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Charitable and community

Development fund for the creative industries

In 2019 CLA agreed a ‘Policy for Undistributed Amounts’ that is assigned to non-UK rightsholders. This means that from 20/21 onwards, where we have money that is over three years old relating to non-UK rightsholders that we are unable to distribute, these monies may be reallocated to our members for distribution to rightsholders and/or added to our Development Fund.

The Development Fund is to be used to support good causes in the creative industries and to assist in the development of collective licensing overseas.

In September 2020 the Board agreed to donate £100,000 from this fund to support the following 4 charities who promote literacy and creativity.

These donations have been very gratefully received and here are some comments and reactions from the organisations concerned.

Listening Books simply could not continue to deliver the wonderful benefits of reading via the spoken word without such generosity. We particularly appreciate your support at this challenging time, when our audiobook service has become more vital than ever for our members.

– William Dee, Chief Executive, Listening Books


The donation will make such a big difference to the work we do. We are coming to the end of the 2019-20 cycle of Scholarships, and the timing of this donation will allow us to start planning for 2020-21 with fresh ambition.

– Alan Terry and Trustees, Reading List Foundation


Thank you for your very generous donation to our charity. This will have an enormous effect on our work and enable us to continue our projects in prisons and schools whilst also improving and expanding our reach

- Sarah Moorehead, Chair of Trustees, Give A Book


Your support is very much appreciated and will be put to very good use as we deliver our work nationally. The pandemic has hit us hard financially, like so many charities, but the need for our programmes is seeing heightened demand and impact as is reading more generally.”

– Karen Napier, Chief Executive, The Reading Agency


Community activity

Each year our people volunteer to take part in community activity that has a positive and responsible impact on the communities in which we work, while also being a great benefit to staff and their well-being.

Over recent years, teams from our offices in Edinburgh and London, together with some of our field-based workers, have taken time out to support charitable organisations working on local environmental projects.

In the last 3 years, our people have helped:

2021Tree Time, Edinburgh and KIDS, London

2019Gorgie Farm, Edinburgh and Trees for Cities, London

2018Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and Vauxhall City Farm, London

2017Marine Conservation Society and Dulwich Park, London


Staff organised charity fundraising events

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