After months of warnings about the looming ‘cultural catastrophe’ the country was facing, the £1.57 billion support package announced is the first step towards restoring Britain’s cultural sector back to health, but as ever the devil will be in the detail. 🎭🖼️🎻
For the creative and cultural sectors, the COVID-19 crisis has been catastrophic. As the country went into lockdown, venues closed and productions were called off, leaving many people in the industry without employment.
Whilst this long-awaited rescue package is a welcome lifeline many organisations have been calling for, it is now crucial for the Government to provide details on the allocation and investment of the funds to ensure this funding reaches organisations and artists most in need of immediate support.
Arts and culture provide £11bn a year to the UK economy and supports 363,700 jobs. In the West of England, the cultural sector has been the source of green and inclusive jobs powering up our local economy.
Councillor Mike Bell, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader of North Somerset Council commented: “This announcement is a welcome and much-needed lifeline for the creative, cultural and arts industries, which have been hit so very hard by the ongoing crisis.
“It has been brilliant to see the innovative ways in which theatres, performers and artists across the sector have adapted and brought their outstanding skills on to the digital stage. Only this weekend we saw a great range of live music being staged online in aid of Weston Hospicecare and organised by Reaper Events.
“In order to protect the future of North Somerset’s museums, galleries, theatres, creatives and music venues, it is crucial the Government acts quickly to provide detail on how these funds will be allocated. The cultural, creative, arts and heritage sectors are the life-blood of our communities, and they will play a vital role in the nation’s social and economic recovery.
“North Somerset has a proud reputation for arts, culture and creative industries, with nationally recognised venues and creatives like the Curzon Cinema and Theatre Orchard. They need certainty on the support that will be available and North Somerset needs its fair share of the cash."