scottish arts audiences show in supporting culture is impressive, but people are often not aware that most arts organisations are registered charities. Through raising the profile of arts legacy giving we want to encourage supporters to make a bequest to help ensure their cherished companies can continue to give pleasure and inspiration for the generations that follow”.
Across Scotland 24 law offices are involved in the scheme. Austin Lafferty, President of the Law Society of Scotland, which is supporting the initiative, said “This fantastic scheme means, that for a modest legacy, a free will can be drawn up by regulated professionals, benefitting the individual, their family and Scotland’s vibrant arts community”.
Author Alexander McCall Smith is supporting the scheme and said: “Everyone should have a will. That’s how you provide for family and friends. Why not use your will to help the vibrant cultural life that makes Scotland such a fine place to live? A legacy to the arts is a small gesture that makes a very big difference.”
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